People who have developed compulsive gambling problems suffer the same negative consequences in their life experiences as those who have problems with substance abuse.

Compulsive gambling can wreak havoc on personal finances, the ability to hold a job, personal relations with families and loved ones, and health problems as well. However, like other addictions, compulsive gambling is both preventable and treatable.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has identified compulsive gambling as a serious public health issue. Massachusetts is one of 16 states in the nation that offers public funds for the treatment of compulsive gamblers and their families.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, DPH recommends the following links for those who may have a gambling problem or for family members of compulsive gamblers seeking hope and a way out.


This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.