Many people don’t realize that problem gambling is a treatable disorder that affects thousands of people globally every day. With multiple negative stigmas floating around, it is important that we clear the air so people understand the truth about this serious addiction. Even recently, a local Atlantic City Casino attached the word “degenerate” to gamblers, and our executive director Neva Pryor stepped in and took action to make sure the casino publicly corrected their phrasing mistakes.
Gambling is not something that only happens on weekends and vacations. It isn’t exclusively a night-time activity. To put it simply, gambling does not discriminate in any sense. As more mediums become available for betting, the number of sufferers in need of assistance also grows. This is why it is critical that organizations such as the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey make our presence felt.
Take a look at three of the many helpful resources available from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey:
- 24/7 Confidential Hotline: Sometimes finding the right person to confide in can be tough. With our 24/7 confidential hotline, gamblers seeking help can speak to a trained counselor equipped with a vast selection of treatment approaches. There is NO judgment, and every call is confidential. We also offer a text messaging option that allows individuals to text the word ‘GAMBLER’ to 53342 to be put in touch with somebody who specializes in offering support for problematic gambling.
- Brochures: We offer over 20 different specialized brochures that range from Senior and Female Gambling to Sports and Internet Gambling. These resources can be viewed, downloaded, or printed from our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost.
- Gamblers Anonymous: Our website (which is mobile friendly), provides a complete list of Gamblers Anonymous meetings across the New Jersey area. These meetings offer a great support system and are very helpful throughout all stages of treating a gambling addiction. These support groups provide tremendous help for gambling addiction in NJ and its surrounding communities.
If you or somebody you know has problems with gambling in NJ, 1-800-GAMBLER is only a phone call away. If you prefer to utilize our interactive website, feel free to visit http://800gambler.org any time!