Compulsive Gambling in the US: Help State by State

Alabama

Alabama has two main centers for help and resources on problem gambling.

Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling is a non-profit, gambling-neutral organization that provides support and prevention programs to gambling addicts in Alabama. The ACCG also provides professional training for mental health practitioners.

The National Council on Problem Gambling operates a 24-hour confidential helpline and live chat service. And US-wide self-help resources like Gamblers Anonymous, GamTalk, and Gam-Anon are available too.

Gamblers Anonymous facilitate a small selection of open and closed meeting across Alabama. GamTalk is a newer organization that runs a moderated forum for online peers. The forum runs 24/7 and provides excellent resources and information for addicts and players.

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; (205) 824-2473 (Birmingham hotline)

Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling: 4210 Lomac St, Montgomery, AL 36106; 1-334-277-5100

National Council on Problem Gambling: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

Alaska

Alaskan gamblers have access to several state-run, non-profit organizations for addiction, plus a wide selection of nationwide services.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services holds responsibility for addiction services in the state but is more focused on substance and alcohol abuse.

On a national level, Alaskans can get confidential help 24/7 through the National Council on Problem Gambling helpline. It’s free to use and you can also talk to counselors via the online chat service. The NCPG also has a quick self-assessment quiz if you want to gauge the level of support you might need.

Gamblers Anonymous is a statewide organization that helps peers run open and closed meeting for addicts and their loved ones. Currently, there is only one GA meeting running in Anchorage, but peers are able to set up their own regular meets.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: dhss.alaska.gov

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

Arizona

The Arizona Division of Problem Gambling is the state’s main government body that addresses compulsive gambling in the state. It was set up by the Department of Gaming to raise awareness of addiction in the state. Arizona’s state lottery, the Arizona Lottery, has been running similar programs since 1998.

Since 2002, two percent of contributions made by Arizona’s tribal casinos to the Arizona Benefits Fund goes toward prevention and education programs.

Arizona has a range of state-funded out-patient treatment providers for gambling addiction. But help is also available through the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling (ACCG), which provides education to individuals and families across the state. 

Gamblers Anonymous runs closed and open meetings for addicts, spouses and families. There are around 65 regular groups operating across Arizona.

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; (602) 266-9784 (Phoenix hotline)

Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling: 1-800-777-7207

Division of Problem Gambling: 1-800-NEXT-STEP; 1110 W. Washington St., Sutie 450, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

Arkansas

Arkansas has a higher rate of gambling addiction than the national average, according to recent statistics. However, there aren’t too many programs on a state level to treat problem gambling in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery operates a basic helpline for problem gamblers. But in reality, most help can be accessed on a national level. The National Problem Gambling Helpline is available to Arkansas gamblers any time, and there is a helpful live chat service too.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings are run by peers across the state. Open meetings are held weekly in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, and Siloam Springs. However, there are no local GA hotline numbers in Arkansas at time of writing.

Also on a national level, Gam-Anon is a good self-help organization aimed at friends and family of gambling addicts. Gam-Anon helps to set up meetings between those affected by addiction.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery: 1-800-522-4700

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

California

California has one of the biggest selections of cardrooms and casinos in the US. But there are plenty of resources available to compulsive gamblers in The Golden State.

The main state body is the Office of Problem Gambling. Working under the California Department of Public Health, the OPG develops prevention and treatment programs for compulsive gamblers.  They are also responsible for training counselors.

The OPG’s program consists of public awareness campaigns, a 24-hour phone support line (1-800-GAMBLER), and text support.

Gamblers Anonymous is a group of men and women who share their experiences with gambling addiction. As well as meetings, there are several phone support lines active in California.

There are currently over half a dozen hotline numbers operating across the state. The Hotline number provides phone support and is available to gamblers from Southern California and Northern California to Central Valley and Inland Empire. Gamblers Anonymous members run 200 regular open and closed meetings across the state.

California Problem Gambling Helpline: cdph.ca.gov; 1-800-GAMBLER

California Council on Problem Gambling: calpg.org; 714-765-5804

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

Colorado

Compulsive gamblers in Colorado have a selection of bodies for seeking help with addiction.

On a local level, the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC) increases awareness of compulsive gambling in the state. It is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling and works in partnership with the Colorado Gaming Association.

Gamblers can join a voluntary self-exclusion program which lets them be removed from land-based casino marking emails. Through the program, you can also cancel check-cashing services at any of Colorado’s legal casinos. Players can also use the facility’s helpline (1-800-522-4700) to get help over the phone.

Colorado has an active Gamblers Anonymous group which helps set up meetings across the state. There are around a dozen meetings running currently across Colorado and a hotline number (855-222-5542) which is manned by volunteers.

Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado: 1-800-522-4700

Gamblers Anonymous US: amblersanonymous.org; coloradoga.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: amtalk.org

Connecticut

Compulsive gamblers have a broad selection of resources and help groups available to them in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is an affiliate of the NCPG (National Council on Problem Gambling) who provide information on services to gamblers across Connecticut.

The CCPG is a non-profit organization that supports the development of prevention programs. These include self-exclusion programs at CT casinos like Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods and a range of gambling-specific treatment programs in the state.

Connecticut’s Bettor Choice Programs network is funded by the State of Connecticut. Programs are available at over 16 locations from Westport to Middletown. Services include peer recovery, medication, group support, and budget planning. Most services are free.

Gamblers Anonymous is a self-supporting organization that facilitates the running of meetings where addicts can share their experiences. GA runs a 12-Step Program that helps individuals recognize that compulsive gambling is an illness.

There are currently around 20 meetings held regularly across Connecticut but gamblers also have access to a hotline number (855-222-5542).

