Exposing the Dark Side of Gambling Addiction

Facts and Figures on Compulsive Gambling


Ed is one of the co-founders of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. and serves as its current Executive Director. He has a background of over 30 years as a gambling lecturer and is a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (CCGC).

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey


Some Facts and Figures
About Compulsive Gambling

Compiled by Edward Looney, CCGC, Executive Director
Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.

Compulsive gambling is a MAJOR health problem across America.


Compulsive (pathological) gambling  is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an impulse control disorder---and is widely recognized and treated as an addiction by most treatment professionals.

Recent research also has shown that there may be a genetic component of the disease…and that certain persons could be at high risk of becoming compulsive gamblers because of their genetic make up.  Other treatment professionals believe the cause to be people living in families where addiction is prevalent and others believe it is a learned behavior. Compulsive gamblers, in the desperation phase of their gambling, exhibit high suicide ideation and marked increase in illegal activity.

Compulsive gamblers cause higher costs to society due to their illegal activity in their desperation phase, namely fraud, embezzlement, employee thefts and other "white collar crimes."  Higher costs in police, judiciary (civil and criminal) and corrections result because of compulsive gambling.

The impact on family members is devastating.  Compulsive gamblers cause havoc and pain to all family members.  The spouses and other family members also go through progressive deterioration in their lives.  In this desperation phase, dysfunctional families are left with a legacy of anger, resentment, isolation and many times hate.  Compulsive gambling kills families.  The result is without treatment, the good life they want for their families is not possible.