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North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline


North Carolina Problem Gambling Program

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. Do you think that you might be a compulsive gambler? Take the Gambler's Anonymous 20-Question quiz to help you decide.

There are many definitions of what people think is "gambling." So what is it, really?

Gambling (or "betting" or gaming") is any behavior that involves the risking of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event. This event or game may be in part or totally dependent upon chance.

Gamblers Anonymous defines gambling as: "Betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or skill."

For most people, gambling is something done for fun and recreation. One might buy a Powerball ticket, play some Bingo, bet on a sporting event, or play video lottery. The facts are that the majority of North Carolinians gamble with little or no adverse consequences; they are commonly considered "social gamblers."

But for some, gambling becomes a problem--and for some, uncontrollable. Disordered gambling destroys families, friendships, finances and hopes, and for some, even life itself.

Do you know someone who might have a gambling disorder? There is free and confidential help. Call 1-877-718-5543

Call the NC Problem Gambling Helpline
877-718-5543

Draw the line on gambling before the stakes get too high.

Call for free, confidential help.



Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

  • Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?
  • Have you ever lied to people important to you about how much you gambled?
  • Have you repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling?
  • Have you ever relied on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling?
  • Do you gamble as a way of escaping emotional or physical pain?
  • Have you ever jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or career opportunity because of gambling?
  • Have you gambled to get money with which to pay debts or to solve other financial problems?
  • Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling?
  • Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  • Do you gamble to try to get your money back?

Helplines

North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline
877-718-5543

Gambler's Anonymous
888-846-4427
Find meetings near you

Gam-Anon
800-552-0170 or 704-552-4633
Find meetings near you
Find help and support for friends
and families of problem gamblers

Contact us at
problemgambling@dhhs.nc.gov



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