There’s no doubt you’ve seen the many casinos that line the streets here in Billings, and it’s highlighted a very serious problem with gambling addiction. Personally, I’ve seen people go through it and it doesn’t come out never well, but I wanted to know where Montana ranks in general in terms of the severity of gambling addiction. Bad news for everyone, we rank in the top five worst states for this.
How can someone get addicted to gambling?
When someone is addicted to gambling, they’re not necessarily addicted to the games themselves, they’re addicted to the dopamine rush you feel when you win. So if they lose, they’ll usually keep going just to get that feeling back.
However, it can absolutely ruin someone’s life because gambling costs money and soon the addict will be left with no money or in heavy debt. They may even resort to stealing to get the money they need to keep going.
Where does Montana rank?
According to data from Wallethub.com, Montana ranks 4th in the nation for gambling addiction, with only South Dakota, Mississippi and Nevada above it. The information for their research was found using two statistics they call “gambling usability” and “gambling problem and processing.”
Gambling usability seems to be the accessibility and legality of gambling in that particular state, and problem gambling and treatment is related to how many people have gambling disorders and how many ways to treat those particular disorders. Montana’s scores were #3 in Usability and #3 in Game Processing, so it looks like we have a lot of ways to access the game, but we also have a lot of ways to deal with this problem.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there is help. You can contact the National Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for more information.
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