During the pandemic, the number of people accessing online gambling platforms has surged.
Brick-and-mortar casinos were closed for a time and people stuck at home were looking for ways to escape stress and boredom.
Some gambling addiction counselors worry that the expansion of online platforms, the monetization of online gaming and the pressures of the pandemic are making it easier than ever for people to slide into destructive patterns.
When does placing a bet on a basketball game turn from a bit of fun into a serious problem that can wreck finances and jeopardize relationships?
Host Angela Davis talks to two guests about what they see and how to help.
Susan Sheridan Tucker is executive director of Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance.
Lisa Vig-Johnson is an addiction counselor specializing in gambling addiction. She runs the program Gamblers Choice based in Fargo, North Dakota.
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