This week is problem gambling prevention week in the area.

According to research from the Responsible Gambling Council over 2,000 people in the Cochrane District area are negatively impacted by problem gambling. The same study shows about 3.5 per cent of the province has a severe gambling problem.

Early signs of having a gambling problem include experiencing extreme highs and lows from gambling wins and losses and playing more to win back losses.

Addiction worker at North Cochrane addiction services, Chantal Boissonneault says for those with a serious problem gambling is more than just a game.

Boissonneault says there are lots of resources available to anyone who has a gambling problem. She says by paying attention to how gambling makes you feel, you may be able to prevent a potential problem.

More information on the North Cochrane Addiction Services is available here.

For the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline click here.

(Written by: Rudy Kadlec)