If you feel you or someone you know may be in trouble with problem gambling, call toll free: 1.800.346.6238
At Winners, we strive to understand problem gambling and to help those who have problems get the help they need.
We recognize that for most people, gambling is a social or recreational activity, something people do for fun and entertainment. For others, gambling becomes uncontrollable and is no longer a choice. If you think that your gambling is no longer a social or recreational activity but a need that is uncontrollable, please call 1.800.346.6238
We recommend you do the following to help avoid a gambling problem:
- Gambling is not essential for having a good time.
- The odds are always against winning. Gamble for entertainment, not as a way to make money.
- Set a time and dollar limit and stick to it.
- Never borrow money to gamble that you cannot repay.
- Gambling should not be used to solve financial problems.
- Never chase after losses. Money spent on gambling is the cost of entertainment.
- Gambling when feeling lonely, angry, depressed or under stress can result in excessive losses, as judgment may be impaired.
Do You Have A Gambling Problem?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you may be at risk for developing a gambling problem. The more questions you answer ‘yes’ to, the more serious your gambling problem can be.
- Have you been preoccupied with thoughts of gambling while doing other things that require your attention?
- Have you been restless or irritable when unable to gamble?
- Have you hidden your gambling from family members?
- Has gambling created conflict and unhappiness in your life?
- Have you tried to stop gambling but have not been able to?
- Have you gambled to obtain money to pay debts or solve other financial problems?
- Have you needed someone else to bail you out of a gambling debt?
- Have you ever borrowed money and not paid it back as a result of your gambling?
- Have you been unable to pay bills due to gambling losses?
- Have you ever thought you might have a gambling problem?
Do you know the warning signs of problem gambling? Problem gambling can be disruptive to the individual, family, social and work life and can develop in anyone and does not discriminate against gender, age, social, ethnic or economic groups. Risks vary for each individual.
If you are concerned about your own gambling or the gambling of someone you care about, call the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Helpline: 1.800.346.6238. It is free, confidential and available 24 hours. Visit the Council’s website at problemgambling.org to access additional information on problem and underage gambling, the rates of adult, college and high school student problem gambling, a list of other websites with helpful problem gambling information and much more.