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Problem Gambling       

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem Gambling or Disordered Gambling (Gambling Addiction) is defined as...

"all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits."

Symptoms may include:

  • increasing preoccupation with gambling,

  • a need to bet more money more frequently,

  • restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, 

  • loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences,

  • in extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.

Know the Signs

of Problem Gambling

Most people who gamble do so with no harmful effects. They set limits and stick to them, and know that gambling is a form of entertainment, not a way to make money. However, for some individuals, gambling can become more than a game and can lead to serious consequences for both themselves and their loved ones.

Here are some of the most common warning signs and behaviors that indicate a potential gambling problem:

  • Gambling to escape worry or trouble

  • Gambling to get money to solve financial difficulties

  • Unable to stop playing regardless of winning or losing

  • Gambling until the last dollar is gone

  • Losing time from work due to gambling

  • Borrowing money to pay gambling debts

  • Neglecting family because of gambling

  • Lying about time and money spent gambling

Colorado Resources

Colorado Problem Gambling Center

The Problem Gambling Center provides a welcoming and safe environment to problem gamblers and their support network. We offer a wide variety of no-cost resources to help individuals quit gambling and assist in their recovery. The Center is open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 6pm.

7585 W. Arkansas Ave (Ste 202)

Lakewood, CO 80232

 (303) 955-4682

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery offers mutual support meetings that are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery. Weekly meetings are hosted at the Problem Gambling Center on Saturdays at 10am-11am (for Problem Gamblers) and 12pm-1pm (for Family & Friends). Use the link below to learn more about the program and to find additional meetings both in-person and online.

Colorado Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program

The Colorado Division of Gaming operates a Self-Exclusion Program that allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from various forms of gaming within the state.

Gamblers Anonymous

The Colorado Intergroup of Gamblers Anonymous site includes information on meetings in the state, plus literature and information on upcoming events. 

Recovery Road Online

An online recovery program with no dues or fees, conducting 12-Step meetings, providing nearly instantaneous connections with other problem gamblers, and offering many original resources for help in quitting gambling and living in recovery. 

Gam Talk

An online support community for anyone struggling with gambling issues. 

Gamblers in Recovery

An international noticeboard for people seeking recovery from a gambling problem.

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