Gambling Problems: Resources to Help You Quit
24 Hour Helpline: 1-888-236-4848
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is the statewide-designated authority on problem gambling. Services offered by this organization include: Florida’s 24/7 multilingual helpline; referrals to free supports including: self-help, professional treatment (available to everyone regardless of ability to pay), financial and legal resources, literature and resources for at-home use and use in a therapeutic setting, and opportunities to speak with other recovering compulsive gamblers by phone or through the agency’s online forums.
This website offers individuals gambling-specific information to learn more about what resources are available and provides self-assessments for individuals to determine if they have a gambling problem. The FCCG also offers programs and materials to organizations and professionals seeking information to reduce problem and compulsive gambling (such as workplace awareness kits, online training modules for employers and staff, and Florida-specific research and data).
The following resources are good sources of information, but the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling makes referrals to these and other organizations and keeps updated information on meeting times and locations:
The National Council on Problem Gambling
24 Hour Helpline: Call 1-800-522-4700
The National Council on Problem Gambling is a secular organization that provides a 24/7 confidential national hotline and lists of affiliate links, international links, publications, assessment tools, and problem gambling services for each state, including Florida.
Gamblock is a software product that blocks access to online gambling on computers. The “Gamblers Help” page lists gambling recovery organizations in the US and in specific states. Their website also provides testimonials of individuals who effectively used this software.
Gamblers Anonymous is a self-help fellowship of men and women who gather to support each other and work through the twelve-step program in order to abstain from gambling and to develop a better way of life. Their website has meeting locations and times, and numbers to contact regional GA members.
Gam-Anon is a self-help fellowship of family members, friends and loved ones that gather to support and assist each other as they deal with the negative effects of problem and compulsive gambling. Their website contains meeting locations and times of Gam-Anon meetings across the Florida.