Nearly half a million Texans suffer from problem gambling. Half a million. That number is sure to rise if and when sports betting becomes legal in-state, since Texas is one of the sports hubs of the nation. And the chances are it’s coming, since Caesar’s Sportsbook commercials aired in Texas during the most recent Super Bowl.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Lone Star 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.
UTexas at Austin CMHC
The University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) offers a helpline for residents to receive support for problem/compulsive gambling. Call Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, at 512-471-3515 for free and confidential info on how to best address your gambling issue. Click here to visit the CMHC gambling-specific webpage, which is loaded with resources.
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.