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling: ccpg.org; 888-789-7777 (phone)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.orgchat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

 

Delaware

Delaware is one of just a handful of US states that offers legalized and regulated online gambling. The state also has a range of racinos offering traditional table games. As a result, Delaware also offers the full range of services and programs for compulsive gamblers.

The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems (DCGP) is the state’s main health agency dedicated to gambling addiction. It was founded in 1979 and provides services for addicts and their families.

The DCGP runs a 24/7 confidential helpline and live chat service that are free to use. It also supports outpatient treatment programs including counseling.

The National Council on Problem Gambling offers support across the US. There is a 1-800 hotline and text service, as well as a live chat service (ncpgambling.orgchat) and online peer support forum. There are currently around a dozen GA and Gam-Anon meetings held weekly throughout Delaware.

Delaware Council on Gambling Problems: deproblemgambling.org; 888-850-8888 (phone)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org

 

Florida

Floridian gamblers have access to a range of state and nationwide services for addiction.

On a state level, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is the main source of help. The FCCG was set up in 1988 as a non-profit organization that operates under contract from the Florida state government.

 

The FCCG runs a 24-hour helpline for players in multiple languages. Floridians can also access a text line and live chat service to get support.

As well as helplines, the FCCG develops prevention and education programs, as well as training medical practitioners in Florida. It also oversees a Peer Connect program to buddy up compulsive gamblers who make contact.

On a national level, Gamblers Anonymous is active in Florida. There are over 75 weekly GA meetings running in Florida, including both open and closed sessions for gamblers.

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling: gamblinghelp.org; 888-236-4848 (helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org

 

Georgia

In a 2010 publication from Georgia State University, it was estimated that the state had around 380,000 problem gamblers. GSU has its own Problem Gambling Research & Intervention Project which works alongside the Georgia Department of Behavorial Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to help prevent and treat gambling addiction.

Georgia actually has some of America’s most prohibitive casino and gambling laws. However, it does offer some 24-hour support for problem gamblers in the state.

The Georgia Council on Problem Gambling (GCPG) offers multilingual care by phone 24/7. As well as trained call center staff, the GCPG provides workbooks and material to gamblers. While there is no free counseling offered, GCPG has access to a small number of private counselors accepted by insurance companies.

Georgia Council on Problem Gambling: georgiagamblinghelp.org; 1-800-522-4700 (hotline) Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

Hawaii

Hawaii has some of the US’s most draconian gambling laws. But that doesn’t mean that the Aloha State is free from gambling addiction. According to a 2016 report by the Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health, gambling had social costs of around $26m in the state. But further research is required to gauge how much of a problem compulsive gambling is in Hawaii.

On a national level, Hawaiians can access GamTalk, a 24/7 support forum moderated by peers, or Gamblers Anonymous, a fellowship of addicts who share their experiences of problem gambling. Currently, there are just two regular GA meetings, both of them in Honolulu.

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 808-284-8329 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Idaho

Idaho doesn’t have many standalone state-sponsored addiction programs for gambling. There are some gambling treatment centers in Boise, ID, including the Brick House Recovery Center which won Best of State award in 2014.

However, gamblers in Idaho still have access to nationwide services like Gamblers Anonymous, the National Problem Gambling Helpline, and the Gamtalk forum.

In addition, the Utah-Idaho Council on Problem Gambling was set up in 2012 to help increase awareness in addiction and responsible gaming.

There are around half a dozen regular GA meetings in Idaho. But Idaho residents also have access to a National Problem Gambling Helpline and Gamtalk online peer forum.

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; no local hotline

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Illinois

Illinois has a diverse range of casinos and gaming outlets. But like all US states where betting is legal, Illinois takes responsible gambling seriously.

The main body for research and education in the state is the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG). The ICPG raises public awareness in compulsive gambling and helps to promote research. It is funded by donations and membership and governed by volunteers.

Interestingly, ICPG programs are divided into age group (Youth, Adult, Senior Citizens) with related assistance and peer support groups available for gamblers and their families.

Gamblers Anonymous has an active network of sessions in Illinois. In 2019, there are over 70 meetings in Chicago and across the state. GA sessions are organized by gambling addicts, and meeting can be open (spouses, friends and family welcome) or closed (problem gamblers only).

Illinois Council on Problem Gambling: icpg.info; 217-652-9611

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Indiana

The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling is the state’s main resource for compulsive gamblers. The ICPG provides information on problem gambling as well as a full list of local treatment providers. Major counseling centers can be found in Michigan City, Bloomington, and Anderson.

The Life Recovery Center in Indianapolis runs a state-certified gambling disorder treatment program through its four centers. The program includes therapy sessions and financial counseling.

The Life Recovery Center has also signed up to the Indiana Gambling Commission’s Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP) which gives gamblers the chance to self-exclude from all casinos in Indiana using just a single form.

Indiana has an active Gamblers Anonymous network which runs sessions for addicts and their friends and families. There are around 20 sessions, both open and closed, running across Indiana. There is also a hotline number (855-222-5542) available for Indiana problem gamblers.

Indiana Council on Problem Gambling; indianaproblemgambling.org; 317-632-1364 (phone)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Iowa

Under recent state research, 13 percent of adult Iowans claimed to have a problem related to gambling. But luckily, there is help from both the state and US-wide programs.

The main state-sponsored service is the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program which operates under the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The program offers support via live chat, a 1-800 phoneline, and text (855-895-8398). Assistance is also available for friends and family members.

Additional outpatient support can also be received at Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) centers across Iowa, as well as Prelude Behavioural Services treatment centers.

Gamblers Anonymous is reasonably well-represented in Iowa. There are over a dozen regular meetings running weekly, and most are Open sessions which allow family members and friends to attend.

