THE COUNCIL ON COMPULSIVE GAMBLING
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ (Council) is a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose primary purpose is to represent the best interest of disordered gamblers and their families, recognizing that problem or disordered gambling is a treatable illness. One of the focuses that the Council maintains is referring those struggling with this addiction and their families in treatment, and advocating for increased services for those struggling and their families. Treatment can come in many forms. First, the Council in partnership with the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), offers a voluntary self-exclusion option. This option allows for the individual to be removed from casino marketing lists as well as banning play either online or in person making this a very useful tool. More information on this can be found on the DGE’s website. Another option available to residents of New Jersey is the ability to be referred to a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counsellor for one-on-one sessions. Additionally, for situations that are more severe, an individual may be referred to an in-patient facility located within the state. These services are located throughout New Jersey with the single goal of providing hope and help to gamblers struggling with an addiction to this insidious and baffling disease. More information is available by calling their helpline at 800-GAMBLER and asking for a list of treatment providers.
The Council continually provides up to date information and resources on its website, www.800gambler.org. The Council works to continually create awareness among the general public as well as providing Support, Treatment, and Hope for problem gamblers. To this end, brochures and fact sheets are maintained covering topics such as senior, teen, or adolescent gambling, domestic violence, self-exclusion and problem gambling in the military to name a handful. They feel it is important for the various demographics to find information specific to them to help get the conversation started and to let them know they are not alone in battling this addiction. More information can be found by calling their confidential helpline at 800-GAMBLER or by visiting them on the web at www.800gambler.org.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
These are some of the links provided on their website which you can access below.