Self-exclusion specialist Gamban has announced a new partnership this week with The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia. The collaboration will make the firm’s online gambling blocking software available for free to those in the Mountain State accessing their services.
The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia has helped over 15,000 people with gambling addiction, and their loved ones, since 2000 and employs a network of over 70 state-wide therapists for treatment referrals.
Recognized nationally for its innovative approach to providing treatment for gambling addiction, this state-wide program includes a 24-hour helpline, referrals to gambling addiction specialists, support groups, retreat weekends, and much more. PGHNWV also provides training opportunities, prevention and outreach services.
According to Gamban, gambling addiction continues to be a very serious problem for many in West Virginia. Drawing from data provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling in 2019, it warned that around one in 50 residents in the Mountain State may have a gambling problem. Personal finance site WalletHub named West Virginia the 6th “most gambling-addicted” State in a 2019 study.
Melissa Etherington, Partnerships Manager at Gamban, commented: “I am very pleased to be working with The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia and happy that this partnership will provide an extra resource and layer of protection for those whose gambling has become a problem for them in West Virginia.”
Jennifer Davis-Walton, Director of Gambling Addiction Services at First Choice Services, Inc, added: “It is exciting to partner with Gamban to provide a valuable tool for so many. With more accessibility to online gambling, the benefits of Gamban software are immeasurable for those experiencing gambling problems.”