Center on Problem Gambling

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About Problem Gambling

Do You Have A Gambling Concern?

If you think you or someone you care about has a gambling problem call our confidential, 24/7 Helpline at: 1-800-522-4700. Specialists in problem gambling are there to assist you in finding local resources. Helpline services are available in over 100 languages with the use of ATT language line. TTY services are also available to all callers.

What Is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling is any gambling, betting or wagering that causes family, financial, legal, emotional or other problems for the gambler, their family or others. Gambling problems can be mild or quite severe and can worsen over time.

Also known as compulsive gambling or pathological gambling and first recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an impulse control disorder in 1980 as a result of the pioneering work of Robert Custer M.D. Pathological gambling is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition (DSM IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Warning Signs

Help is available

Call the Helpline 1-800-522-4700 and speak with someone who can get you to the help you may need.

All calls are free
All calls are confidential
Call anytime, 24 hours a day

Effects of Problem Gambling

Source: National Council on Problem Gambling