HELP IS HERE

Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help.
Feel the need to gamble more?

Feel the need to gamble more?

Do you ever feel like you need to bet more and more money, maybe to recover from previous losses?
Lie about gambling?

Lie about gambling?

Have you ever lied to important people in your life about how much you gamble?
Hit bottom?

Hit bottom?

Have you hit bottom, and can't recover from your losses, or can't find a way to quit gambling?

"Yes" to any of these questions indicates you may have a problem with gambling.

Help is here. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)

Q: Isn’t problem gambling really the result of irresponsible or weak-willed people?
A: No. Many people who develop problems have been viewed as responsible and strong by those who care about them. Precipitating factors often lead to a change in behavior, such as retirement or job-related stress.

Q: What kind of people become problem gamblers?
A: Anyone who gambles can develop problems if they are not aware of the risks and do not gamble responsibly. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace, a serious problem already exists.

Q: Do casinos, lotteries and other types of gambling cause problem gambling?
A: The cause of a gambling problem is the individual’s inability to control the gambling. This may be due in part to a person’s general tendency to develop addiction, his or her ability to cope with normal life stress and even social upbringing and moral attitudes about gambling. The casino or lottery provides the opportunity for the person to gamble. It does not, in and of itself, create the problem any more than a liquor store would create an alcoholic.

Q: How much money do you have to lose before gambling becomes a problem?
A: The amount of money lost or won does not determine when gambling becomes a problem. Gambling becomes a problem when it causes a negative impact on any area of the individual’s life.

Q: Isn’t problem gambling just a financial problem?
A: No. Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has financial consequences. If you pay all of a gambler’s debts, the person will still be a problem gambler. The real problem is that he or she may have an uncontrollable obsession with gambling.

If any of these sound like someone you know, that
person may have a problem with gambling. 
Call the Kentucky Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).
It’s free and confidential and available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.

1. You have often gambled longer than you had planned.

2. You have often gambled until your last dollar was spent.

3. Thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep.

4. You have used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid.

5. You have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling.

6. You have broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling.

7. You have borrowed money to finance your gambling.

8. You have felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses.

9. You have been remorseful after gambling.

10. You have gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations.

If any of these sound like someone you know, that
person may have a problem with gambling. 
Call the Kentucky Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).
It’s free and confidential and available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.

Before Gambling, ask yourself:

1. WHETHER you should gamble, knowing that losing is likely, that you cannot control chance, and that it doesn’t interfere with other responsibilities?

2. WHEN is it appropriate to gamble, understanding that gambling is not a healthful way to deal with emotion or stress?

3. HOW MUCH money and time can you gamble, recognizing gambling is entertainment and not an essential expenditure of time or money?

 

During Gambling Outings:

1. KEEP track of the pre-set time and money limits.

2. TAKE frequent breaks.

3. AVOID the ATM or other sources of money or credit.

If you think  you may have a gambling problem, need more information on problem gambling, or want to inquire about professional counseling or Gamblers Anonymous, please consider contacting the following:

Kentucky Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER – Speak with a telephone counselor, obtain referral to certified gambler counselors or mental health center, get location of nearest Gamblers Anonymous or Gam-Anon meeting.

• www.kycpg.org/referral_options.htm – Link to a list of currently certified counselors in Kentucky

• www.gamblersanonymous.org – Gamblers Anonymous website, information and referral to current meeting lcoations.

• www.gam-anon.org – Gam-Anon website, for those affected by problem gamblers, information and referral to current meeting locations.

HELP IS HERE

Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help.
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