A variety of terms is used to describe gambling issues and addiction. To provide consistency, DMHA will use the following terms when addressing specific gambling criteria:
The term “problem gambling” is used when referring to prevention, education and/or awareness activities.
The term “gambling disorder” is used when referring to gambling addiction and/or treatment services. Similar to an alcohol or drug addiction, a gambling addiction is a progressive disorder that can have negative implications for the addicted individual’s health, family, finances and career.