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Important: if you are currently having feelings or thoughts about suicide, please immediately call either the

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Depression is treatable. Suicide is preventable. Problem gambling help is available to California residents at 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).

Listed below are toll-free helpline numbers and websites available to persons who may have a gambling problem or for those concerned about someone with a gambling problem.

Disclaimer: These problem gambling-related resources are provided as a general service to the public and do not indicate that the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs or the Office of Problem Gambling endorses, warrants, or otherwise guarantees the products, services, or information described or offered at these helplines and/or websites.

California Attorney General's Office Bureau of Gambling Control
1-916-322-3360 or toll-free in CA 1-800-952-5225

California Lottery Problem Gambling
Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)

UCLA Gambling Studies Program SEMEL Institute/UCLA
Helpline: 1-310-825-4845

The Division of Addictions (DOA) at the Cambridge Health Alliance
(an affiliate of Harvard Medical School)

California Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-FACTS-4-U (1-800-322-8748)
Email: info@calproblemgambling.org

Gamblers Anonymous, International Service Office
(a 12 step self-help group)
Email: isomain@gamblersanonymous.org

  • Northern California Hotline Numbers
    • Northern California: 1-800-287-8670
    • Greater Sacramento: 1-916-447-5588
    • Shasta County: 1-530-241-5885
  • Southern California Hotline Numbers
    for Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley,
    Orange County, Riverside County, and Ventura County:
    1-877-GA-FOR-LA  (1-877-423-6752)
    • Palm Springs: 1-760-325-2808
    • Greater San Diego: 1-866-239-2911

Gam-Anon, International Service Office
(a 12 step self-help group for family members of problem gamblers)
Email: info3@gam-anon.org

  • Northern California:
    • Hotline number: temporarily closed
  • Los Angeles Area:
    • Hotline number: 1-818-377-5144
  • San Diego Area:
    • Hotline number: 1-619-239-2911 (local area)
    • Toll-free 1-866-239-2911

NICOS Chinese Health Coalition Problem Gambling
Helpline: 1-888-968-7888 (Mandarin and Cantonese languages)
Email: nicos@nicoschc.com

Compulsive Gambling Institute
Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Email: Tom@gamblingaddiction.cc

National Council on Problem Gambling
Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700
Email: ncpg@ncpgambling.org

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Problem Gambling
Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Email: CCGNJ@800Gambler.org

Responsible Gambling Guidelines:

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Please note: if you think any of the information listed is incorrect or out-of-date, please contact the Office of Problem Gambling at:

Office of Problem Gambling
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
1700 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-4037