Paramount Wellness Retreat’s resident addiction expert and recovery specialist, Dominic Chianese Jr., visits Spectrum News NY1 to discuss the recent development of teens being easily exposed to gambling and how it can easily link to drug and alcohol addiction at an early age.
According to the state of New York’s Office of Addiction Services and Support, gambling is more accessible than ever. Additionally, the National Council on Problem Gambling reports that teens exposed to gambling are at greater risk of developing addictions than any other age group.
The National Council on Problem Gambling also states how easy access to online gambling during the pandemic has heightened risks for young adults.
Paramount Wellness Retreat’s addiction coach and expert, Dominic Chianese Jr., discuss teen gambling.
Dominic stated that with contemporary ease of access to gambling, “you don’t have to go to the racetrack or the casino, it’s all right there in the palm of your hand.”
Dominic further stated that “at Paramount Wellness Retreat, we primarily deal with Substance Use Disorders, but there are very often co-occurring disorders.”
He concludes, “when you’re talking about addiction—this obsessive-compulsive spectrum—they often start young.”
Chianese informs us in this interview that gambling is a gateway to addiction. It shares the same addictive route as a mental problem and is a brain-based disease. However, with the dual-diagnosis approach offered at Paramount Wellness Retreat, it is treatable.