Online Resources for Problem Gambling Posted On
As more people are using smartphones, tablets and computers to access the Internet, it’s not surprising the first step many people take to seek problem gambling help is to go online. Everyday people are searching, “How can I stop my gambling addiction?” and “What is problem gambling?” And when they do, it is important the answers to those questions be found quickly and accurately online.
You may already be familiar with organizations such as National Council on Problem Gambling and New York Council on Problem Gambling which provide information on problem gambling events, advocacy, services and other resources critical to the success of individuals seeking to end their gambling. KnowTheOdds is another resource for those seeking more information about gambling addiction. But what other sites and resources exist related to gambling support?
Problem Gambling Websites/Blogs
When searching the internet for answers to your gambling addiction questions, you’ll stumble upon many organizations providing answers and hope. Educate yourself about problem gambling at websites such as the ones listed below.
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Online (OASAS)
OASAS offers an online directory to help you find support in your hometown, whether the gambling addiction is affecting you or someone you love. Many of the specific providers have website where additional information and support can be found.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope to help themselves and others recover from gambling problems.
Gam-Anon provides information for the general public and professional community about compulsive gambling and its financial and emotional effects on the gamblers’ families and loved ones.
Gambling Addiction Matters
Lanie’s Hope is a non-profit dedicated to helping problem gamblers and raising awareness of problem gambling.
NCRG – National Center for Responsible Gambling
The National Center for Responsible Gambling offers information for gambling addiction treatment, support, research and more.
Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders
A teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
Council on Compulsive Gambling NJ
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. is a private non-profit organization providing information, education and referral services for anyone affected by the “hidden illness” of compulsive gambling.
Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling’s mission is to reduce the prevalence and impact of problem and pathological gambling on individuals, families, and society.
Find KnowTheOdds on Facebook, where we share relevant news articles, problem gambling support tips and resources for seeking help with addiction recovery. Reach out to our Facebook community to ask questions, comment on discussions and share your own experiences. With your participation and the participation of others, first-time visitors will find they are not alone in their addiction.
Beyond KnowTheOdds, there are many other organizations using Facebook to share information and communicate with people posting their questions and own experiences. Below is a list of some excellent gambling addiction and recovery pages and groups on Facebook:
National Council on Problem Gambling
The national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Provides addiction education for individual and groups, to those personally afflicted with addiction and others who want to learn about helping those who struggle.
National Center for Responsible Gaming
Advancing research, awareness and education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming.
Lanie’s hope is a national advocacy group dedicated to humanizing and illuminating the disease of compulsive gambling.
LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions
LEAF is dedicated to helping build a community where children and adults can live in healthy environments free from addiction.
Teens Know Your Limits
A new Facebook page from the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling designed for, and by, teens interesting in learning about preventing or dealing with gambling problems.
Have you ever searched for discussions occurring on Twitter about problem gambling? There are many people who discuss addiction, provide counseling tips, share their stories and provide hope. We can be found at @KnowTheOdds, but there are numerous organizations, individuals and publications speaking about problem gambling on Twitter. Below is a sampling of who you can find tweeting tips, personal experiences and support for problem gamblers:
National Council on Problem Gambling – @NCPGambling
National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – @MassCouncilCG
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling teaches about problem gambling and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities, and provides help to those in need.
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling – @wcpgambling
The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling provides resources, public awareness and education on problem and pathological gambling disorders.
Delaware Gambling Problems – @DEGamblingProb
Delaware Gambling Problem’s mission is to raise awareness that problem gambling is treatable, as well as share problem gambling services available in Delaware.
CA Problem Gambling – @CAOPG
CA Problem Gambling provides leadership in prevention, intervention and treatment for problem and pathological gamblers, as well as their families and communities.
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance – @MNProbGambling
The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance is a non-profit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of problem gamblers in Minnesota.
Susan Campion – @SusanCampion1
Susan is a National Certified Gambling Counselor II, presenter and advocate for problem gambling.
Betting On Our Future – @BetOnOurFuture
Betting On Our Future is a problem gambling prevention video campaign giving youth the opportunity to make a change.
That is just a brief sampling of who you can find actively discussing problem gambling on Twitter. Whether the Twitter account you follow is located in New York or elsewhere, you’ll be able to learn important information about problem gambling recovery and connect with individuals who understand the struggles you may be going through.
There are a number of health-related Twitter chats hosted by health professionals on a weekly or monthly basis. Join Twitter and follow the appropriate conversation to interact with health professionals and other individuals interested in discussing topics such as healthy living, mental health, fitness and wellness tips, and more. TweetReports.com and Gnosis Media Group provide regularly updated lists of active chats you can join.
Of course, you can always find gambling addiction resources here at KnowTheOdds.org. Our goal is to inform you of the signs and risks of problem gambling, and make sure you know what to do if you or someone you know needs help.
If you want to understand the basic facts about problem gambling, such as what it is, who it affects and how to seek help, check out our Understanding Problem Gambling e-book. For recovering gamblers and those making the decision to stop gambling now, our Staying Safe After Problem Gambling e-book discusses how to identify gambling triggers and stay out of gambling-inducing situations.
The Gambling Support Directory provides a comprehensive list of gambling treatment centers located in counties throughout New York State. Find organizations whose primary services include support such as individual counseling, group counseling, peer mentoring groups, addiction education, vocational and financial counseling. You’ll find contact information, websites and summaries of services in this directory.
Need problem gambling help today?
You can find it online, or by calling the New York State HOPELINE at 1-877-8-HOPENY. Counselors are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.