Click to Chat

The Center

The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center), a program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, promotes healthy and informed choices regarding gambling and problem gambling by:

  • Providing a free and confidential 24-hour Helpline – 1-800-GAMBLER (Text: 1-800-426-2537) for those struggling with problems due to gambling.
  • Educating the citizens of Maryland about the risks of gambling and gambling addiction through Public Awareness
  • Training counselors, educators, prevention specialists, and other health care and social service providers and developing new training approaches to help individuals and their families.
  • Creating a network of problem gambling capable Treatment providers by providing technical assistance to health care and behavioral health care providers and maintaining a problem gambling counselor Referral List to address the issue of problem gambling.
  • Assisting individuals dealing with at risk and problem gambling through Peer Recovery Support.
  • Developing and implementing Prevention and community outreach programs.
  • Providing Public Policy information on strategies to address the impact of gambling on Public Health within Maryland.
  • Engaging in evaluation and Research.


Call 1-800-GAMBLER or Text 1-800-426-2537

Have the conversation today about the risks of gambling and how to keep gambling safe with knowledgeable listeners who can provide resources for help and information and referrals to counselors.


Counseling for gambling problems at no cost to Maryland residents is now available for anyone seeking help regardless of insurance coverage, financial status or ability to pay. You or your family can receive help for a gambling problem without adding any additional financial burden to your life.


The Center now offers Peer Recovery Support Specialists to help individuals seeking to limit, control or stop their gambling. Peers connect help seekers with the most useful resources in their communities so they continue to work toward their goals in dealing with any gambling problems.