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Ever Found Yourself Trying to Cut down or Control Your Gambling?

Have you ever found yourself trying to cut down or control your gambling? Have you ever lied about how much time and money you have spent on gambling? Do you spend a great deal of time throughout the day thinking about gambling and the next opportunity to gamble? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk for problem gambling. 

Problem gambling is the urge to gamble regardless of the harmful negative consequences, or a desire to stop gambling. Problem gambling is not just about losing money, it can affect all aspects of life including your career, school or social activities, as well as your mental and physical health.

If you are experiencing the negative effects of problem gambling, you are not alone, there is hope. Over one million Californians suffer from the negative effects of problem gambling. You do not have to suffer alone; there is NO-COST, confidential help available through a program called California Gambling Education Treatment Services (CalGETS). 

CalGETS offers a variety of treatment services to meet your needs, and is provided in many different languages (including English, Spanish and Chinese). CalGETS is also available to your loved ones (18+) who may be affected by the consequences of problem gambling. 

Imagine a life without problem gambling, a life that does not include worrying about the debt, stress and anxiety caused by problem gambling. CalGETS clients report an increase in life satisfaction, reduced depression levels, and a decreased urge to gamble after treatment. CalGETS services can help you to stop gambling from controlling your life. TREATMENT WORKS, when you are ready to take the first step, we are here.  

Accessing CalGETS is simple. Call 1-800-GAMBLER or text “SUPPORT” to 53342, or chat at 800gambler.chat.

Take a quick assessment to help determine if gambling has become a problem for you.
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