Do you have a gambling problem? You may be eligible for no-cost counseling through CalGETS.
How to know if you have a gambling problem:
- Have you ever tried to cut down or control your gambling?
- Have you ever lied to family members, friends, or others about how much money you lost gambling?
- Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences or planning out future gambling ventures or bets?
If you answered yes to any of these questions above, you may have a gambling problem. You are not alone; problem gambling affects more than one million Californians. Call 1-800-GAMBLER or go to problemgambling.ca.gov to get a more detailed assessment.
Do you know someone with a gambling problem? Don’t ignore the signs.
- Is there a gambler in your life who has lied about how much or how often they gamble?
- Is there a gambler in your life who cannot cut down or control their gambling?
- Are you experiencing negative consequences due to problem gambling behavior, such as debt, depression, guilt and shame?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are eligible for CalGets.
How do you know when gambling or gaming is problem?
Problem gambling, also known as gambling addiction or gambling disorder, occurs when a person is unable to resist impulses to gamble and continues to gamble despite harmful consequences. Gambling disorder is classified as an addiction and its essential features include loss of control over gambling, preoccupation with gambling, increasing need to bet more money and an inability to stop or cut back gambling. In severe cases, gambling disorder can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of care or family, and even suicide.