For more help with a gambling problem, or for more information, you are encouraged to contact one or more of these resources:
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The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC) is the local affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. The mission of PGCC is to increase awareness, advocate treatment and promote research and education on problem gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous has many established groups in Colorado, with meeting locations in at least these cities: Arvada, Aurora, Cortez, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Lakewood, Littleton, and Longmont. For more information, contact GA in Colorado at 303-754-7119
Gam-Anon is a similar to Gambler's Anonymous, but is a help and support group for family members of those with gambling problems.
Debtors Anonymous and Debt-Anon Family Groups is another web site of interest to those who want to know more.
In 1997, the Colorado Department of Revenue commissioned a gambling prevalence study to determine the level of gambling and problem gambling among the Colorado population. The study was performed by Rachel A. Volberg, Ph.D. of Gemini Research.
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
For more information visit the National Council of Problem Gambling web site.
Do you, or a close friend or family member, have a problem with gambling? Take a few moments to answer these questions. If you or someone you know answers "Yes" to any of these 10 questions, consider seeking assistance from a professional regarding this gambling behavior.