Land-based and online gambling is spreading across the country, but sadly, funding for problem gambling hasn’t kept pace with the increase in betting opportunities. As an affiliate in the legal US online gambling space, BettingUSA.com recognizes our responsibility to advocate for robust responsible gaming policies and adequate funding of problem gambling research and treatment programs.
It is for these reasons that BettingUSA has partnered with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to launch the 1% Initiative.
Below you will find a comprehensive list of national and state-level problem gambling resources. Some states provide free or subsidized problem gambling treatment.
See the following state listings (a-z) for more information or call the NCPG Helpline for information and referral options in your state.
The NCPG Helpline is a free, nationwide information and referral resource. It is available 24/7 from anywhere in the US. Calls, texts and chats are tollfree and confidential.
National Problem Gambling Resources
The federal government does not provide funding or support for problem gambling resources in the United States.
Substance abuse and mental health disorders are supported by the federal government through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), but problem gambling is the sole domain of non-governmental organizations at the national level.
At the state level, public funding of problem gambling services has increased year over year since the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA) began tracking problem gambling services in 2006. According to its 2016 survey, 40 states now provide funding to problem gambling resources.
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
- Call or text: 1-800-522-4700
- Live chat: NCPGambling.org/chat
- Website: NCPGambling.org
- Twitter: @NCPGambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) was formed in 1972 and its stated purpose is “to serve as the national advocate for programs and services to assist people and families affected by problem gambling.”
The NCPG is also involved in education to federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies. The NCPG takes a neutral stance on gambling legalization; it is neither for nor against legal gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous is a 12-step program for people who wish to stop gambling. In its own words, “Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.”
Gamblers Anonymous hosts meetings across the nation that are free to attend. There are no membership dues, but Gamblers Anonymous does accept voluntary donations.
- Website: Gam-Anon.org
- Call: 718-352-1671
Gam-Anon is a 12-step program designed for the friends, spouses and loved ones of problem gamblers. Gam-Anon holds meetings across the country and charges no dues or fees.
Gam-Anon describes itself as follows:
“Game-Anon is an anonymous fellowship that offers self-help recovery for anyone whose life has been affected by someone with a gambling problem. In Gam-Anon, family and friends learn effective ways of coping whether or not the gambler seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a gambling problem.”
National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG)
- Website: NCRG.org
- Call: 978-338-6610
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) was established in 1996 to support the study of problem gambling and to search for the most effective treatments for problem gambling.
As the NCRG explains, its “mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorder by supporting the finest peer-reviewed, scientific research into gambling disorder; encouraging the application of new research findings and to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies; and advancing public education about gambling disorder and responsible gaming.”
Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA)
- Website: APGSA.org
The Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA) is a national membership organization of state administrators of public funds for problem gambling services. Established in 2000, the APGSA seeks to support the development of problem gambling services.
The APGSA conducts the only national survey of problem gambling services in the US regarding types of services offered in each state, funding information, state contacts and more. The information published as a result of the survey is the most comprehensive single resource for information on problem gambling services in the United States.
GamTalk is an online support resource for those with gambling problems. GamTalk users share their recovery stories, share advice with one another, provide links to gambling treatment resources and more.
GamTalk also hosts a 24/7 chat room along with scheduled, moderated chats. The website is free to use and is funded by donations and sponsorship agreements.
- Website: GamblingTherapy.org
Gambling Therapy is an international online problem gambling website with live chat, e-mail support and active discussion forums.
State Problem Gambling Resources
Gamblers and their loved ones have access to multiple local program gambling resources in most states.
Alaska lacks a dedicated state-level problem gambling service and the state provides no funding for such services. The Gamblers Anonymous website lists a single meeting location in Anchorage. Gamblers may also take advantage of self-help resources and community discussions at GamTalk.org and GamblingTherapy.org.
The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services may also be able to point gamblers to helpful resources, but it does not have a unit dedicated specifically to problem gambling.
- Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc. (ACCG)
- ACCG Helpline: 1-800-777-7207
- Arizona Division of Problem Gambling (DPG)
- DPG Helpline: 1-800-NEXT-STEP
- Arizona Division of Problem Gambling Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Arizona
Arkansas lacks a dedicated problem gambling service and does not provide funding to problem gambling services. Those who need help may still contact the National Council on Problem Gambling, Gamblers Anonymous or consider self-help resources such as GamTalk.org and GamblingTherapy.org.