Iowa Gambling Treatment Program: yourlifeiowa.org/gambling

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; no local hotline

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Kansas

Kansas has a reasonable selection of land-based casino operations in the state, as well as a state lottery. But problem gambling resources – on a state level, at least – are relatively hard to come by.

The Kansas Responsible Gambling Alliance is a community organization that helps compulsive gamblers and families. Importantly, treatment is given to problem gamblers at no out-of-pocket cost. The State of Kansas offers to pay part or all or the whole cost of any outpatient treatment you might need.

The KRGA runs a 24-hour helpline offered under the umbrella of the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700). They will also provide referrals to certified counselors near the gambler.

In addition, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission runs a Voluntary Exclusion Program at state-owned casinos in Kansas City, Dodge City, and Pittsburg.

Kansas Responsible Gambling Alliance: ksgamblinghelp.com/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Kentucky

If you live in Kentucky and want help with problem gambling, there are a range of local and countrywide solutions.

At a local level, the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) is the largest resource for information and advice. It works in partnership with the Department of Behavorial Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and boasts a growth in the number of certified gambling addiction counselors since the late 1990s.

On the KYCPG website, you can get connected with an approved counselor and access 24-hour phone support at the River Valley Behavorial Health center.

Gamblers Anonymous is active in Kentucky, and there are over a dozen established meetings in the state. Most meets are open and are centered around Louisville.

Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling: kycpg.org; kygamblinghelp.org; 502-223-1823 (phone)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Louisiana

A recent Louisiana State Office of Behavorial Health report showed that over 200,000 gamblers in the state suffered from some form of compulsive gambling behavior.

Luckily, there is plenty of help for LA gamblers, and it won’t cost a dime. Problem gambling treatment is currently free for Louisiana residents.

The primary source of help is the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling, a non-profit organization which is funded by the Louisiana Casino Association and the State of Louisiana, but private donations are accepted. The LACG is also an affiliate for the National Council on Problem Gambling.

The LACG helps connect problem gamblers in Louisiana with recognized treatment centers around the state. It has also developed a new treatment concept that covers phone support, residential treatment, and an intensive outpatient program.

You can also attend a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Louisiana with or without family and friends. There are over 40 open and closed meetings running across the state. Baton Rouge and New Orleans have dedicated GA helplines.

Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling: helpforgambling.org; 1-877-770-STOP (phone)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 888-502-5610 (Baton Rouge), 855-222-5542 (New Orleans)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Maine

Gambling in the Pine State is limited to a handful of tribal venues, some popular horse racing sites and the state operated lottery. However, support for problem gamblers is constructive and is led by an active state council.

The Maine Council for Problem Gambling works closely with gambling organizations to eliminate problem gambling. It’s a non-profit organization and its work is funded from a portion of the state’s lottery.

The MCPG is involved with training the staff within gambling businesses in support of safe betting. The council is responsible for raising awareness and providing support resources to individuals. It also aims to encourage research and promote education into problem gambling across the state.

The council’s biggest initiative to date has been to establish a confidential helpline, 2-1-1. Use this number any time 24/7 and you can be referred to a number of different support providers. This network includes a variety of treatment styles from professionals who have undergone the required training.

Maine Council on Problem Gambling: maineproblemgambling.org/; 2-1-1 (state helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Maryland

Maryland has a proactive approach to supporting problem gambling within its state borders. It ranks in the top 10 of US states in terms of its financial support per capita.

In 2012 the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling was established. The center is part of Maryland University and has a comprehensive remit with regard to managing problem gambling across the state.

Amongst its many tasks the center is charged with conducting research, identifying issues and working with gambling organizations. Reforms have seen support networks established, awareness raising campaigns funded and the education of both businesses and individuals.

The center’s website provides a mine of information in the form of articles, blogs and videos for people seeking support. There are also links to all the help available across the state, as well as a 24 hour helpline 1-800-Gambler.

Further support, advice and advocacy can be found through the NCPG state affiliate, the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling.

Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling: mdproblemgambling.com/; 1-800-Gambler (Helpline)

Maryland Council on Problem Gambling: marylandproblemgambling.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Massachusetts

The Bay state has a long track record with working to reduce problem gambling, so that its citizens can enjoy gambling in a safe and well managed way.

Its primary organization, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling was established in 1983. Now part of the NCPG network it has been collaborating with, educating and training gambling businesses for decades. The agency’s remit includes raising public awareness and operating a 24/7 helpline – 1-800-426-1234.

If you’re looking for treatment you’ll need to head to the Dept for Public Health. This Government office manages a Public Health Trust Fund designed to support problem gamblers and those who are affected.  Its network seeks to provide research, prevention, treatment and recovery services.

There is also behavioral research, training and outreach work conducted by the Massachusetts’ Division of Addiction. It’s a faculty of the Teaching Hospital at the Harvard Medical School and its remit is as hands on as it is academic.

With a more education based focus the National Center for Responsible Gaming is the only national organization that focuses on the science of gambling disorders.

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling: masscompulsivegambling.org/; 1-800-426-1234 (Helpline)

Office of Problem Gambling Services: mass.gov/orgs/office-of-problem-gambling-services

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Michigan

Michigan state has a liberal approach to gambling and encourages a positive and safe approach to enjoying gambling recreationally. There are over 40 Detroit based casinos, poker rooms, horse racing and online gambling is permitted.

The Water Wonderland’s statewide support of problem gambling focuses on compulsive gamblers and those who are affected by it. There are treatment and recovery services available, as well as a 24 hour helpline, 1-800-270-7117. All this is operated by the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services.

