Per a study performed by UMass, around 2% of Massachusetts adults suffer from problem gambling. While the percentage seems low, it represents more than 137,000 individual residents who gamble compulsively. Calls to the state’s helpline for problem gambling have skyrocketed since 2012 when MA received three new resort casinos.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Bay State. It’s an issue nationwide. Nine out of ten Americans have gambled at least once, and 6 out of 10 Americans gamble at least once a year. Around 6% of us report having gambling issues, and around 1% of us report a severe gambling addiction. One percent of the American population is over 3.3 million people. Fortunately, there’s help available to you, at no cost. Let us help you stop problem gambling today.
Gambling Addiction Hotline
This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7 for anyone in the US to call and receive guidance and resources on problem gambling. Call 844-779-2637 to be connected with a specialist, or click here to visit the hotline’s website which offers more information and multiple external links. The hotline provides support for all forms of addiction and/or crisis. Call today.
The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health (MACGH) sponsors The GamLine, a 24/7 free and confidential helpline for residents who suffer from problem gambling. Call 800-426-1234 or click here to visit the MACGH website, which has plenty of resources and info.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has existed to help problem gamblers for fifty years now. It offers a 24/7 helpline for anyone suffering from gambling addiction. Call or text 1-800-522-4700 to reach a specialist, or click here to visit the website which offers a chat feature.