Help for Problem Gambling

Peer Support Resources

Peer support involves individuals who have faced similar challenges offering assistance, guidance, and understanding to those currently dealing with gambling-related issues. These support options can be valuable in the recovery process as they provide a sense of connection, empathy and shared experience.

The National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLER) is available via call, text or chat and can provide detailed information regarding treatment resources available in your area.

Peer Support Resources

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a fellowship of men and women who have come together to help themselves and others recover from a gambling problem. GA meetings provide a safe and confidential space for individuals to share their experiences, strengths and hope. Members support each other in their efforts to quit gambling and stay abstinent.


Gam-Anon is a support group program designed to help the family members, friends and loved ones of individuals who are struggling with gambling addiction or problem gambling. Gam-Anon can be a valuable resource for those seeking guidance, understanding and a sense of community as they navigate the challenges associated with a loved one’s gambling problem.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a science-based, self-help organization and support group program designed to assist individuals in overcoming addiction and addictive behaviors. The acronym “SMART” stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training,” which reflects the program’s emphasis on empowering individuals to take control of their recovery journey. SMART Recovery is popular among those who may not resonate with the spiritual or 12-step aspects of traditional recovery programs.


An online support forum for individuals dealing with problem gambling or gambling addiction. It provides a platform for people to share their experiences, offer support to one another and seek advice on how to overcome gambling-related challenges.

Debtors Anonymous

Debtors Anonymous (DA) is a 12-step fellowship and support group program designed to help individuals who are struggling with significant debt, overspending and financial issues. DA follows a similar structure to other 12-step programs but focuses specifically on addressing the emotional, behavioral and practical aspects of debt and financial problems.

Important Note

While peer support can be a valuable component of recovery, professional treatment may also be necessary. Problem gambling can have serious financial, emotional and psychological consequences, and some individuals may require professional treatment to effectively address these concerns. Peer support can complement formal treatment options and help individuals stay connected in their recovery journey.