The department is funded by contributions from state lottery, the Gaming Control Board and the state’s Racing Commission.  Its remit is to support problem gamblers and raise awareness of its services, along with efforts to reduce compulsive behaviors.

Supporting the work of the government department is the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, which is the state’s affiliate to the NCPG. The website is a good source of local events and meetings for support services.

Michigan Department for Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/mdhhs/ ; 1-800-270-7117 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline), 616-776-0666 (Grand Rapids – local)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Minnesota

In the state of Minnesota problem gambling is tackled and supported well. The Minnesota Department of Human Services serves as the umbrella body that subcontracts its support, recovery, research and prevention services.

These facilities include a state helpline that operates 24/7, 1-800-333-HOPE. The service can receive calls or texts and users will be connected directly to a professional for confidential help. Alternatively you can visit the website getgamblinghelp.com for more information.

Treatment services are available through a series of programs and with a comprehensive list of professional providers. These can be found on the state’s DHS website. For those in need of financial support, Minnesota is one of only 13 US states that can fund residential gambling treatment through its own public funds.

One of the subcontractors of the DHS’s services is the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. It serves as the NCPG state affiliate. Its task is to provide Minnesota with support and recovery groups as well as a comprehensive program of awareness raising campaigns and conferences.

Minnesota Department for Human Services: mn.gov/dhs/; 1-800-333-HOPE (Helpline)

Northstar Alliance for Problem Gambling: northstarproblemgambling.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Mississippi

Mississippi’s only coordinated gambling support services are organized by the NCPG state affiliate, the Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling. Like all other affiliates it’s a non-profit venture. This body gets its funding from an annual state allocation and receives a portion of revenue from the state’s gaming industry.

The activities of the agency include support, prevention, campaigning and training. It operates a free and confidential helpline where users can get professional help on a 24 hour basis, 1-888-777-9696.

The agency also supports the training of health care professionals and it conducts surveys and research into problem gambling and the surrounding issues.

Besides the support of the helpline though, its primary goal is to educate and raise public awareness. Campaigns include making the public aware of the support available and of how organizations and individuals can help to reduce problem gambling across the state.

Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling: msgambler.org/ ; 1-888-777-9696 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Missouri

Missouri’s Department for Mental Health coordinates a limited selection of services to support gamblers with addiction problems. There are a positive drive and program of resources that encourage individuals to self-exclude and this has proven very successful for problem gamblers within the state.

Additionally, the office oversees the provision of outpatient counseling and treatment services. Funding for these activities comes from a portion of casino revenues but, this is not enough to provide a more comprehensive service.

The casino industry in Missouri though has established its own alliance that supports and funds awareness into problem gambling. The Missouri Gaming Association sponsors and supports a number of initiatives. These include education and public awareness campaigns, conferences for professional bodies as well as the crisis helpline. 

1-888-BETSOFF is a confidential referral service that operates 24/7 and is supported by an email service, freehelp@888betsoff.org. The service is aimed at individuals with gambling problems and for the families, friends and colleagues affected by compulsive behaviors.

Missouri Department of Mental Health: dmh.mo.gov/

Missouri Gaming Association: missouricasinos.org/responsible-gaming/; 1-888-BETSOFF (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Montana

Montana is a large state with a gambling venue in almost every town. Surprisingly, though, there is very little state organized effort towards supporting and reducing problem gambling for Montanans. 

The Department for Justice houses the Gambling Control Division for the state. Some resource information can be found here but, it is largely the federal services of Gamblers Anonymous.

The agency that leads the way with support and public awareness services within the state is the NCPG affiliate, the Montana Council on Problem Gambling. It’s a non-profit body, which gets funding from a selection of gambling organizations and the Gambling Industry Association.

The funding doesn’t amount to a comprehensive state service but, it’s enough for the agency to operate a bi-annual public awareness conference, to coordinate a support network and to operate a 24 hour helpline. If you’re looking for problem gambling support in Montana the MCPG website should be your first port of call.

Montana Council on Problem Gambling: mtproblemgambling.org/; (888) 900-9979 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 406-860-8287/406-431-1663 (Hotlines)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Nebraska

The state of Nebraska offers very little opportunity in the way of commercial gambling. There are a handful of horse racing racks and a state run lottery. However, what Nebraska offers plenty of is comprehensive support and funding for people who experience problem gambling.

The state established the Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling with a remit to manage and use the Compulsive Gambling Fund. The Commission receives a healthy sum of funds from the state lottery and charitable gaming, which is almost double per capita the average funding for the other 50 states. This has enabled a large network of support services.

The funding has supported training and coordination of private treatment providers and has funded treatment to patients who need financial support. The 24 hour GAP helpline, 1-833-BetOver (238-6837), offers confidential counselling and will direct you to the resources that suit your needs.

In addition to this commission is the Nebraska Council on Problem Gambling, which serves as the state affiliate to the NCPG. This organization also coordinates and distributes valuable information about the support resources available, as well as offering an additional helpline, 1-800-522-4700.

Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling: problemgambling.nebraska.gov/ 1-833-BetOver (238-6837) (Helpline)

Nebraska Council on Problem Gambling: neproblemgambling.com/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Nevada

Nevada’s liberal approach to gambling is well known but, what is less well known, perhaps is its support services for gamblers with problem behaviors.

The state’s government office, the Department for Health and Human Services, oversees and administers a large part of the network of services available. Its role includes the prevention, education and treatment of gambling problems. Treatments include a range of inpatient, outpatient and residential programs that suit all needs.

The NCPG is also present in Nevada with the state affiliate, the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. It funds a 24/7 confidential helpline, 1-800-522-4700, and the website features a convenient Resource Locator widget so that patients can identify their nearest provision.

