What is problem gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term “problem gambling” includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as “pathological”, or “compulsive” gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
*From the National Council on Problem Gambling
Do I have a problem with gambling?
Gamblers Anonymous offers the following questions to anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if they are compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling. Take the assessment.
Do I know someone with a gambling problem?
Gam-Anon offers the following 20-questions guide to determine if someone could be a compulsive or problem gambler. Take the assessment.
Where can I get help?
PA Gambling Addiction 24 Hour Hotline
Gamblers Anonymous Hotline Number for Northeast Pennsylvania
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Reading Gamblers Anonymous Meetings
Tuesday and Sunday, 8:00 PM
Christ Unitarian Church, Kutztown & Euclid Road Temple, PA
A 12-step, self help program for the family members, friends and loved ones of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by the gambling problem.
Reading Gam-Anon Meetings
Tuesday, 8:00 PM
Christ Unitarian Church – classroom floor 1
Kutztown & Euclid Road Temple, PA
Resources and Links (alphabetical order)
- eGambling: The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues (EJGI)
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous Complete List of Hotlines
- McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
- National Center for Responsible Gaming
- National Council on Problem Gambling
- National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC)
- National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
- Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling
- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs
- Pennsylvania Problem Gambling
- Wanna Bet?