Are You Experiencing a Problem With Your Gambling?
Many people consider gambling a harmless recreational activity. And, for many people, it is. However, for some individuals gambling leads to serious problems, with social, financial and emotional costs that affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Games of chance arenít fun when you canít stop. If you are concerned about the impact gambling is having on your life, call us . . . We understand the problem. We can help.
- Do you exhibit any of the Signs of Problem Gambling? Visit this link to find out.
- Are you a student who is concerned about your gambling? Download the Council's, Students: Know the Limit Brochure, for more information. Or take the Massachusetts Gambling Screen (MAGS) to determine if you exhibit any of the signs of problem gambling.
- The Self-Assessment (included in Your First Step to Change) is a tool to help you determine whether you have a gambling problem. No personal information is required or recorded. Your First Step to Change is the Council's self-help guidebook. It has been designed to help people who are unable to access traditional treatment, begin recovery.
- Twelve-Step Self-Help Groups , such as Gamblers Anonymous , Bettors Anonymous , and Gam-Anon hold regular meetings for problem gamblers and their families and friends. To find out more about each organization and its meetings, click on the aforementioned links.
- Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Outpatient Treatment Centers are available for people seeking professional counseling.
- There is often a link between Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse . This page can help people understand the differences and similarities between the conditions.
- The Councilís Helpline offers information and confidential referrals to help.
- Each year, the Council holds several regional trainings, as well as an annual conference. For more information, please visit the calendar of events.
- Download the Council's list of private practice clinicians.