The hub of gambling in the US now hosts one more gambling addiction treatment center. A new gambling addiction treatment center opened by The Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA’s second – will now be helping those having compulsive gambling issues and also offer substance abuse treatment.
The Las Vegas VA Residential Recovery and Renewal Center, also known as LVR3, will host 30- and 45-day programs to treat problem gamblers and those seeking help with drug abuse.
This is only the second of its kind center at VA. The first gambling addiction treatment center by the Veteran’s department was also the first of its kind in the country. It was opened back in 1972 at the Brecksville, Ohio, VA Medical Center, which is now a part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
The medical center was the only one in the country and would be busy with about 100 veterans coming for treatment annually.
Now part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, it was the sole inpatient treatment center for gambling addiction, drawing more than 100 veterans annually from around the country for care.
Gambling Addiction In The US
Gambling addiction in the US has been on the rise, especially since the US Supreme Court legalized sports gambling last year.
The stats from the country’s National Council on Problem Gambling reveal that about one percent of adults in the US require professional treatment for gambling addiction.
It also finds that about 3 percent of US-adults could qualify as problem gamblers. Nevada has the highest percentage of pathological gambling; a 2002 report estimated 2.2 to 3.6 percent of Nevada residents over the age of 18 could be called problem gamblers. Also, 2.7 to 4.3 percent could be called probable pathological gamblers.
Earlier in the year, NCPG published its National Survey of Gambling Attitudes And Gambling Experiences. In the study, 63% opined that gambling and casino operators should take measures to ensure responsible gambling.