Video About the Helpline
Learn how calling 1-800-GAMBLER can help you
- All calls and texts are free
- All calls and texts are confidential
- Available 24 hours a day
- Calls can be answered with TTY and in over 160 languages with the use of the AT&T language line.
Who will you speak to?
When you call this number, you will speak with someone trained to provide help for people with gambling problems. The help-line specialist will let you know about the closest self-help meeting or the closest available counselor. Gambling problems are a treatable medical condition.
For gamblers, family members and friends, gambling can become an urgent crisis. Gambling problems often escalate quickly, rapidly impacting more and more people, hurting family, friends and employers. People with gambling problems are at high risk for incarceration and suicide. It is very important to get help as soon as possible. Gamblers, their family, their friends, or employers are welcome to call the free and confidential helpline.
What help can you expect?
- The helpline counselor will listen to your problems.
- The helpline counselor will make recommendations about services for you or your family members, such as support group meetings and credit counseling.
- Printed materials about problem gambling can be mailed directly to you at no cost.
- You can be connected directly to a Peer Recovery Support Specialist who has lived experience in recovery and “has been there.” They can listen and help you decide the best path to address any problems gambling is causing you.
- As a Maryland resident, you can be connected to a treatment provider for “no Cost” counseling.