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Get Help for Problem Gambling

If you think that you or someone you care about might have a gambling problem, call the California Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) or get help here!

Help Someone

How to be firm and a friend.

If someone you know is a problem gambler you can help stop their suffering by speaking up and letting them know you’re concerned. It’s best to use a simple and straightforward approach. The following messages may help you find the right words to communicate your concern:

  • Tell the person that you care about him or her and that you feel concerned about the way you see him or her acting
  • Tell the person exactly what he or she has done that concerns you
  • After telling the person that you care, what you've seen and how you feel, listen to what he or she says
  • Tell the person that you would like to see him or her seek help and talk to someone about his or her gambling problem

Talking about this issue may be difficult, but know that you’re being a good friend by doing so.

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