Struggling With Gambling Addiction? Help Is At Hand.

If you or a loved one is struggling with the compulsive nature of casino games, keep reading to get the resources you need.
Struggling With Gambling Addiction? Help Is At Hand.

Casino games can quickly become addictive.

It is important to always only bet what you can afford to lose, not chase your loses and not let gambling detrimentally effect your life. But that can be easier said than done.

You are probably already here as you think you or a loved one may have a problem gambling that they need help with.

Gamblers Anonymous has come up with some questions to ask yourself or a loved one. If you are unsure if this applies to you, have a go at answering these below questions honestly, and if you answer at least 7 questions with “yes” it will be worth seeking some professional help.

Remember, if you cheat the answers you are only cheating yourself, so answer as honestly as possible.

Here is a condensed version:

  • Has time slipped away from you at your place of work or at school because you were gambling?
  • Has gambling effected you emotionally making you feel unhappy?
  • Has your reputation ever been negatively effected due to your gambling habits?
  • Have you ever felt guilt about gambling?
  • Has gambling taken your focus away from other priorities in life?
  • Have you ever gambled to make money for a financial problem?
  • Do you find yourself chasing your loses?
  • Do you have urges to gamble more straight after a win?
  • Have you ever borrowed money to fund your gambling habits?
  • Have you ever sold personal items to get money to gamble with?
  • Have you gambled when you said you wouldn’t.
  • Have you ever gambled to hide from emotional turmoil?
  • Do you lose sleep over your gambling habits?
  • Do you ever consider participating in illegal actively to raise funds for gambling?
  • Do you argue about gambling with loved ones?
  • Do you think of ways to break free from addictive behavior?

Online gambling at casino games is legal in five states in the United States: Michigan, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. As you probably live in one of these States, we have broken out the help that is available in each one.

Jump to the relevant state via our navigation bar on the left or scroll down to find helpful resources that include numbers to confidential hotlines, website links to further resources and ways to self-exclude.

For those of you who don’t know what self-exclude means, it is a way to stop your gambling habit by contacting the state regulator who will then contact the casino (both live and online) telling them they must not let you play at their site. You can self-exclude from an online casino for a varying amount of time, from one month, to multiple years to a lifetime. These options vary state-to-state.

For seeking emotional support for your gambling issues, you can do so via the helpline info provided. Self-exclusion is a sure fire way of immediately blocking ways for you to spend money at online casinos.

For resources that might be useful, like worksheets on how to manage your money, how to keep a gambling diary and why that might be useful, as well as how to build a support network. you can go to the GamCare website where their self-help resources are free to use and download.

If you want to self exclude at an online poker room, go to our sister site Poker Shield for resources.

Pennsylvania

Number To Call in Pennsylvania:
1-800-GAMBLER
PGCB helpline

Here’s some handy resources for you to access if you have a gambling problem in Pennsylvania. Quickly access links to self-exclude from online casinos in PA below. You can self-exclude in PA for 1 year, 5 years or you can choose a lifetime ban. Over in PA you can only self-exclude yourself. You cannot do this for a loved one.

Below there are direct links to take you straight to the self-exclusion form, but if you want to know more about the process you can go to the Responsible Play PA website, which is also linked up below. Already 16,000 residents in PA have chosen to self-exclude so you are definitely not alone. If you need to speak to someone right away call the helpline set up by the state regulator the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as found above.

There they will, in detail, answer any questions you might have on the self-exclusion process. For example, it will tell you all the ways you can self-exclude. If you don’t want to fill in the online form you can schedule an appointment with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board directly. The website also will tell you what to do if you change your mind and wish you have you permissions to gamble reinstated.

Self-Exclude in Pennsylvania Today

Responsible Play PA Resources

Michigan

Number To Call in Michigan:
1-800-270-7117
— Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline

Michigan has a problem gambling helpline which you can call anytime to start on the road to recovery. Below we have also linked to the self-exclusion form and links to resources laid on the by the Michigan Health and Human Services.

