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.
BSAS Gambling-Free Policy Guidelines
BSAS has released a draft of the new BSAS Gambling-Free Policy Guidelines for comment. Please print out the attached survey to provide feedback to the Bureau.
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.