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Office of Problem Gambling

HELPLINES & SUPPORT GROUPS

Confidential Helplines

California Problem Gambling Helpline
Speak to a live master's level counselor 24/7. If gambling has become a problem for you or for someone you know, please call 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) to seek free, confidential, 24/7 problem gambling assistance.

You can also text “SUPPORT” to 53342 to get more information about problem gambling behavior. Normal text messaging rates apply.

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California Youth Crisis Line 
Legislatively-mandated 24-hour crisis line for youth (ages 12-24) and families in California: Professionally trained peer and adult ally counselors respond with non-judgmental, non-advice crisis intervention counseling and provide local resource referrals with any struggles including runaway and homelessness, thoughts of suicide, teen pregnancy or substance abuse. The California Youth Crisis Line is a free and confidential connection. We listen. 24/7. For more assistance please call: 1-800-843-5200.

Community Support Groups

Gamblers Anonymous (GA), a twelve-step support group for men or women, is a free program dedicated to helping people with a gambling problem.

Sacramento 
Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA) 

Los Angeles/Orange County and Surrounding Area
Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA) 

Palm Springs
Hot-Line # 1-760-325-2808 
              
San Diego/Southern Riverside County 
Hot-Line #1- 877-233-8547 or 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA) 

Gam-Anon is a support system for the spouse, family or close friends of those addicted to gambling. It is free assistance.

Northern California 
Hot-Line # 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA)

Los Angeles/Orange County and Surrounding Area 
Hot-line # 1-818-377-5144* 

San Diego/Southern Riverside County 
Hot-Line #1- 877-233-8547 or 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2-Call-GA) 

*(Spanish speaking meetings)

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