Find Help

Are you looking to talk to someone who can help?

Since 1987, the Council Helpline has been ready to take your call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We’re here to listen, to offer information and to provide referrals for self-help, treatment providers and other community resources to people experiencing problems with gambling.

Council Helpline services are free and confidential.  Helpline Specialists provide emotional support and referrals for people affected by problems with gambling. The helpline is answered in English, but translators are available in EVERY language.

Call our confidential helpline 24-hours a day 7 days a week at 1-800-426-1234.


Are you wondering if you should attend a Self-Help Meeting?

  • Find a Self-Help meeting near you. There is NO COST to participate or attend a meeting. You do not have to call ahead to attend and are welcome any time.
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and Bettors Anonymous (BA) are self-help meetings based on the same 12-step concept as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Gamblers Anonymous also offers a weekly phone meeting for those who would are unable or prefer not to meet in person. The phone meeting is held every Wednesday night from 9:00 PM– 10:30 PM EST, just call 712-770-4160 and use access code 611704# to access the meeting.
  • Smart Recovery offers face-to-face meetings, online meetings, and online self-help chat.
  • Gam-Anon is a support group specifically for families and loved ones of people experiencing problems with gambling.
  • In The Rooms is the world’s largest online social network for the global recovery community.  It’s for people already in recovery, those seeking immediate help from any addiction, and for the families, friends, and allies of those people.
  • GamTalk is a supportive community helping people with gambling issues share their experience and ideas.  Joining is free, completely anonymous and lets you take part in community discussions, scheduled chat sessions and more.


Are you looking for a Private Practice Clinician?

There is hope – gambling disorder is treatable. The Council maintains a list of Private Practice Clinicians who have earned their Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist (MA PGS) Certificate and can identify and care for people whose lives are affected by a gambling disorder?  Click here to download the full Private Practice List.


Are you looking to find an Outpatient Treatment Center near you?

The Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH, BSAS) contracts with Outpatient Treatment Centers in Massachusetts that are available to all those seeking professional counseling for problem disorders.  Counseling is available to anyone concerned about gambling; those who gamble, their families and/or significant others. Treatment can be received regardless of insurance coverage and translation services are available upon request for all treatment centers.  Click here to download the full Outpatient Treatment Center list.

* In-Patient and Residential Treatment Centers are NOT available in Massachusetts.  Click here to view out of state In-patient and Residential Treatment Centers or check the National Council on Problem Gambling.


Are you interested in receiving information about gambling disorder?

To request information about gambling disorder and next steps toward recovery, contact  Please note that we can only send information to someone who has requested it themselves.  We cannot send information to another individual on your behalf.  If you would prefer the mailing be confidential, please include that in your request.  Additionally, we are happy to provide all information electronically.  Please advise what works best for you.


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“From the beginning, I felt I was in a knowledgeable, nurturing, caring and non-judgmental environment. I felt welcomed and that I was among people who encouraged me to be open and honest about my gambling addiction. The retreat was very beneficial for me, I am in recovery and after this weekend I can honestly say that I will stay this way.”
– Sam