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Responsible Gambling, General Public - FAQs

Is there government funding to assist problem gamblers who seek counseling?

The California Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling administers a treatment program for gambling disorder called California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS). Individuals who have a gambling disorder and those negatively impacted by problem gambling behavior may be eligible to receive services at no cost. There are a variety of services to fit the diverse needs of California residents including phone counseling, individual and group counseling and even residential care. For more information, please visit the Office of Problem Gambling's website under "Treatment Program."

What can I do for my family member or friend who has a gambling problem?

You can seek assistance from the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS) program, and so can the gambler. An authorized CalGETS provider can educate you about gambling disorder and help you work with your loved one to seek assistance. The Office of Problem Gambling's website provides information for family and friends of individuals who are addicted to gambling. In addition, you can contact GAM-ANON, a 12-step self-help organization for close friends and family members of problem gamblers.

If I have a gambling problem, where can I find information on getting help?

The Office of Problem Gambling's website, www.problemgambling.ca.gov, has information for gambler's who believe they may have a gambling problem. You will find self-help workbooks and even a self-assessment test. If you find that gambling is negatively impacting your life you may want to consider participating in counseling services provided at no cost from California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS). Gambling disorder is a treatable brain disease like any other addiction and recovery is possible.

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