Gambling Addiction and How OARS Can Help

April 14, 2021

Since 2015, OARS has worked mostly with patients who have an opioid use disorder. Through our experience we’ve have learned that many of our patients develop a co-dependence to other substance use disorders as well.

According to, gambling is a $40 billion dollar industry in the United States. In Las Vegas alone—the unofficial gambling capital of the world—the casinos bring in over 10 billion dollars from people placing bets.

Gambling disorder involves repeated problematic gambling behavior that causes significant problems or distress. It is also called gambling addiction or compulsive gambling.

Besides causing dependency, gambling has many negative physical effects and psychological effects.

Gambling disorder can result in these physical effects:

Gambling disorder can result in these psychological effects:

If you think your loved one has a dependency on gambling, look for signs such as:

Treatment for dependency on gambling, which OARS now treats, includes:

If you have any questions about our treatment options or want to learn more about getting into treatment at OARS, call us at 724-912-6277. We’re here to answer any questions you have to get help for you or your loved ones.