Why Should We Care?

Five to seven percent of Wisconsin's population (268,000 to 375,000 residents) are problem/compulsive gamblers. Not only does compulsive gambling shatter the lives of men, women and their families, it results in economic loss to society. There is hope for recovery. Compulsive gambling can be diagnosed and is a treatable illness. It is called the "hidden illness" since there is no breath odor nor stumbling of steps or speech. Nonetheless, it is as debilitating as alcohol or drug addiction.