The Nevada Problem Gambling Center was established by leading treatment specialist, Dr Robert Hunter. It is open 24/7 and it specializes in treating addictive behaviors through a series of outpatient programs that are appropriate to individual’s needs. It’s a non-profit body that receives financial support from the gaming industry and a grant from the DHHS. This allows the center to cater to all patients and fund those who need financial support.

Nevada Council on Problem Gambling: nevadacouncil.org/; 1-800-522-4700 (Helpline)

Nevada Problem Gambling Center: gamblingproblems.com/

Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling: dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/Grants/Advisory_Committees/ACPG/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s lottery and a handful of horse racetracks are the only forms of permitted gambling in the Granite State. There’s no state-run support or funding for problem gambling but, there are private services that offer counseling, treatment and recovery.

The New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling is the state’s only formally organized service that ties support services together. It’s an independent non-profit agency that receives donations and some funding from the state’s lottery.

Whilst the council is not involved in providing treatments, it is an active advocate for individuals and educator of problem gambling issues. The Council’s website is a vital source of coordinated information on the state-wide resources available to problem gamblers. Head here or call the helpline, 603 724 1605, and you will be directed to the right service for you.

New Hampshire Council of Problem Gambling: nhproblemgambling.org/Home.aspx

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 888-502-5610 (Baton Rouge), 855-222-5542 (New Orleans)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

New Jersey

New Jersey embraces a wide variety of gambling activities as a positive commercial and recreational force for the state. It leads the way with its legal online gambling but, it’s also driven to ensure gambling is a safe and positive activity for all. This ensures that New Jersey also offers a strong and comprehensive network of support for people who experience gambling problems.

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the New Jersey DMHA oversees the provision of support services within the state. In the large part, though, this is contracted out to the local non-profit NCPG state affiliate.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey receives a substantial government budget, much of which comes from fines and forfeits within the gambling industry. Funds have enabled the CCGNJ to establish a broad range of programs, services and support networks across the state.

The council coordinates private services, offers training for professionals, undertakes public awareness campaigns and conferences and provides data for state government.

For problem gamblers and those affected who are looking for support, intervention or treatment programs, the website gives comprehensive information on the all resources available. Plus, the Council operates a 24 hour helpline, 800-GAMBLER, a text service and an online chat facility for confidential support, advice and referrals.

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey: 800gambler.org/; 800-GAMBLER (Helpline)

New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: state.nj.us/humanservices/divisions/dmhas/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

New Mexico

New Mexico’s gambling regulations stipulate that a portion of all gambling revenues must be used to fund support for problem gambling. The support and services, however, aren’t coordinated by the state. Instead, each organization is required to propose its plans for funding such activities and submit them for approval to the Department of Gaming.

This means that, whilst New Mexico has a broad range of resources available to support those affected by problem gambling, it can be difficult to maintain an overview.  Individuals looking for support should head to the NCPG state affiliate, New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling. Its website offers the most centrally coordinated source of state wide support and it operates a 24 hour confidential helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER.

New Mexico’s tribal casinos have joined forces to create the Responsible Gambling Association of New Mexico. Its funds treatment services and counseling for all individuals affected by problem gambling across the state. It also provides education services to raise awareness of problem gambling and the resources available.

New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling: nmcpg.org/Default.aspx;1-800-GAMBLER (Helpline)

Responsible Gambling Association of New Mexico: rganm.org/; 888-696-2440 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

New York

With New York’s liberal attitude towards safe and responsible gambling comes a serious commitment to supporting those who experience problem gambling. The New York Council on Problem Gambling is the non-profit NCPG state affiliate and it administers a large fund from the government Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

The Council is an active agency which has established a thorough network of services that range from funded treatment programs to education and awareness. It has established a dedicated program of Problem Gambling Resource Centers in every borough of the state. All of these, including the Queens Center for Excellence, can be found online at the PGCR website.

The Council funds and operates a convenient online directory of services and resources available. For a quick and easy search of support within your borough, you will find plenty of information on the KnowtheOdds website. Plus, the government OASAS department funds and operates a 24 hour helpline, 1-877-8HOPENY and text service, text HOPENY (467369).

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services: oasas.ny.gov/index.cfm; 1-877-8HOPENY (Helpline) and text HOPENY (467369).

New York Council on Problem Gambling: nyproblemgambling.org/

Problem Gambling Resource Centers: nyproblemgamblinghelp.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

North Carolina

The state of North Carolina takes problem gambling very seriously. Despite having very little legalized gambling the government office for Mental Health Services funds and coordinates a large network of services to support problem gamblers.

The NCDHHS has established the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. Contracted to private specialists Morneau Shephell it coordinates and administers state and lottery funds to provide treatment and recovery services, as well as meeting outreach and education objectives.

Its website is packed with comprehensive information about problem gambling issues and where to get support. Plus, it operates a 24 helpline and text service for problem gamblers and those affected by it.

The NCPG also has a presence in the state with the North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling.

Even the Appalachian State University operates a series of treatment and prevention programs to educate about and support problem gamblers on campus.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: ncdhhs.gov/providers/provider-info/mental-health/problem-gambling

North Carolina Problem Gambling Program: morethanagamenc.com/; 877-718-5543 (Helpline) or Text “morethanagamec” to 53342

North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling: nccouncilpg.org/; 336-681-8516 (Helpline)

Appalachian State University Wellness & Prevention Services: wellness.appstate.edu/pagesmith/76

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline), 616-776-0666 (Grand Rapids – local)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

North Dakota

North Dakota offers a limited range of problem gambling services and there is very little state funded support that specifically targets gambling addiction. The Department of Human Services recommends that those in need of support use the generic 2-1-1 telephone helpline.

