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Problem Gambling

Overview

Oregon has a long history of addressing the risks associated with gambling through research, prevention and education, responsible gambling guidelines, treatment, strong partnerships and collaborations. Oregon uses the public health approach that combines prevention, harm reduction and multiple levels of treatment focusing on quality of life issues for individuals with problems with gambling, their families and communities.

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).

One percent of Oregon Lottery revenues fund problem gambling services. The Oregon Health Authority administers the funds that provides approximately $7.5 million annually for prevention and treatment programs and services within each county.

Oregon’s Approach to Problem Gambling

Oregon is a national leader in preventing and treating gambling related problems, promoting informed and balanced attitudes and protecting vulnerable groups. These goals are accomplished by promoting healthy public policy, developing collaborative relationships among various stakeholder groups and providing local governments with funds to develop strategies like those used in other behavioral health systems.  Oregon's approach to problem gambling:

  • Utilizes the 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

Oregon provides prevention, outreach, early intervention, treatment and recovery services across the continuum of care at NO COST to the individual with a problem with gambling, and family members or significant persons impacted by the gambling.

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, significant others, and colleagues).

Problem Gambling Helpline

Help is free, confidential, and it works.

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