Today, problem, compulsive, or pathological gambling is considered a form of an addictive illness.
Like an alcoholic who must abstain from all forms of alcohol, a problem gambler often comes to terms with the fact that he or she must stop gambling - for anything - at casinos, in office pools, lottery, friendly poker games, horses, dogs, sports, online and off; even a coin toss to determine who buys coffee or a beer, is believed to be a trigger which leads back to compulsiveness.
Treatment is available to problem gamblers, family members and concerned others. Call 800.GAMBLER (426.2537)
or text "ILGAMB" to 53342 to initiate a conversation with our helpline clinical staff
Problem gambling is a serious disorder with specific warning signs. If any of these warnings apply to you, please seek help as soon as possible.
Preoccupation with gambling
Talks only about wins, not losses
Gambles as a way to escape from problems
Hides gambling losses from family members
Borrows money to fund gambling
Withdrawal from family and friends
Inability to stop or cut back on gambling
Self-exclusion means asking a gambling provider to exclude you from gambling with them for a length of time, usually between six months and five years. All gambling providers must provide consumers with this option, allowing any customer who has followed the procedure to request self-exclusion to be refused service and prevented from gambling during this time period.