Problem Gambling Helpline


1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) is California’s largest problem gambling helpline, and is free for anyone who is concerned that they, or someone they know, may have a gambling problem!

Manned by masters-level or above counselors, help is available in more than 200 languages and through TDY services. The helpline is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is considered by many to be the first and most important step for problem gamblers and/or their family members throughout California to receive help.

Callers to the Helpline receive immediate crisis-prevention services and access to information about problem gambling treatment, including:

Helpline History
1-800-GAMBLER was the first professionally staffed crisis helpline for problem gambling in California, and was established in June of 1998. Between 1998 and 2011, more than 200,000 calls were received, and direct assistance was offered or provided to more than 50,000 gamblers and/or their friends or family!

The helpline remains operated by the California Council on Problem Gambling, and is currently funded by the California Office of Problem Gambling.

Click to View Helpline Reports, 1998 to Present

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