If you are struggling with problematic gambling, you might consider contacting a gambling addiction hotline. Gambling hotlines are a great starting point if you want immediate support and need help identifying resources. There are national gambling hotlines available and there are also state and local resources. Any of these can provide a wealth of information about gambling addiction and how to get help.

When Should You Call a Problem Gambling Hotline?

If you realize that you have a problem controlling your desire to gamble or your gambling impulses, it can be a good idea to call a gambling problem hotline. The sooner you contact a hotline or reach out for help, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Even if you don’t believe that you are addicted, but you are experiencing problems in your life, calling a gambling hotline might be beneficial.

Other signs that mean you might benefit from calling a gambling problem hotline are:

  • You are secretive about your gambling
  • You don’t care about the consequences of gambling
  • Your family and loved ones have expressed concerns

What Kinds of Questions Will I Be Asked?

Some of the questions you may be asked if you call a gambling hotline include:

  • Whether or not you’re currently safe and not in a life-threatening situation
  • If you need crisis counseling at that moment
  • What the extent of your gambling problem is and how long it’s been going on
  • Specific situations that you might be in as a result of a gambling addiction
  • If you would like to receive help or referrals for local treatment programs or support

Benefits of Calling a Gambling Addiction Hotline

There are several gambling hotline benefits. First, when you have any problematic behavior or addiction that you aren’t in control of, you have to take a first step toward change. Calling a gambling hotline can be a simple first step if you aren’t ready to do anything else yet.

When you have a gambling problem, it can feel overwhelming, and you may not know where to turn for help or support. A gambling hotline can provide you with information and resources that can help you make an informed decision on the best next step.

Are Gambling Hotlines Free?

Most gambling hotlines are toll-free. If a helpline for gambling isn’t free, then you may want to choose another option for help. There should never be a charge for contacting a hotline or helpline.

Is My Call Confidential?

If you call a gambling helpline, your call should be completely confidential and no one should contact you in the future if you ask for them not to.

National Gambling Hotline

The National Problem Gambling Helpline, operated by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), is available to you and can be reached via phone or text at 1-800-522-4700. The National Helpline is confidential and available 24 hours a day. Additionally, there is an online helpline chat available on the NCPG website.

Self-help resources including Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon are options for you as well. Gamblers Anonymous is a 12-step program for men and women who struggle with gambling. Gam-Anon is a group for family members and loved ones of compulsive gamblers.

Gambling Hotline Finder

If you would like to access the Gambling Hotline Finder, it’s available on the help and treatment page of NCPG. The list provides state-by-state resources if you’re searching for local help with your gambling problem.

Local Gambling Hotlines

If you are looking for a local gambling hotline, the following are resources for each state, although this is not a complete list. These resources can give you a good starting point to get help for a gambling addiction.

Alabama

Alabama Council On National Compulsive Gambling, Inc.

334-277-5100

Arizona

Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling

800-777-7207

California

California Council on Problem Gambling

1-800-426-2537

Colorado

Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado

1-800-522-4700

Connecticut

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

959-230-4034

Delaware

Delaware Council on Gambling Problems

888-850-8888

Florida

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

407-865-6200

Georgia

Georgia Council on Problem Gambling

1-866-922-7369

Illinois

Illinois Council on Problem Gambling

800-522-4700

Indiana

Indiana Council on Problem Gambling

800-994-8448

Kansas

Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling

800-522-4700

Kentucky

Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling

800-426-2537

Louisiana

Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling

318-227-0883

Maine

Maine Council on Problem Gambling

207-520-0293

Maryland

Maryland Council on Problem Gambling

1-800-522-4700

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

617-426-4554

Michigan

Michigan Association on Problem Gambling

1-800-270-7117

Minnesota

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance

800-333-4673

Mississippi

Mississippi Council on Problem & Compulsive Gambling

601-853-8351

Montana

Montana Council on Problem Gambling

888-900-9979

Nebraska

Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling

833-238-6837

New Jersey

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

1-800-246-2537

New York

New York Council on Problem Gambling

877-846-7369

North Carolina

North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling

1-800-522-4700

Ohio

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

1-800-589-9966

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling

1-800-522-4700

Oregon

Oregon Council on Problem Gambling

1-877-695-4648

Nevada

Nevada Council on Problem Gambling

800-522-4700

New Mexico

New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling

800-572-1142

Pennsylvania

Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania

800-848-1880

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling

877-942-6253

Virginia

Virginia Council on Problem Gambling

1-800-522-4700

Washington

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

800-547-6133

1-800-GAMBLER

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling

800-426-2535

Wyoming

Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling

1-800-522-4700

If you’re struggling with problematic gambling, national and state resources are available. The above organizations can give you an idea of where to begin if you’re looking for gambling addiction hotlines. If you are struggling with gambling addiction in addition to a substance use disorder, contact The Recovery Village at  352.771.2700 and learn more about treatment for co-occurring disorders.

    

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