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March Madness Problematic For People With a Gambling Disorder

Madness (n.) – a state of frenzied or chaotic activity.

March (n.) – the third month of the year.


March Madness is one of the most famous sporting events that Americans bet on.  One overlooked aspect is that the tournament itself doesn’t conclude until early April. From brackets and box-pools to fantasy leagues and office wagers, there are many ways that global gamblers can indulge. We know that the outcome of the Villanova win may have been a great outcome for some but the loss was certainly felt by many.


Whether a problem gambler is betting online, at a sportsbook, with friends or at work, it is good to know that The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey offers a 24/7 gambling help hotline. Gambling on popular events such as the NCAA Final Four can seem harmless to some, but others realize the seriousness that can come with sports betting.


Disordered gambling is a treatable illness. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can potentially help you realize if you have a problem:


  • Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  • After a win, did you have a strong urge to try to win more?
  • After a loss, did you feel as if you needed to bet more to redeem yourself?
  • Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
  • Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
  • Has gambling ever made you unhappy?

These questions are just a few indicators of a potential gambling disorder.


Luckily for New Jersey residents, 1-800-GAMBLER provides a complete list of Gamblers Anonymous meetings in NJ. The 24/7 confidential hotline and website provide support, treatment and hope for anybody who needs it. Our dedicated team of experts is friendly, knowledgeable, and readily available.


In conclusion, there doesn’t have to be madness associated with any month of the year. Help is available. The cause is close to our hearts, and if it is close to yours, feel free to visit today. Our site offers an interactive chat option and also provides a way where users can send a text message to gain mobile access to our helpful resources.


Gambling addiction is treatable. There is hope. The ball is in your court.