A number of different terms have been applied to problem gambling, including “abuse” and “addiction.” Problem gambling is behavior that damages relationships, runs up large debts, and may lead to criminal activity.

People with gambling problems are found in every demographic group. Behaviors that signal problem gambling include a preoccupation with gambling, a need to gamble with increasing amounts of money, and trying to make up losses by additional gambling.

The 2013 National Survey of Problem Gambling was prepared by Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc. to report multi-purpose data to be used in the efforts of assessing the nature and extent of problem gambling treatment and prevention. According to the survey, in 2012, an estimated 2.2% of Montana adults (17,226 citizens) were believed to manifest a gambling disorder. Of that 2.2%, the Montana Council on Problem Gambling reported 1,243 gamblers and 142 significant others received outpatient treatment.

Resources

Help is available in many Montana communities. To find help, call toll free at (888) 552-9076, or call the 24 hour helpline at (888) 900- 9979. See below for additional resources.

Find A Treatment Provider

The Montana Council on Problem Gambling has many providers throughout the state who can provide gambling addiction treatment. Click below to find a provider in your area.

Myths & Facts

Click below to see some of the popular myths and facts about problem gamblers provided by the Montana Council on Problem Gambling.

Twenty Questions

Gambling Anonymous has twenty questions that it asks new members. Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of the questions. Click below to view the questions.

Public Awareness Presentations

One of the goals at the Montana Council on Problem Gambling is to increase awareness of effects of gambling. Click below to see a list of free public awareness presentations offered throughout Montana.

24 Hour Helpline

Free confidential counseling is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a national toll-free number, (888) 900-9979.

News & Events

Click below to view a variety of gambling articles, reports, and news letters provided by the Montana Council on Problem Gambling.