All Resources for the Family Member


Problem gambling can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime. But it is treatable. There is help for EVERYONE: gamblers, their loved ones and their friends!

For the Family Member:

  1. Assess if someone you know has a gambling problem by answering the self-assessment questions1
  1. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) Helpline
  • Speak to a live, professional master’s level counselor 24/7 for confidential and free assistance for you as a family member or problem gambler on treatment in your area. There are over 200 languages available upon request!
  • OR 1-800-843-5200 – For Youth, ages 12-24, and their families
  1. Seek Counseling
  • Receive problem gambling assistance from a certified gambling counselor for problem gamblers and their family members
    • State Sponsored Treatment is also available
    •  Outpatient Treatment – licensed therapists trained to assist people with gambling problems3
  1. Continued Support through Gam-Anon1
  • Free support system for the spouse, family or friends of problem gamblers
    • Contact:
      • Northern California: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Los Angeles/Surrounding Areas: 1-818-377-5144
      • San Diego/Riverside: 1-877-233-8547 or 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Meeting List
  1. Self-Help Tools/Publications
  1. Exclusion/Restriction Policies
  • California Cardrooms
    • Most cardrooms do not have a third-party self-exclusion policy. The gambler would have to do a self-exclusion themselves to be banned from all cardrooms in California. Review the Gambling Bans and Restrictions.
  • Tribal Casinos
    • Each Native American casino has its own government, forms, and policies. Must contact them individually about their third party exclusion program, if available.
  • Gamblock allows gamblers to ban themselves from internet gambling.5
  1. Help Outside of California
  • National Helpline Number: 1-800-522-47006
    • The Area Code on your phone will transfer you to the State the phone resides. 24/7/365, free, confidential helpline.
  1. Resources for the Problem Gambler

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