There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Treatment for gambling addiction works.
Treatment is available and funded by the state for Minnesotans with gambling problems. 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.nojudgement.com – details problem gambling information and treatment in Minnesota.
www.treatmentdoeswork.com addresses how treatment happens and why it helps
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.
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.
Critical mental health resources for college students may be found here.
The National Center for Responsible Gaming has videos that provide additional information about problem gambling.
www.facebook.com/NoJudgment – Facebook page for adults
Recovery from gambling addiction is possible.
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