There is help available now for people suffering from a gambling disorder. Treatment works. A free, confidential help hotline is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-333-HOPE or texting HOPE to 61222. Or, click to chat with a support agent.

Whether it’s sports-betting, casino games, lottery tickets or online poker, gambling continues to grow in popularity and has become more easily accessible than ever before. For many, gambling is a harmless form of entertainment, but for some, it becomes a crippling disorder that can destroy lives and families.

Problem gambling is a progressive disorder characterized by an increased preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money, bet more frequently, difficulty when attempting to stop gambling, “chasing” losses, and loss of control demonstrated by continuing to gamble despite serious, negative consequences.

Problem gambling can affect anyone, regardless of position, education or income. But there is hope – there is life beyond a gambling problem. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-333-HOPE (gambling help hotline) or text HOPE to 61222 for confidential counseling.

Remember, treatment works.