Office of Problem Gambling

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Available Assistance


Questions to determine if gambling is a problem:

For Gamblers
For Teen Gamblers
For Family Members of Gamblers

Confidential Helplines

Speak to a live master's level counselor 24/7. If gambling has become a problem for you or for someone you know, please call 1-800-426-2537 helpline to seek free, confidential, 24/7 problem gambling assistance.

You can also text “SUPPORT” to 53342 to get more information about problem gambling behavior. Normal text messaging rates apply.
NICOS Chinese Health Coalition offers a statewide toll-free telephone number for Chinese-speaking problem gamblers looking for assistance: 1-888-968-7888.
California Youth Crisis Line Legislatively-mandated 24-hour crisis line for youth (ages 12-24) and families in California: Professionally trained peer and adult ally counselors respond with non-judgmental, non-advice crisis intervention counseling and provide local resource referrals with any struggles including runaway and homelessness, thoughts of suicide, teen pregnancy or substance abuse. The California Youth Crisis Line is a free and confidential connection. We listen. 24/7. For more assistance please call: 1-800-843-5200.

Counseling Services

California Council on Problem Gambling offers a problem gambling certification program. To find a certified gambling counselor visit or call 1 714 765-5804.

State Sponsored Treatment

Outpatient Treatment - licensed therapists with specialized training who assist people with gambling problems.

Treatment Centers - for individuals with more severe problems such as significant depression, suicidal thoughts, and chemical dependency. Inpatient treatment, which generally lasts 30 days or longer, is available.

Additional Treatment

Cardroom Self-Restriction/Self-Exclusion Policy

Gambling Treatment Resources
"Freedom from Problem Gambling"

This self-help workbook for problem gamblers, developed by the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, is a tool for assisting people who are motivated to stop or reduce the problems associated with gambling. The workbook is NOT a substitute for professional help.


Multi-Language Brochures
Are You Gambling Away Your Retirement?
Youth Gambling - Tips for Parents
Gambling Guidelines to Prevent Gambling Addiction

Community Support Groups

Gamblers Anonymous (GA), a twelve-step support group for men or women, is a free program dedicated to helping people with a gambling problem.

Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA)

Los Angeles/Orange County and Surrounding Area
Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA)

Palm Springs
Hot-Line # 1-760-325-2808

San Diego/Southern Riverside County
Hot-Line #1- 877-233-8547 or 1-855-222-5542

*(Spanish speaking meetings)

Gam-Anon is a support system for the spouse, family or close friends of those addicted to gambling. It is free assistance.

Northern California
Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA)

Los Angeles/Orange County and Surrounding Area Hot-line # 1-818-377-5144*

San Diego/Southern Riverside County
Hot-Line #1- 877-233-8547 or 1-855-222-5542

*(Spanish speaking meetings)

Office of Problem Gambling (OPG)
1616 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997377 MS-8700
Sacramento, CA 95899
Office: (916) 327-8611
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