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LR to partner with N.C. on problem gambling awareness

Wed Oct 9 2013

There are few things more devastating to any family than addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction may be the best-addictions, but problem gambling can be equally destructive.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has been awarded a $5,000 grant to fund the university’s Problem Gambling Outreach, Prevention and Awareness program. The grant was issued by the office of North Carolina’s Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

The grant will be used to fund the university’s ongoing Gambling Outreach program and to issue a student survey to better understand and address students with problem gambling. It will also fund other outreach efforts including a t-shirt giveaway at a November home football game, attending counseling addictions classes and providing information to students about coping with problem gambling and identifying the warning signs.

This is the second time LR has been awarded the grant—the first time was during the 2011-2012 school year. LR’s Director of Counseling Services Jenny Smith will implement the grant with assistance from graduate assistant Kyle Eaker.

The state has offered technical assistance and support throughout the grant period. The grant money cannot be used for staff or faculty salaries.

More information is available at www.morethanagamenc.org or by calling 877-718-5543.

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