California Takes Aim to Help Those Struggling with Problem Gambling

February 02, 2015|1:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The California Department of Public Health's Office of Problem Gambling is moving forward aggressively with a campaign to provide problem gamblers and affected family members with resources that can help.

A new program augments the 1-800-GAMBLER hotline with a text-messaging service. Callers or texters will receive referrals to services such as text support or telephone counseling, one-on-one outpatient counseling for gamblers and family members, and intensive outpatient counseling and residential care for gamblers needing a higher level of treatment.

In addition, the state will soon launch a "Don't Ignore the Signs" public awareness campaign highlighting the signs of problem gambling, such as depression, lying, shame, guilt, anxiety, and despair. The new efforts are in addition to the state's extensive Office of Problem Gambling website, which features information available in 21 languages.