Sarah Pfennigs

Sarah Pfennigs is a corporate copywriter, journalist and blogger based in Arizona. Born and raised in Iowa, Sarah got her undergraduate degree in studio art. Over the last two decades, she’s created digital and print content for gaming, entertainment, culinary, hospitality, insurance, higher education and small community living. When she’s not telling someone else’s story, she’s writing her own by embracing her greatest loves: cooking, music, reading, animals, true crime, red wine, and — of course — her friends and family.
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In Iowa, Help Is Just A Phone Call Away With 1-800 BETS OFF

Gambling addiction is a lonely place. Those who suffer from compulsive gambling often believe no one understands the pain, isolation, and destruction it causes. Your Life Iowa, has a crisis hotline — 1-800 BETS OFF — specifically designated for individuals who think or know their gambling habits are out of control. Funded by the Iowa […]
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Online sports betting addiction

Gambling Addiction Awareness: How To Control Online Sports Betting In Iowa

March Madness reminds us that online sports betting is instant, accessible and everywhere. In Iowa alone, residents wagered almost $1.25 billion in the first six months of the current fiscal year. About 90% of those bets were placed remotely through a smartphone, tablet or browser. That convenience carries some responsibility, according to mental health professionals and […]
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Self-exclusion

Iowa’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: A Safe Bet

From treatment plans to risk assessment, the state of Iowa has several resources to assist individuals who struggle with compulsive gambling disorder. In fact, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) has an option that could help put a stop to the sleepless nights, dwindling funds, and relationship fallout that can occur from the addiction: […]
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Problem gambling

8 Warning Signs of Gambling Addiction (And How To Get Help)

From scratch tickets to sports bets, Iowans have no shortage of gambling options. If those fun weekend trips to the casino have gotten more frequent and you’re noticing some troubling changes in your life associated with betting, it might be time to review the warning signs of gambling addiction. According to the Iowa Department of […]
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