What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is any gambling, betting or wagering that causes family, financial, legal, emotional or other problems for the gambler, their family or others. Gambling problems can be mild or quite severe and can worsen over time. (The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.)
Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
- Gambling more frequently or for longer than intended
- Lying about where money goes
- Declining work or school performance
- Borrowing money in order to gamble
- Increasing preoccupation with gambling
- Distancing or isolating from family or friends
- Unable to pay bills or cover expenses
- Chasing losses, or returning the next day to win back what was lost
- Have you committed or considered committing a crime to finance your gambling?
- Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control or stop your gambling?
24/7 Helpline - speak with someone who can get you to the help you may need. All calls are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-848-1880 or 1-800-GAMBLER.
Gamblers Anonymous Meetings - closed and open meetings are held all over the Southeast region, including some in Bucks County. For more information about a specific meeting, please contact the Gamblers Anonymous Toll-Free Hotline at 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-CALL-GA). Find a meeting