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Office of Problem Gambling

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling is the uncontrollable urge to gamble despite negative consequences in a person’s life.

Gambling addiction can contribute to poor mental and physical health, loss of money, and problems with family, friends and co-workers.

How Many are Affected?

1 million California residents suffer from problem gambling.

2006 California Problem Gambling Prevalence Report

There are an estimated 6-8 million problem gamblers in the US.

National Council on Problem Gambling

What are the Signs?

Signs that a person may have a problem include difficulty controlling his or her gambling, lying to family, friends and others about how much time and money are spent on gambling, and spending a great deal of time thinking about gambling and planning the next opportunity.

Is there Hope?

YES! Recovery Happens
Every day people are taking the first step. The road may not always be easy, but its definitely worth it.

Since the creation of CalGETS in 2009, over 13,000 people with gambling problems have received treatment in the program.

How can I get Help?

When you’re ready, we’re here.

Connect with a certified counselor using any of the options below.

get help send a text message call 1-800-gambler visit

Learn more about types of treatment and resources available, or locate a counselor near you.

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