March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM)

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During the month of March, and all year long, National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) aims to raise awareness about problem gambling. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally.

NCPG encourages everyone to Have the Conversation about Problem Gambling. Most adults gamble or know someone who gambles, and therefore could benefit from programs to prevent gambling addiction.  We believe many who suffer in silence do so because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is or where to get help.  Click here for resources, to learn the signs of problem gambling and know that help is available.

Problem Gambling Resources in New Jersey

Gambling Problem Hotline

Problem gambling is a treatable illness but hope and help are available for those struggling and their families or significant others by calling 800-GAMBLER. This number is operated by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) and is a free and confidential 24/7 hotline offering Support, Treatment, and Hope to the disordered gambler, as well as to the friends and family members of that individual. The goal of this helpline is to create a single point of contact for those struggling with addiction or who feel that life is starting to become unmanageable and to get them the help they need.

When a person calls the hotline, a brief intake is conducted and the caller is referred to a combination of a twelve-step program, a treatment provider, and / or an in-patient facility within NJ. With respect to the twelve-step program, the caller is typically encouraged to join Gamblers Anonymous (GA) while the family member or loved one is encouraged to join Gam-Anon. It has been found that joining a twelve-step program can greatly increase the chance of recovery for those struggling as well as for the loved ones who attend Gam-Anon meetings.

In addition to the helpline, CCGNJ offers the ability to text ‘800GAMBLER’ to 53342 as well as a feature where an individual can ‘Click to Chat’ and communicate online. Problem gambling is a progressive illness that only gets worse, never better. This can lead to a full blown addiction that can destroy relationships, finances, and tear apart families. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you think you or someone you love is struggling with this disease, call the 800-GAMBLER helpline! For additional information about how you can help yourself or a loved one, visit TODAY!