The NDDHS does support and recommend the services of the agency, Gamblers Choice. This is operated by the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and it offers the state’s only certified counselling services and outpatient treatment programs.

The agency’s website, gamblernd.com, is the primary source of help for problem gamblers in North Dakota. Those in need of support will find advice and referrals to counselling treatment, as well as a 12 step online treatment program.

The agency also operates a helpline, 877-702- 7848, which will put you directly in touch with a Gamblers Choice counselor.

GamblerND: gamblernd.com/;  877-702-7848 (Helpline)

North Dakota Department of Human Services: nd.gov/dhs/; 2-1-1 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Ohio

The range and scope of services for problem gamblers in Ohio is impressive. The establishment of the Ohio for Responsible Gambling initiative has driven a positive approach across the state’s whole gambling industry. Four major agencies related to gambling are dedicated to providing support, educating for prevention and promoting responsibility in its gambling activities

Ohio’s Department for Mental Health Services is the lead agency in this initiative, working with the state’s lottery, the casino and the racing commissions. Each works to promote responsible gambling across its organizations and collaborates to provide resources for support and prevention.

Problem gamblers in Ohio will find a wealth of information and treatment from the problemgamblingohio.com  website and the state helpline, 800.589.9966.

In addition, the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio agency serves as the state affiliate to the NCPG and offers oversight of state resources. It remit is to champion support, treatment and education relating to problem gambling across the state.  Head to the PGNO website and you’ll find details of over 80 outpatient counselling and treatment programs, all of which are state funded.

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio: pgnohio.org/; 1-800-589-9966 (Helpline)

Ohio Problem Gambling Campaign: problemgamblingohio.org/; 1-800-589-9966 (Helpline)

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: mha.ohio.gov/; 1-877-275-6364 (General MHAS Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Oklahoma

With over 50 casinos on tribal lands up and down Oklahoma, plus a state lottery, there is plenty of access to gambling activities. Indeed gambling constitutes a big chunk of Oklahoma’s economy. Both the state lotteries and all independent casinos are required to contribute set revenues towards problem gambling.

The Oklahoma Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse administers the funds through the contracted services of the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling. This agency is the NCPG state affiliate and is operated as a non-profit organization.

The agency’s remit covers conducting research, overseeing treatment services, as well as professional training, and to instigate public awareness or educational campaigns. Gamblers seeking advice and support in the state of Oklahoma can find all resources available on the OACP website.

This OACP offers a confidential helpline, 405-801-3329 and also recommends that you can call or text the national 24 hour helpline toll free on 1-800-522-4700.

Oklahoma Association on Problem and Compulsive Gambling; oapcg.org/; 405-801-3329 (local Helpline)

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; ok.gov/odmhsas/Substance_Abuse/Problem_and_Compulsive_Gambling_Addiction/index.html;

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Oregon

Oregon’s gambling industry is thriving through its tribal casinos and lottery.  The state has a strong record of positively promoting a safe and responsible gambling culture.  Legislation ensures that a proportion of revenues from the Oregon lottery are directed towards services for problem gambling.

Funds are administered by the Oregon Health Authority, which has a proactive role in providing support and services across the state. It works with a number of organizations to ensure these services are delivered effectively.

The Oregon Problem Gambling Services oversees professional training, education and treatment services. The Oregon Problem Gambling Resource has a website providing visitors with information about available services. It also operates a 24 hour confidential helpline, 1-877-MY-LIMIT. The agency, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery focuses on advocacy and education.

Additionally Oregon is serviced by the Volunteers of America organization and has an NCPG state affiliate in the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling.

Oregon Problem Gambling Resource: opgr.org/; 1-877- My Limit (1-877-695-4648) (Helpline)

Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery: vpgr.net/;

Oregon Health Authority; oregon.gov/oha/HSD/AMH/Pages/Gambling.aspx;

Oregon Council on Problem Gambling: oregoncpg.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 406-860-8287/406-431-1663 (Hotlines)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is second only to Nevada in terms of its gambling revenues. This is not just down to its volume of casinos and the number of players visiting each year but, also because of high taxation on the gambling industry.

The state is committed to promoting safe and responsible gambling. It is proactive in its support for problem gamblers and offers widespread education and training to eliminate the problems associated with gambling addiction.

All gambling industry organizations must submit annual revenue to the Compulsive and Problem Treatment Fund. Three significant agencies then use these funds for treatment programs, helplines education, advocacy and research.

Pennsylvanians looking for support with problem gambling can find resources on each of these agency sites: the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The state promotes four helplines, both national and state and residents will find that individual counties or regions also offer their own local treatment and support programs. Plus, the NCPG has a state affiliate in Pennsylvania, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Problems: ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Problem-Gambling.aspx; 1-800-GAMBLER (Hotline)

Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania; pacouncil.com/; 800-848-1880/ 800-GAMBLER (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 406-860-8287/406-431-1663 (Hotlines)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island offers gambling activities through its two casinos and the state lottery. Residents are encouraged to play responsibly and there are a number of organizations that offer support services for problem gamblers.

The Problem Gambling Services of Rhode Island can support problem gamblers to find the right treatment or service for their needs. It is operated by the non-profit, CODAC Behavioral Health, and coordinates a network of support services across the state.

The NCPG has a state affiliate agency in the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling. The website and professional staff are dedicated to directing problem gamblers towards the resources available to them. As with many other NCPG organizations, the agency also focuses on providing advocacy, research and public awareness campaigns.

Callers to the Rhode Island Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-877-GAMBLE (1-877-942-6253), will find professional, confidential support and resources 24/7.

Support can also be found through a long established community focused organization, the United Way of Rhode Island. Volunteers are dedicated to helping Rhode Islanders with a broad range of community support services.

Problem Gambling Services of Rhode Island: pgsri.org/; 1-877-9GAMBLE (1-877-942-6253)

Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling:  ricpg.com/

United Way of Rhode Island: uwri.org/

Rhode Island Lottery – Play Responsibly: rilot.com/en-us/player-zone/play-responsibly.html

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 406-860-8287/406-431-1663 (Hotlines)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

 

South Carolina

Despite there being very little opportunity to legally gamble in South Carolina, there is still plenty of support offered to those who experience problem gambling. The state runs a lottery which supports the ethos to play responsibly.

Head to the South Carolina Lottery website and you’ll find information and advice about betting safely and knowing your limits. There are also references to some of the resources and support available to problem gamblers.

Largely the state’s problem gambling resources are administered and contracted out by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. The agency coordinates and provides services across the state.

Services range from treatments and recovery to support and education in relation to all substance use and addiction problems. Gambling is just one of the many addiction problems that staffed are trained to treat and advise on.

South Carolina also offers a state helpline, 1-877-452-5155. It operates on a 24 hour basis, is confidential and is advertised with support from the South Carolina State Lottery.

South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: daodas.sc.gov/; 1-877-452-5155 (Helpline)

South Carolina Lottery – Play Responsibly: sclottery.org/responsible.htm

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

South Dakota

Gambling activities in South Dakota have been enjoyed legally for decades. A number of casinos and a lottery attract big revenues for the state’s economy. Legislation ensures that a portion of these revenues are dedicated to services for problem gambling.

The funds are administered by South Carolina’s Department of Social Services. The Behavioral Health division is charged with overseeing all services for substance misuse and addictions. Problem gambling falls into this remit.

Check out the South Dakota DSS website and you will find information on all the state and private resources and treatments available. The state operates a problem gambling helpline, 1-888-781-HELP, which routes through the South Dakota 2-1-1 service. This hotline is confidential, toll free and available 24/7.

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Tennessee

Tennessee has a rigorously conservative approach to gambling with nothing available besides the state operated lottery. Despite this, though, Tennessee has an impressively comprehensive program of services available to problem gamblers.

The governments’ Behavioral Health Division within the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, coordinates and contracts out services. Revenues from the Tennessee Lottery  provide the source of funding, which supports two significant support contracts

The first contract is to the Memphis Gambling Clinic. It is a dedicated treatment and education center, which has been running since 1997. Operating as a part of Memphis University’s Psychological Services Center, the clinic conducts extensive research and offers clinical treatment and support. Programs are available to anyone statewide, not just to students

The second allocation of state funds goes to the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services. This agency focuses on advocacy, education and coordinating services for all substance misuse and addiction problems. The association operates a confidential and 24 hour state helpline called the REDLINE – 800-889-9789.

Memphis Gambling Clinic: memphis.edu/gamblingclinic/; 901-678-STOP/ 901- 678-3736 (Helpline)

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse: tn.gov/behavioral-health.html

Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services: taadas.org/our-programs-and-services/problem-gambling-ii; 800-889-9789 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 888-502-5610 (Baton Rouge), 855-222-5542 (New Orleans)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Texas

The Lone Star State has a particularly restrictive approach to gambling and offers just a state lottery to its citizens. The lottery is hugely popular and generates significant revenues for state funding, much of which helps to support public education and Texas Veterans. There are no funds allocated and no significant services dedicated to problem gambling.

Head to the Department of State Health Services and you’ll find a wealth of information on treatments and programs for general substance use and addiction services.  The Texas Lottery website promotes gambling responsibly and offers information about national resources that are available.

An attempt was made to establish an NCPG state affiliate in the Texas Council on Problem Gambling.  At the time of printing, however, this project hasn’t got off the ground yet. The website is very out of date and offers no more information than citing national services.

Gamblers who are looking for support in the state of Texas can rely on national organizations such as Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon.org and the National Problem Gambling Helpline

Texas Council on Problem Gambling: txprobgambling.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Utah

Utah is well known for its lack of gambling activities. Not even a state lottery or a tribal casino is in operation here. As such there is no state funding for support or treatment programs and very little official acknowledgement that there might be a need.

However, problem gamblers in Utah will find some support within state boundaries. Gamblers Anonymous runs weekly open meetings in Salt Lake City, which are well attended. You can also find national support through Gam-Anon.org and the National Problem Gambling Helpline.

In 2012 Megan Fludd, a Utah resident and graduate, who had worked for the National Council on Problem Gambling, endeavored to set up her own support network. The result is the Utah-Idaho Council on Problem Gambling.

The council offers a blog with advice on resources and public awareness of problem gambling in Utah.  However, at the time of printing, work from this council has appeared to have been non- functional for some time.

Utah-Idaho Council on Problem Gambling: utahidahocpg.wordpress.com/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Vermont

There is very little gambling activity in Vermont but, there is a state-operated lottery. This popular activity generates substantial revenue, a portion of which is dedicated to funding services for problem gamblers.  

Unusually, as compared with other states, it is the Vermont Lottery that is responsible directly for administering these funds in support of services. In consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, the Lottery Commission contracts a sole agency to oversee and provide support to problem gamblers.

CARTER, the Center for Addiction Recognition Treatment Education Recovery is a non-profit organization that specializes in the research and treatment of addictive behaviors. Head to the CARTER website and you’ll find resources for problem gamblers that are available statewide or nationally.

Vermont callers to the NCPG helpline, 1-800-522-4700, will be rerouted to the CARTER organization. Trained staff can support, advise and direct you to the relevant resources that are available. Alternatively, you can contact the agency directly on, 802-221-4939.

