National Council on Problem Gambling
The NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education. The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
National Center for Responsible Gaming
The NCRG is committed to funding research that someday will identify the risk factors for gambling disorders and determine methods for not only treating the disorder but preventing it. In a field that is just emerging, continued research is critical to the advancement of scientific breakthroughs that will aid in developing tools for prevention and treatment.
GA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Meetings can be open or closed. There are no fees and membership is voluntary and strictly anonymous.
Closed Meetings are only for those individuals with a gambling problem, or those who think they may have a gambling problem, and have a desire to stop gambling.
GA Meetings www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/locations
Open Meetings are open to spouses, family, and friends of the gambler. You are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.
The self-help organization of Gam-Anon is a life saving instrument for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers. We come into the group feeling alone, frightened, helpless, desperate and ashamed. We hesitated to share problems and failures, fearing none could understand. The Gam-Anon group is warmly accepting and it offers the new member identification. The message we receive is: “Come join with us, we too were alone, afraid and unable to cope with the problem; we will share with you a new and fulfilling way of life”. Gam-Anon’s purposes are three-fold: To learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness; to use the program and its problem solving suggestions as aids in rebuilding our lives and, upon our own recovery, to give assistance to those who suffer. There are no fees and membership is strictly anonymous. www.gam-anon.org
Links to Additional Problem Gambling Resources
GamBlock blocks access to all Internet gambling sites on the World Wide Web. Information on this service can be found at: www.gamblock.com
The Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP) of the Indiana Gaming Commission. This program allows individual to exclude themselves from all Indiana casinos for one year, five years or life by signing up for this program. Information about this program is available at: www.in.gov/igc/2331.htm
Many of the Indiana casinos have an exclusion program that allows problem gamblers to exclude themselves from that company’s properties. Additionally, the casinos all have Responsible Gaming Committees to identify and assist problem gamblers.
The Louisiana Council on Compulsive Gambling has a residential treatment program for problem gamblers in Shreveport. Information about this program can be found at: www.helpforgambling.org
Residential treatment for problem gamblers is also available at Project Turnabout/Vanguard in Granite Falls Minnesota. Information about this program can be found at: www.projectturnabout.com.
Algamus Recovery Centers treat problem gamblers exclusively in a residential setting in Arizona. Information can be found at: www.algamus.org