With the increase of legalized gambling in all but two states, Utah and Hawaii, the activity has become a social norm for most people, however not without controversy. With widespread gambling, the number of problem gamblers grows and is accompanied by an increase in crimes related to gambling.
In many cases, problem gambling does not occur in isolation. Research suggests that individuals with a gambling disorder experience significantly more comorbid disorders during their lifetime than the general population. Comorbidity is the presence of two or more chronic disorders or conditions at the same time.