Center for Addiction Recognition Treatment Education Recovery: cartervermont.org/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Virginia

Besides a state-run lottery, there are few opportunities to gamble in the state of Virginia. There is also no formal state funding for problem gambling services. There is, however, increasing recognition for the need for support. Awareness is gradually increasing of the issues surrounding problem gambling in the state.

Much of this awareness raising is driven by the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling. The agency is the non-profit NCPG state affiliate and provides Virginia with a coordinated network of the resources available.

The council is partly funded by the Virginia State lottery and, in collaboration with the lottery commission and with staff support from First Choice Services, the council operates a confidential and toll-free helpline, 1-888-532-3500.

Virginians will also find Gamblers Anonymous meetings running in various cities across the state. At the time of printing, the GA website identifies ten meetings, of which seven are open.

Virginia Council on Problem Gambling: vacpg.org/#; 1-888-532-3500 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline), 616-776-0666 (Grand Rapids – local)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Washington

The Evergreen State has a liberal approach to gambling and offers residents a wide variety of activities. Legislation in Washington has embraced gambling and is committed to providing a safe and responsible gambling culture.

The state’s upfront approach legislates for substantial funds to raise public awareness of problem gambling and to provide support, treatment and recovery to those who need it. State funds are drawn from all gambling activities and are administered by the Department for Social and Health Services. Washington State Health Care Authority is contracted to coordinate services, treatment programs, and support to problem gamblers. The state funds treatment for those who are eligible for financial assistance.

The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling has been operating since 1991 and is the state affiliate for the NCPG. It is a non-profit agency which is well funded with the support of tribal organizations and casinos, as well as donations.

Washington’s Evergreen Council is one of the country’s most active and successful NCPG affiliates. It offers a comprehensive range of measures to deal with and reduce problem gambling. It is involved in training professionals, providing educational awareness campaigns, youth work and outreach, as well as advocacy and research for policymakers.

Residents in Washington who experience problem gambling can rely on the state’s Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-547-6133, as well as the Washington Recovery Helpline, 1-866-789-1511.

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling: evergreencpg.org/; 1-800-547-6133 (Call or Text Helpline)

Washington Department of Social and Health Services: dshs.wa.gov/bha/; 1-866-789-1511 (Helpline)

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

West Virginia

West Virginians can enjoy a wide range of gambling activities that are legal across the state. The state legislates a Compulsive Gambling Treatment Fund be drawn from the revenues of the popular lottery and racetrack video lottery.

These funds are administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources who use a sole contractor to deliver services for the support of and education to reduce problem gambling. First Choice operates the Problem Gambling Help Network in West Virginia.

Residents can call 1-800-GAMBLER to be directed to confidential, professional support. You will get advice on the state’s resources, treatment programs and local support groups that would suit your needs. The Network also has a Facebook page, a twitter account and the facility to chat online.

The Compulsive Gambling Treatment Fund is relied upon to offer all callers a free initial consultation. There is also the facility to fund support and recovery treatment for those patients who are eligible for financial assistance.

The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia: 1800gambler.net/; facebook.com/1800GamblerWV/; 1-800-GAMBLER

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Wisonsin

There are plenty of gambling activities available in Wisconsin. Residents can gamble at tribal casinos, the state lottery and online horse racing.

Funds to support problem gambling have been legislated for and are drawn from Wisconsin lottery revenues. The funds are administered by the Department of Health Services, who contract the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling as the sole agency to deliver services.

The council is Wisconsin’s NCPG affiliate. It’s a non-profit agency which uses it funds, plus donations from tribal casinos, to coordinate services, provide support and educate the public and policymakers.

There are no state funded treatment programs but, the Council operates a 24 hour confidential helpline, 1-800-GAMBLE-5 (1-800-426-2535). Callers to this number can get crisis intervention, support, advice and referrals to a list of state treatment providers.

The Council actively promotes public awareness of the issues surrounding problem gambling. There is also a strong focus on raising awareness of problem gambling in teenagers. The council has developed a Facebook page and other social media outlets to target youth problem gambling.

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling: wi-problemgamblers.org/; 1-800-GAMBLE-5 (1-800-426-2535) (Helpline)

WCPG Youth Gambling Facebook Page: facebook.com/Wisconsin-Council-on-Problem-Gambling-for-Teens-1578841539061951/?ref=hl

Wisonsin Department of Health Services: dhs.wisconsin.gov/aoda/gambling-awareness.htm

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 855-222-5542 (Hotline)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org/

 

Wyoming

With the smallest population in the country, the state of Wyoming is taking its time with its approach to gambling. Gradually gambling activities are increasing with a handful of casinos and then the introduction of a state lottery in 2014.

Unfortunately, its approach in supporting problem gamblers is taking a back seat, too. Legislation secured funds from the WyoLotto that are dedicated to problem gambling services but, as yet, there is little evidence that those funds have been used.

The Wyoming Department for Health website gives generic information and directs visitors to national resources or a handful of local service providers.

There is an NCPG state affiliate in the Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling. This agency gives similarly general advice and lists all national and private state services.

Both organizations direct problem gamblers to the NCPG hotline, 1-800-522-4700, for confidential, 24 hour support. It is also worth checking the Gamblers Anonymous website for details of local meetings but, at the time of printing, there were no meetings active in Wyoming.

Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling: wyomingcpg.org/resources; 1-800-522-4700 (Helpline)

Wyoming Department of Health: health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/mhsa/initiatives/problem-gambling/

Gamblers Anonymous US: gamblersanonymous.org; 406-860-8287/406-431-1663 (Hotlines)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700; ncpgambling.org/chat

Gam-Anon.org: gam-anon.org/; 718-352-1671 (phone)

Gamtalk: gamtalk.org