Problem gambling is a treatable illness but hope and help are available for those struggling and their families or significant others by calling our helpline at 800-GAMBLER. This number is operated by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) and is a free and confidential 24/7 hotline offering Support, Treatment, and Hope to the disordered gambler, as well as to the friends and family members of that individual. The goal of this helpline is to create a single point of contact for those struggling with addiction or who feel that life is starting to become unmanageable and to get them the help they need.
When a person calls the hotline, a brief intake is conducted and the caller is referred to a combination of a twelve-step program, a treatment provider, and / or an in-patient facility within NJ. With respect to the twelve-step program, the caller is typically encouraged to join Gamblers Anonymous (GA) while the family member or loved one is encouraged to join Gam-Anon. It has been found that joining a twelve-step program can greatly increase the chance of recovery for those struggling as well as for the loved ones who attend Gam-Anon meetings.
In addition to the helpline, CCGNJ offers the ability to text ‘800GAMBLER’ to 53342 as well as a feature where an individual can ‘Click to Chat’ and communicate online with a representative to help find the best Support, Treatment, and Hope in NJ for the person. Problem gambling is a progressive illness that only gets worse, never better. This can lead to a full blown addiction that can destroy relationships, finances, and tear apart families. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you think you or someone you love is struggling with this disease, call the 800-GAMBLER helpline! For additional information about how you can help yourself or a loved one, call the hotline at 800.gambler.org TODAY!
Mission Statement: The CCGNJ is a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose primary purpose is to represent the best interest of disordered gamblers and their families, recognizing that problem or disordered gambling is a treatable illness. The Council focuses on educating the general public, training professionals throughout the State, referring those struggling and their families in treatment, and advocating for increased treatment services for those struggling and their families.
The Council also advises the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides the executive and legislative branches of State government with relevant data on all aspects of the problem; and provides assistance to those private or public agencies in the State who request it. The Council neither opposes nor endorses legalized gambling. However, the Council may take positions on various issues when the members believe that taking a stand is in the best interest of those we are trying to help.