Gambling should be a form of entertainment, and just one of many hobbies you have. It is important never to gamble more money than you can afford to lose, or to spend so much time gambling that it interferes with other areas of your life.
While most people are able to gamble responsibly, a small percentage of people develop a gambling problem or addiction. Fortunately, this medically recognized disease is treatable, and there is no cost for treatment in California.
The California Problem Gambling Helpline is staffed by Masters-level or above Counselors, who answer your calls directly 24/7/365. You can contact the helpline by:
- Calling: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
- Visiting: 800gambler.chat on the web
- Texting: Text ‘SUPPORT’ to 53342
Helpline counselors can provide immediate crisis intervention, and help put you directly in contact with a counselor or treatment facility to provide continuing care. Services are provided by counselors fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese, and translators and telehealth are available for more than 200 other languages and for the deaf and hard of hearing.