The Arkansas legislature cut funding for problem gambling services in 2015 through a bill introduced by Senator Alan Clark. He justified the bill by saying he found “a very strong consensus that the money wasn’t accomplishing much” and would be better put to use funding college scholarships.
- California Council on Problem Gambling (CALPG)
- CALPG Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER
- Text “support” to 53342
- Live chat available at CALPG website
- California Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling
- State-funded outpatient treatment providers
- California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
- CA Self-Exclusion
- Resources in California
- Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG)
- CCPG Helpline: 888-789-7777
- CCPG Live Chat Help
- Text “CTGAMB” to 53342
- Problem Gambling Services at the CT Department of Health and Addiction Services
- State-funded Better Choice problem gambling service providers
- CT services helpline: 211
- Mohegan Sun Self-Exclusion
- Foxwoods Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Connecticut
- Delaware Council on Gambling Problems (DCGP)
- DCGP Helpline: 888-850-8888
- Text: 302-438-8888 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM – 5 PM)
- Lottery, Casino and Online Gambling Self-Exclusion
- Delaware Gaming Enforcement Problem Gambling Resources
- Resources in Delaware
Hawaii is a traditionally anti-gambling state and as such, the state has set aside no funds for problem gambling resources. Gamblers Anonymous hosts a handful of meetings every week across Hawaii. Problem gamblers may contact the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon.org and GamTalk.org for help, resources and community discussion.
- Call the Idaho CareLine at 211 for community health information and referral services
- Resources in Idaho
Idaho suffers a dearth of problem gambling resources. The state does not provide funding for problem gambling services and the lottery does not appear to offer a self-exclusion program. However, Gamblers Anonymous does host meetings across the state. Gamblers may also visit Gam-Anon.org and GamTalk.org for self-help services and community discussion.
- Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG)
- ICPG Helpline: 217-652-9611
- IL Department of Human Services Gambling Help Website
- Call: 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537)
- Text “ILGAMB” to 53342
- IL Gambling Disorder Service Providers
- Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling
- Illinois Self-Exclusion
- IL Lottery Self-Exclusion
- Self-Exclusion Helpline: 1-877-YOU-QUIT (968-7848)
- Resources in Illinois
- Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
- Iowa Gambling Helpline: 1-800-BETS-OFF
- Text: 855-895-8398
- Gambling Treatment Providers List
- Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Self-Exclusion Program
- Resources in Iowa
- Maine Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG)
- Maine Casinos Self Exclusion
- Call 211 or visit 211Maine.org for information and referral services
- Maine Division of Disease Prevention, Problem Gambling
- Resources in Maine
- Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG)
- MAPG Phone Number: 517-672-6904
- MI Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-270-7117
- MI Department of Health & Human Services, Problem Gambling
- Michigan Gambling Treatment Providers by County
- Detroit Casinos Self-Exclusion
- Detroit Casinos Self-Exclusion Helpline: 1-888-223-3044
- Only some tribal casinos have their own self-exclusion programs
- Resources in Michigan
- Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA)
- MN Department of Human Services Problem Gambling Program
- MN Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-333-HOPE
- Minnesota Gambling Treatment Providers
- Some tribal casino operators offer individual self-exclusion programs
- Resources in Minnesota
- Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling (MCPCG)
- MCPCG Helpline: 1-888-777-9696
- Text “msgambler” to 53342
- List of Problem Gambling Treatment Providers
- MS Casinos Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Mississippi
- New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG)
- NYCPG Helpline: 518-867-4084
- New York Problem Gambling Resource Centers
- KnowtheOdds.org for More Problem Gambling Resources
- DontBetYet.com: Resources for Underage/Children’s Gambling
- YOU(th) Decide: Resources for Teen/Adolescent Gambling
- Search for Problem Gambling Treatment Providers
- New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)
- OASAS Helpline: 1-877-8-HOPENY
- Text OASAS: 467369
- New York Self-Exclusion
- Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road and Point Place Casinos Self-Exclusion
- Seneca Nation Casinos Self-Exclusion
- Resources in New York
- North Carolina Problem Gambling Program
- Helpline: 1-877-718-5543
- North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling (NCCPG)
- NCCPG Helpline: 336-681-8516
- NC Department of Health & Human Services, Problem Gambling
- Harrah’s Cherokee Self-Exclusion (call: 1-800-694-9960)
- NC Lottery Self Exclusion (call: 1-866-934-0289)
- Resources in North Carolina
- Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
- Gambling Help Ohio
- Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-589-9966
- Crisis Text Line: Text “4hope” to 741741
- Ohio for Responsible Gambling
- Play It Safe Ohio (for help in Licking, Knox and Butler counties)
- Casino Control Commission, Responsible Gambling
- Ohio Problem Gambling Treatment Programs
- Ohio Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Ohio
- Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling (OAPCG)
- Problem gambling helpline: Call or text NCPG at 1-800-522-4700
- OK Depart. Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Problem Gambling
- OK Problem Gambling Treatment Programs
- Problem Gambling Counselors in OK
- OK Self-Exclusion
- OK Lottery Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Oklahoma
- Oregon Problem Gambling Resource (OPGR)
- OPGR Helpline: 1-877-MY-LIMIT (695-4648)
- OPGR Text Line: 503-713-6000 (8 AM – 9 PM M-F)
- Gambling Treatment Providers List
- Oregon Council on Problem Gambling (OCPG)
- Oregon Health Authority – Problem Gambling Services
- Problem Gambling Services Resources for Providers
- OR Lottery Scoreboard Sports Betting Self-Exclusion
- Tribal casinos lack self-exclusion programs
- Resources in Oregon
- Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP)
- CCGP Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER
- List of Problem Gambling Counselors in PA
- PA Gaming Control Board Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling
- PA Casinos, iGaming, Fantasy, Video Gaming Terminal Self-Exclusion
- PA iLottery Self-Exclusion
- Resources in Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling (RICPG)
- RICPG Helpline: 877-9GAMBLE (1-877-942-6253)
- Problem Gambling Services of Rhode Island
- United Way of Rhode Island (Call: 211)
- Twin River Casino Self-Exclusion
- Tiverton Casino Self-Exclusion
- Customers who self-exclude from Twin River Lincoln/Tiverton are also excluded from online/mobile sports betting in RI
- Resources in Rhode Island
- SC Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services, Problem Gambling Services
- SC Gambling Helpline: 1-877-452-5155
- Resources in South Carolina
- SD Department of Social Services, Substance Abuse and Gambling Services
- Helpline: Call or text NCPG at 1-800-522-4700
- SD Lottery Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-781-HELP
- SD does not offer a statewide self-exclusion program
- Resources in South Dakota
- TN Dept of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Problem Gambling Programs
- TN Dept of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Helpline: 800-560-5767 or 615-532-6700
- 24/7 Statewide Crisis Hotline: 855-274-7471
- Tennessee REDLINE for Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling
- REDLINE Helpline: 1-800-889-9789
- University of Memphis Gambling Clinic
- Gambling Clinic Helpline: 901-678-STOP
- Resources in Tennessee
Texas does not provide funding for problem gambling services and there are few local resources dedicated to problem gambling. The TX Department of Health & Human Services provides various behavioral and mental health services, including counseling.
Residents may also seek help from the National Council on Problem Gambling (1-800-522-4700), local Gamblers Anonymous Chapters or participate in community discussions at GamTalk.org and GamblingTherapy.org.
Utah does not provide funding for problem gambling services and there are no state-level organizations dedicated to problem gambling. However, Gamblers Anonymous hosts meetings in Utah and gamblers may visit GamTalk.org and GamblingTherapy.org for online self-help services. Gamblers may also call the National Council on Problem Gambling at 1-800-522-4700 for anonymous 24/7 help.
- Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG)
- ECPG Helpline: Call or text 1-800-547-6133
- Washington State Gambling Commission on Problem Gambling
- Washington Recovery Helpline: 1-866-789-1511
- Mandatory statewide self-exclusion program for WA cardrooms under development through 2021
- Tribal casinos invited to voluntarily join the statewide self-exclusion program
- Resources in Washington