Problem Gambling Resources in California
If gambling is causing a problem in your life we encourage you to ask questions, gather information and conduct research on the type of help that is most appropriate for your situation. This information is intended to be a starting point—it is not a complete list of information or services.
FIND HELP IN YOUR STATE NOW
, including counseling, treatment, self-help and support groups:
National Problem Gambling Helpline
California Council on Problem Gambling
41743 Enterprise Circle North, Suite 202
Temecula, CA, 92590
OTHER STATE RESOURCES
• California Dept. of Public Health: Office of Problem Gambling.
OPG is charged with developing and providing quality statewide prevention and treatment programs and services to address problem and pathological gambling issues, to the people of California.
• California Health and Human Services Agency
is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in this state, and may also have information on problem gambling.
For the fact sheet
on gambling and problem gambling in California, click here
Self Help Resources
• Gamblers Anonymous
Is fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.
Is a 24/7 moderated online peer support forum.
• Your First Step to Change Workbook
This online guide will help you understand gambling, figure out if you need to change, and decide how to deal with the actual process of change.
Please visit our Screening Tools page
to access three problem gambling assessment tools. It is important to note that these screens are not a diagnosis and DO NOT replace a face-to-face evaluation with a trained clinical professional.
• The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)
. A 3-item survey designed to help people decide on their own whether to seek a formal evaluation of their gambling behavior.
• DSM-5 Addictive Gambling Criteria
. The American Psychiatric Association guidelines used for the medical diagnosis of addictive gambling.
• NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Problems
. This simple self test will help you to evaluate your gambling behavior. Just answer 10 questions adapted from the DSM IV criteria.
OTHER TREATMENT RESOURCES
• Certified Gambling Counselor Directory
• Treatment Facility List
In addition to the resources listed above, there are many additional resources for problem gamblers throughout the National Council on Problem Gambling site.
page pulls together information and links about our State Affiliates, U.S. and international resources, awareness promotion, state problem gambling services, financial issues, and much more.
• Celebrate & Inspire
– In order to get beyond the statistics and provide a more personal and individual picture of this issue, this section features the stories of individuals who have been affected by problem gambling, including problem gamblers and their family members, friends, colleagues and employers; treatment providers; advocates; and any others.