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For the Gambler:

  1. Determine if you may have or be at risk of developing a gambling problem
  1. Call a Helpline:
  • 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) – Speak to a live, professional, master’s level counselor 24/7/365 for confidential and free assistance on treatment in your area. There are over 200 languages available upon request!
  • 1-888-968-7888 – NICOS Chinese Health Coalition helpline for Cantonese and Mandarin speaking problem gamblers3
  • 1-800-843-5200 – For Youth, ages 12-24, and their families
  1. Seek Counseling
  • Receive problem gambling treatment from a certified gambling counselor
    • State Sponsored Treatment is also available
      • Outpatient Treatment – licensed therapists trained to help problem gamblers4
      • Treatment Centers – Inpatient treatment, which generally lasts 30 days or longer, is available for individuals with more severe problems such as significant depression, suicidal thoughts, and chemical dependency.
  1. Continued Support through Gambler’s Anonymous (GA)5
  • Free, 12-step support group
  • A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
    • Contact:
      • Central Valley: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Inland Empire: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Northern California: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Palm Springs: 1-760-325-2808
      • Sacramento: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • San Diego: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
      • Southern California: 1-855-2CALLGA or 1-855-222-5542
        • Meetings in English and Spanish in Southern California
      • Meeting List
  1. Self-exclusion/Restriction
  • California Cardrooms
    • Self-Exclusion – allows gamblers to ban themselves from gambling in all California Cardrooms. The terms are 1 year, 5 years, and lifetime exclusion.
      • The above link allows you to register online: you do not have to go into a cardroom to exclude yourself!
    • Self-Restriction – allows gamblers to limit their access to individual cardrooms entirely, exclude from certain games, or issuance of credit, check cashing, or marketing by that cardroom. Restriction periods (30 days, 90 days, 1 year, lifetime, etc.) are dictated by the individual cardroom’s policy.4
  • Tribal Casinos
    • Each Native American casino has its own government, forms, and policies. You must contact them individually about their self-exclusion programs.
  • The Global Cash Access STEP allows gamblers to ban themselves from using ATMs at over 1,000 gambling locations.6
  • Gamblock allows gamblers to ban themselves from internet gambling.7
  1. Self-Help Tools/Publications
  1. Help Outside of California
  • National Helpline Number: 1-800-522-47008
    • The Area Code on your phone will transfer you to the State the phone resides. 24/7/365, free, confidential helpline.

For the Family Member:

  1. Assess if someone you know has a gambling problem by answering the self-assessment questions9
  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-Anon9
  • 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.7
  1. Help Outside of California
  • National Helpline Number: 1-800-522-47008
    • The Area Code on your phone will transfer you to the State the phone resides. 24/7/365, free, confidential helpline.

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