Dealing with interference during Super Bowl Sunday

Broncos vs Seahawks in 2012.  Licensed for Commercial Use per Creative Commons.  License:  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/.  No changes made.  Original image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/deegephotos/7950139504/, by Daniel Spiess.

Broncos vs Seahawks in 2012. Licensed for Commercial Use per Creative Commons. License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/. No changes made. Original image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/deegephotos/7950139504/, by Daniel Spiess.

Punt if you have gambling issues

So, I hope you guys enjoy the game.  May the best team win.  With the Eagles and Patriots out, I’m pretty much done with football for this year, so I’m more rooting for the Budweiser horses trampling on the naked Go Daddy ladies.

However, the game is potentially problematic for others.  If you have a gambling problem, the game (and other betting opportunities) could be harmful to yourself physically (over the long haul) and it could possibly be harmful to those you love financially and in terms of your relationship with them.

Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) suggests asking the following questions1:

• Do you gamble?

• If so, have you ever lied about how much you gamble?

• If so, have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?

If you answer “yes” to either of the last 2 questions, Whyte suggests that you speak to a therapist experienced in treating gambling problems or call the NCPG hotline (1-800-522-4700), where you can find self-help resources and counselors in your area.

It is possible to enjoy the game without gambling, by just enjoying the football, or, like me, enjoying the commercials (although this year I’ll be spending the evening just playing board games with friends).  Redefine the evening.

1 Also see:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/819750_1

What happens on the field stays on the field, and does not happen at home as much as previously thought

In better news, it appears that you are far safer from domestic abuse during the Super Bowl than at other family gatherings such as Christmas2.  So, use your common sense, watch your loved one’s and your own alcohol intake, and, if there is a history of domestic violence, make sure you have a backup plan.  In a crunch, call 911 and/or a domestic violence hotline (in Delaware County, PA, call 911 and/or 610-565-4590, the hotline for the Domestic Abuse Project.  Otherwise, you can call your local emergency number and/or this national domestic violence hotline:  1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224).

Enjoy the game and keep the focus on the game.

2 See:  http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/superbowl.asp

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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