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Problem Gambling

Overview

In Oregon, it is estimated 2.6 percent of the adult population experience moderate or serious problems with gambling. For each person with a serious problem, many others are affected (e.g., spouse, children).

Oregon’s approach to problem gambling:

  • Is a public health model that takes into consideration biological, behavioral, economic, cultural and policy elements influencing gambling and health;
  • Combines prevention, harm reduction and multiple levels of treatment focusing on quality of life issues for gamblers, their families, and communities;
  • Appreciates the multiple dimensions of gambling; and
  • Combines strategies that minimize gambling's negative impacts while recognizing the reality of gambling's availability, cultural acceptance, and economic appeal.

Help and treatment

Publicly funded treatment and counseling services are available free to any Oregon resident who has problems related to gambling, either as:

  • An individual with a gambling problem, or
  • A concerned other (people whose lives have been affected by someone else's gambling problem, such as family, friends, significan others, and colleagues).

Problem Gambling Helpline

Help is free, confidential, and it works.

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