- Gambling more frequently or for longer than intended
- Lying about where money goes
- Declining work or school performance
- Borrowing money in order to gamble
- Increasing preoccupation with gambling
- Distancing or isolating from family or friends
- Unable to pay bills or cover expenses
- Chasing losses, or returning the next day to win back what was lost
- Committing (or considering) a crime to finance gambling
- Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control or stop gambling
Recognize these signs?
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Want to have a conversation with someone you care about? Here are some tips
If you think someone you know has a gambling problem, it can be difficult and uncomfortable considering how to talk to him or her about it. Knowing how to start can help you find the courage to have the conversation.
First, choose a comfortable place where you feel safe and will not be interrupted.
Keep it simple and straightforward. Tell the person you care about them and you are concerned about how they are acting.
Tell the person exactly what they’ve done that concerns you.
Tell the person how their behavior is affecting other people – be specific.
Be clear about what you expect from them:
“I want to talk to someone about your gambling”
And what they can expect from you:
“I won’t cover for you anymore.”
Now that you know the steps, you can talk with someone in your life who may have a gambling problem.
If you need help, call
Take care of yourself
If someone’s gambling problem has left its mark on you, it is important for you to take care of yourself. Even if the person who has the problem is not yet ready or willing to get help, it may still be beneficial for you to talk to someone. You can call the Oregon Problem Gambling Helpline and speak to a certified gambling counselor. All information shared is confidential and this service is FREE to Oregon residents. Call 1-877-695-4648 (MY-LIMIT), text 503-713-6000, or chat live with us.
What to expect
When you call, a certified gambling addiction counselor will listen, educate, answer questions, and refer you to a free and confidential treatment services.
There are approximately 46 providers throughout the state of Oregon providing FREE, state-funded, confidential gambling treatment to Oregon residents and their families or friends. All counselors are trained and certified in gambling addiction.
The Oregon Problem Gambling Helpline was established in 2001 to effectively connect Oregonians to resources and help for gambling related issues. Trained professional staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen, answer questions, and refer people to free confidential counseling.
If you or someone you care about wants to make a change to their gambling, you can call the Helpline and speak to a certified counselor who understands. Whether you just want to chat, get more information, or be referred for counseling, you’ll be connected to the resources that are right for you.
Call the Helpline 1-877-695-4648 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or text 503-713-6000 between the hours of 8am and 9pm M-F. To speak to someone in Spanish, please call us at 1-844-888-2537. All information shared is confidential and this service is FREE to Oregon residents.