The first step to overcoming a problem gambling disorder is admitting there is a problem and recognizing that it won’t go away without help. If you feel you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, please call 1-800-GAMBLER for help.

Your toll-free call to 1-800-GAMBLER can put you in touch with people—24 hours a day—who understand your situation and can connect you to services including counseling, treatment, self-help and support groups.

Online Chat is also now available for individuals experiencing a gambling problem or for anyone impacted by by another’s gambling problem. Chat is another way for problem gamblers or others affected by the gambler’s problem to access help and find resources to cope with the gambling problem. It is an alternative to the Helpline for those who may initially feel uncomfortable talking on the phone with someone. To access chat services go to and click on the “Chat” button on the home page.

Maryland residents are eligible for free problem gambling assessment and treatment through the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (667-214-2120;