Problem Gambling

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 compulsive or pathological 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 the inability to cut down or stop 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 a 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 pathological gambler. Take the assessment.

Where can I get help?


  • PA Gambling Addiction 24 Hour Hotline (877) 565-2112
  • Gamblers Anonymous Hotline Number for Northeast Pennsylvania  1-855-222-5542

Support Groups – Twelve Step Meetings

  • Gamblers Anonymous – 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 disorder.
    Reading Gamblers Anonymous Meetings
    Tuesday and Sunday, 8:00 PM
    Christ Unitarian Church, Kutztown & Euclid Road Temple, PA
  • Gam-Anon
    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

Internet Resources

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of National Council on Problem Gambling state affiliate, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers.  2019 is the 15th year for this event. Groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services. Read more about March Madness and Problem Gambling Awareness Month >

What is the Lottery Holiday Campaign?

The Lottery Holiday Campaign encourages parents and loved ones not to give lottery products as holiday gifts to minors. Research shows that the majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use. Read more >

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