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Help for people struggling with gambling addictions

Experts say many people with gambling addictions started by betting on sports or fantasy leagues.
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - — It’s estimated more than five million Americans battle gambling addiction, and experts say many of them started by betting on sports or fantasy leagues.

There’s also a growing body of evidence that people are becoming addicted to fantasy sports sites even though those sites aren’t technically regulated as online betting sites.

Earlier this year the United States Supreme Court cleared the path for states to adopt sports gambling.

Dr. Roger Laroche is an addiction expert with Allina Health. Dr. Laroche shared some important insight on dependency.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, call Allina’s Mental Health & Addiction Connection at 1 (866) 603-0016. Check out their website for more information about gambling addiction warning signs and treatment options.

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