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.
For more help with a gambling problem, or for more information, you are encouraged to contact one or more of these resources:
24-HOUR CONFIDENTIAL HELPLINE: 1-800-522-4700
The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC) is the local affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. The mission of PGCC is to increase awareness, advocate treatment and promote research and education on problem gambling.
The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC), in partnership with the Colorado Gaming Association, offers a voluntary self-exclusion program. This program allows persons to be removed from casino marketing lists, cancel slot club memberships, and cancel any check-cashing privileges at casinos in Colorado. If you would like to self-exclude from Colorado casinos, you may download a self-exclusion form from the PGCC website.
For more information, contact the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado at 303-662-0772, or visit the PGCC website to learn more about the Self Exclusion Program.
Gamblers Anonymous(GA) has many established groups in Colorado, with meeting locations in at least these cities: Arvada, Aurora, Cortez, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Lakewood, Littleton, and Longmont. For more information, contact GA in Colorado at 303-754-7119.
Gam-Anon is a help and support group for family members of those with gambling problems.
Here are some additional web sites which may be of interest to those who want to know more:
In 1997, the Colorado Department of Revenue commissioned a gambling prevalence study to determine the level of gambling and problem gambling among the Colorado population. The study was performed by Rachel A. Volberg, Ph.D. of Gemini Research.