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Problem Gambling Resources

Vermont Gambling helpline: 1-800-522-4700 - Immediate support and referral for in-state therapeutic resources available 24/7.

Large Blue Ribbon: March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. For additional resources you can call, 1-800-GAMBLER; text 800-GAM, or chat at 1800gamblerchat.org

How do I know if I have a gambling problem? 

Gambling becomes a problem when it negatively impacts any area of your life. It doesn't matter how much you've lost or won. You may have a gambling problem if you have become preoccupied with gambling and continue to engage in gambling behavior even though it negatively impacts your life. Like any addiction, a gambling problem can cause disruptions to your well-being, job, and relationships. If this sounds like you or someone you know, you're not alone. Support is available. 

Some warning signs of a gambling problem are:   

  • Thinking about gambling all the time.  
  • Feeling the need to bet more money and more often.  
  • Going back to try to win your money back (“chasing losses”).  
  • Feeling restless or irritable when trying to stop or cut down.  
  • Feeling like you can’t control yourself.  
  • Gambling despite negative consequences.   
  • In extreme cases, problem gambling can cause bankruptcy, legal problems, losing your job or your family, and thinking about suicide.  

Additional Resources for Problem Gambling

The National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER

The 1-800-GAMBLER Helpline exists to efficiently connect people anywhere in the United States to problem gambling help, resources, and referrals. You can make a call, send a text to 800-GAM, or live online chat available 24/7/365. 

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Voluntary Self-Exclusion  

Self-exclusion allows a person to request to be excluded from legalized mobile sports wagering and fantasy sports activities in Vermont. For more information on voluntary self-exclusion visit: Exclusion List | Department of Liquor and Lottery (vermont.gov) 

Tips for the Exclusion List Sign-Up Process: 

  • Please have access to your email and your cell phone, to receive a one-time authentication code. 
  • Please have ready a picture ID, as you will be asked to provide a Selfie and a picture of a photo ID. (Driver’s License, Passport, any ID that includes both your name and a photo.) 
  • Please provide clear photos, in which your name and the photo are visible. 
  • Please have available your Social Security number and Official Identification number. We accept Driver's License numbers, Passport numbers or State Identification numbers as official identifications. 
  • If you are unable to provide these items to register, see below for a link to assistance. 

Sign up for the self-exclusion list. 

Communities of Support 

In-person and virtual meetings can offer guidance and support from people experiencing similar challenges. There are supports for individuals struggling with problem gambling and others for loved ones. 

 

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