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Gambling Addiction

Youth gambling addiction is growing.

The statistics are alarming. A survey of adolescents found that more than 80 percent of those between 12 and 17 say they have gambled in the last 12 months. More than 35 percent say they gamble at least once a week. Clearly, gambling addiction is not just an adult problem.

Adolescent Gambling Prevention Program

The Don't Gamble Away Our Future program has been in existence since 2004 and has been presented to over 45,000 students in Illinois to date. This prevention and education program is most commonly provided in the school setting to students ages 8-18 years of age. This interactive session aids students in exploring the impact of gambling at home, school and in the community and directs students to additional resources for support.

If you are interesting in learning more about the gambling prevention program, please contact Heidi Scuffham.


Heidi Scuffham


About Heidi

Heidi earned her Master's degree from Bradley University in Leadership and Human Services Administration and holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Iowa State University. Heidi has worked with clients in a variety of settings including: adolescents with chemical dependency, individuals with disabilities, at-risk families, foster care & adoption, chronic mentally ill adults and the elderly. Throughout her career at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Heidi has presented the Don't Gamble Away Our Future Prevention & Education program to schools across Illinois. Using an interactive format, Heidi speaks with students about gambling, misconceptions surrounding it and how a gambling addiction can affect all areas of a person's life. Heidi continues to be passionate about offering education and prevention to students about gambling, in order to assist them in making long term positive life choices.

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