What Are My Recovery Options for Getting Help with Gambling Issues?

Posted by Prelude on Aug 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Maybe your first experience with gambling was witnessing your parents spending entertainment time and money at the casino or gambling on sporting events and races.  Or maybe it happened in high school, when a friend discovered on-line gambling.

Either way, your own gambling has begun to have negative consequences. You’re betting money you don’t have. You’re betting money meant for groceries, rent or food. And your family, friends and loved ones are worried.

If you’re scared of seeking help for your problem, there’s nothing to worry about. There is hope for people who are struggling with problem gambling. And you can start on your personal recovery journey today.

If you’re looking to choose an option for getting help with your gambling addiction, here are some choices.

State Problem Gambling Resources:

Call 1-800-betsoff to have a confidential conversation with a behavioral health professional who can connect you with resources in your local area.

Gamblers Anonymous

If you’re looking for a community-based approach to problem gambling self-help, Gambler’s Anonymous might be right for you. Using their “12-step” method, GA has helped thousands of gamblers end their addiction.

Call the 1-800-betsoff line to get information about the nearest GA meetings.


While problems with gambling are creeping into your everyday life, it can be hard to just ditch everything and remove yourself from all temptation. That’s what outpatient services are for, and many people find them to be the most effective choice.

There are many different types of outpatient gambling treatments. They can be simple one-on-one meetings, or intensive therapy sessions up to 4 or 5 hours per day.

If you’re unsure if this is the right path for you, reach out to a behavioral services treatment center you trust to steer you in the right direction.

Topics: Recovery

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