When you click through you will see information referring to “Disassociated Person’s”. Don’t be confused or afraid of this term. It is just the terminology used in Michigan to describe someone who would like to self-exclude from an online or bricks-and-mortar casino.

If you go to fill in the form you will see it says to call the compulsive gamblers helpline at 1-800-270-7117 before you go any further—so we recommend you go and ring them straight away so they can walk you through next steps. The helpline is a toll-free, confidential, one-on-one and open 24/7.

Something else that the Michigan Gaming Control Board encourages—the MGCB are the people that make sure all the online casinos are legal and safe in the state—is that you can report any illegal or suspicious activity to them that you may have seen take place at a casino. Follow the links below if you think you may have seen something fishy going on.

Self Exclude in Michigan

Michigan Health and Human Services

New Jersey

Number To Call in New Jersey:
855-222-55427
— NJ Gamblers Anonymous

By following the links below you will be able to self-exclude from online and live casinos in New Jersey. The minimum self-exclusion periods are one year, five years or lifetime. You can choose between self-excluding from internet games only or for live and internet games.* You can either do this by following the links online or go in person to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement located in Atlantic City.

When you file the form, you will be required to provide identification and you will be photographed so please bear this in mind before attending.

Detailed steps can be found by following the self-exclusion link below. Unfortunately you can not self-exclude on behalf of anyone else. It has to be done by the person who wants to be stopped from playing live or online.

After you self-exclude, either a photo of you will be circulated to the casinos in the state so they can stop you from entering or if banning yourself from online games, your player account info will be shared with the online casinos so they do not take your wagers.

Remember: You are not alone. There are more than 45 Gamblers Anonymous meetings in New Jersey every week. To find out where the nearest meeting is and when, visit Gamblers Anonymous. Alternatively you can also call 800-GAMBLER, a hotline that can give you or a loved ones confidential assistance 24/7

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

Self Exclude in New Jersey

Delaware

Number To Call in Delaware:
888-850-8888
— Delaware Council Gambling Problems Helpline

If you don’t want to call DE Problem Gambling—which is free, confidential and open 24/7 on 888-850-8888, you can text them on 302-438-8888 or use their online chat function. All calls, texts and chats are free and confidential. Text and chat available Monday through to 9am to 5 pm. The organization also provides free and confidential treatment services for family members of people suffering from gambling problems.

Support groups are also running now over Zoom.

To self-exclude in Delaware, click on the links provided below—you have to fill in the online form but then submit it in person to the Delaware Lottery Office during working hours Monday to Friday. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic appointments are required so please call the Delaware Lottery Office in Dover at (302) 739-5291 to make an appointment.

Like in the other states mentioned you can self-exclude for 1 year, 5 years of lifetime. By self-excluding it will ban you from going into the Casino at Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino along with their online counterparts.

Delaware Problem Gambling

Self Exclude in Delaware

More Help and Resources

West Virginia

Number To Call in West Virginia:
1-800-426-2537
— Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia

Since 2000, The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia has helped over 15,000 people with overcoming their gambling problems. They have over 70 therapists all within WV who can help. Their helpline is open 24/7 and you will be treated with the utmost care. All calls are free and confidential.

Once you get through you will have all your questioned answered. There is provision to give you immediate crisis counseling as well as being able to get help for a loved one who also may be struggling adjusting to your addiction. The agent on the phone will also give you treatment options, that include free in-person consultation with a therapist and access to support groups. Support whilst you navigate recovery from your addiction is also available.

If you aren’t ready to call you can set up an appointment via the website for someone to call you back.

To self-exclude in West Virginia you need to write to the West Virginia Lottery to be added to the exclusion list. The address is here and you must ask them to self exclude you from any online and live casinos in the state.

West Virginia Lottery
900 Pennsylvania Ave,
Charleston,
WV 25302,
United States

If you want to be removed from the list you must also write to the Lottery asking to be removed. If you want to seek advice before writing your letter call the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia or call the West Virginia Lottery on 800-982-2274.

West Virginia National Council on Problem Gambling

The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia