There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Treatment for gambling addiction works. Here is a list of organizations and websites that can help.
Treatment is available and funded by the state for Minnesotans in trouble. A phone call to the Minnesota Problem Gambling Helpline could change someone’s life. 1-800-333-4673 (HOPE). Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the helpline offers free, confidential help from counselors trained in crisis intervention. Anyone can call the helpline about their own gambling or their concern for someone else. For a listing of Minnesota state-approved compulsive gambling providers, click here.
Minnesota Problem Gambling Treatment Program. Managed by the Department of Human Services, treatment is available at a number of locations. Funding is available for treatment, regardless of income level. Call 1-800-333-4673 (HOPE).
Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step support program that holds meetings in approximately 70 communities around Minnesota. www.minnesotaga.com and www.gamblersanonymous.org. 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2CALLGA).
Gam-Anon, an organization for families and close friends of problem gamblers has meetings in nearly 20 cities around the state. www.gamanonmn.com. The toll-free helpline is 1-888-435-7166 (1-888-HELP1MN).
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence has a problem gambling prevention program that provides education and support for family members affected by the problem gambling of a loved one. Staff provide educational outreach awareness presentations to requesting school and community groups about the inherent risks of problem gambling.
www.nojudgment.com – details problem gambling information and treatment in Minnesota.
www.treatmentdoeswork.com addresses how treatment happens and why it helps.
http://www.collegegambling.org/ – a site developed by the National Center for Responsible Gaming to help campus administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses.
www.ncpgambling.org – the National Council on Problem Gambling website has extensive information on the topic of problem gambling.
http://www.samhsa.gov/ – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
http://www.invitationhealthinstitute.org/projects/gambling-problems-resource-center/gambling – the Invitation Health Institute resource center for gambling problems
http://asianproblemgambling.org/ – website geared for Asian problem gambling
http://latinoproblemgambling.org/ – website geared for Latino problem gambling
http://www.facebook.com/BeatTheBet – Facebook page for college students
http://www.facebook.com/NoJudgment – Facebook page for adults