Gambling can be defined as playing a game of chance for stakes. Gambling occurs in many forms, most commonly pari-mutuels (horse and dog tracks, off-track-betting parlors, Jai Alai), lotteries, casinos (slot machines, table games), bookmaking (sports books and horse books), card rooms, bingo and the stock market.
Pathological gambling is a progressive disease that devastates not only the gambler but everyone with whom he or she has a significant relationship. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association accepted pathological gambling as a "disorder of impulse control." It is an illness that is chronic and progressive, but it can be diagnosed and treated.
Sites listed here will be for organizations offering help to problem gamblers. There are different subcategories for treatment agencies and support groups.
This category is for public or private organizations offering help to problem gamblers. These may be run by local councils, non-profit agencies, or state/national governments, and many of them offer telephone helplines.
Sites listed here will be for organizations offering help to problem gamblers. There are different subcategories for treatment agencies and support groups.
This subcategory contains sites that mainly focus on research and/or the publication of research findings related to pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or problem gambling.
The research work and/or findings should be conducted by a commission, university or other institution. The information contained within the site should be of interest to health care workers, educators, researchers and others dealing with gambling issues.
For groups, communities, or meeting places which provide an opportunity for people with a common experience of pathological gambling (in themselves or others), to share their concerns, and to seek and offer information and advice.
Sites listed here will represent support networks with a physical address and/or a web presence. Those with a physical address may also be submitted to the relevant Regional subcategory.
This subcategory contains sites that mainly focus on providing professional counseling and treatment services to pathological gamblers. These organizations are usually staffed with psychiatrists, psychologists and those who specialize as gambling counselors.
Do not submit sites that mainly focus on providing toll-free helpline services, information about gambling problems, and referrals to professional treatment centers to this subcategory.