Poker or blackjack, video gaming to sports betting, and of course the dream everyone has, winning the lottery. Gambling and gaming addiction can take control of your life just as easily as a chemical addiction. It can change your life and lead you down a destructive path of loss, sadness, and frustration. This page will provide you with programs and services to help you understand this addiction, how to fight it, and how to win. They offer support for you and your addictions whether they are in the online world or off.
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS): Problem Gambling Services (PGS) is a comprehensive network of consumer-oriented problem gambling recovery services for people of Connecticut and to foster an environment throughout the State that promotes informed choices around gambling behavior.
Location: Hartford, CT / Statewide Services
Bettor Choice Programs are gambling-specific treatment programs funded by the State of Connecticut. Services are offered at more than 16 locations in Connecticut through community agencies. Most programs offer a variety of outpatient services including: individual, group, peer recovery support, medication, and budget counseling for both problem gamblers and those affected. Services are provided at little to no cost.
Call: 860-344-2244 for the nearest program.
Community Renewal Team – Asian Family Services: offers counseling and support services to individuals and families from many cultures. We can help clients deal with issues such as unhealthy relationships, poor anger management, compulsive gambling and substance abuse.
- Individual and family therapy
- Medication management
- Court-mandated services including mental health and substance abuse evaluation
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is a non-profit organization focused on preventing problem gambling and helping those who may be struggling from disordered gambling as well as persons affected.
Connecticut Renaissance has provided quality substance abuse and mental health treatment to men, women, and adolescents throughout the state of Connecticut. Through programs run by a compassionate, committed, results-oriented team of counselors, therapists and administrators, Renaissance has earned the reputation as a leader in Evidence-Based Treatment practices, and continues to break new ground in the areas of positive outcomes, outreach, research, and community involvement.
Locations: Several addresses are listed for this organization, since they offer a wide range of services it stands to reason that not all locations offer the same services. Please see their Facilities Page for more information.
The Connection, Inc. has been one of Connecticut’s leading private, nonprofit human service and community development agencies. Each month thousands people throughout Connecticut are assisted by The Connection’s diverse behavioral health, family support and community justice programs. These programs reunite families, break the generational cycles of abuse and neglect, create safer, healthier communities and assist with mental illness and addiction issues. Our staff of 600, spread across offices throughout Connecticut, work to provide you with services when you need them most.
Locations: Middletown, New Haven & Norwich, CT
CT Problem Gambling Helplines: The Problem Gambling Helplines are toll-free services offering confidential assistance 24 hours a day. The Helplines can answer questions and provide referrals to clinicians across the state with expertise in problem gambling; they also offer referrals to Gamblers’ Anonymous or Gam-Anon meetings.
1-888-789-7777 or 1-800-346-6238
Gam-Anon® serving the community of international meetings of the Gam-Anon Family Groups. Gam-Anon has created this website to provide information for the general public and professional community about problem (compulsive) gambling and its financial and emotional effects on the gamblers’ families and loved ones.
Connecticut Hotline – 855-222-5542
Meetings in Bethe, Enfield, Middletown, & Milford, CT
GamTalk: This is a self help online community of supportive people helping others with gambling issues. Our chat rooms are safe spaces for you to engage in real time chat with other members of the GamTalk community.
Location: Statewide / Online Resource
Gamblers Anonymous: 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. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership.
Connecticut Hotline Number: 855-2CALLGA (855-222-5542)
MCCA, Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc. is the primary provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in the greater Danbury area. MCCA has dedicated resources to treat those suffering from problem gambling with the Bettor Choice Gambling Program. This is an outpatient gambling specific treatment program funded by the State of Connecticut.
Locations: Danbury, New Milford, Torrington & Waterbury, CT
Positive Directions was established in 1971 in Westport, CT as a volunteer effort by recovering alcoholics to support recovery and bring awareness and prevention into school and community programs. The Agency’s mission is to support individuals, families, and communities by providing treatment for mental health and addictive behaviors and prevention programs that build resiliency and life skills in adolescents, adults and families.
Location: Westport, CT
United Community & Family Services: Outpatient Behavioral Health Services provide a wide range of services including individual, couple, family, and group therapy. In conjunction with therapy services we also offer psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our Bettor Choice Program offers counseling for gamblers and those affected by gambling (i.e., spouse, family members and significant others).
Better Choice: Norwich & New London, CT
Addiction Services: Griswold, Norwich & Plainfield, CT
Mental Health Services: Colechester, Griswold, New Lonfon, Norwich & Plainfield, CT
Wheeler Clinic: Our caring, professional team works closely with you to address a broad array of challenges, including addiction, depression, anxiety, marital difficulties and serious mental illness. We also provide support for special needs, including anger management, substance use treatment, gambling addiction and more. Walk-in behavioral health services are available. Not all services may be abailable in all locations.
Locations: Bristol, Enfield, Falls Village, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainville, Southbury & Waterbury, CT