GetGamblingHelp.com is a website created by the Department of Human Services to address and offer aid to those struggling with compulsive gambling.
A gambling disorder is a diagnosable addictive disorder; a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to cut down or stop gambling, chasing losses and an inability to stop gambling despite serious negative consequences.
For many people, gambling is a harmless form of entertainment, but for some, it can become a devastating addiction. Once this shift occurs, a gambling disorder can cause negative psychological, physical, social and vocational consequences. It affects people of all cultures, ethnicities, ages, genders and socioeconomic categories.
In creating GetGamblingHelp.com, the Department of Human Services provides an online resource for those directly and indirectly impacted by a gambling disorder. You can text HOPE to 61222 or you can find a toll-free number (1-800-333-HOPE) to contact as well as resource material for additional information and assistance. Remember, when you choose to get help, there is no judgment, only hope.