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Get Gambling Addiction Help

Once you recognize that gambling has become a problem for you, you may decide to enroll in a self-exclusion program right away. You may want to learn more about gambling addiction treatment. Or you may want more information to better understand how gambling works—and why some people develop addictive or compulsive gambling behaviors, while others do not. We’re here to help.

 

Resources for Those Who Gamble

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board provides educational materials and a comprehensive list of resources for individuals seeking help, for themselves or a loved one.

Your First Step to Change

If you’re at all concerned about gambling, we encourage you to download “Your First Step to Change.” It offers facts about gambling and will help you to understand your own behaviors and guide you through the process of change.

10 Rules of Responsible Gambling

Many people enjoy gaming and other types of gambling as a safe form of entertainment. If you follow these 10 rules, you can too.

Gamblers Anonymous

Share your experiences and hope with others. The only requirement for joining is a desire to stop gambling.

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Self-Exclusion

If you are concerned that you or loved one has a gambling problem, we are here to answer your questions and guide you to help.

 

Resources for Friends and Family

If you suspect someone you know has a gambling problem, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Call the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA’s confidential helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER for treatment options, or check out the following resources.

Helping the Gambler

It’s important that you open up the conversation in a direct, compassionate and honest way—and be prepared for a challenge. See how.

How to Protect Yourself

If a loved one’s gambling is affecting your life, creating stress, anxiety, and financial problems, it may be time to get help.

GAM-ANON

Gam-Anon is a 12-step support program for individuals whose lives have been devastated by the compulsive gambling of a loved one.

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Gambling Addiction Treatment

Low-cost or no-cost problem gambling treatment is available through the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for individuals with a gambling addiction and their family members. For more information and for a list of participating treatment provider, visit DDAP’s website or call 1-800-GAMBLER for the contact information of a treatment professional near you.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA

pacouncil.com or call 1-800-GAMBLER

The National Council on Problem Gambling

ncpgambling.org or call 1-800-522-4700

The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol’s Gambling Addiction Participating Providers List

The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol’s Gambling Addiction Participating Providers List  or call 1-800-GAMBLER for the contact information of a treatment professional near you.

Gambler’s Anonymous of PA

Gambler’s Anonymous of PA or call 1-800-GAMBLER for a meeting near you.

The Board’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling

problemgambling@pa.gov or call 717-346-8300.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

If you or someone you know has or may have a gambling problem, please: