Available Resources for Support
If gambling becomes a problem for you or someone you know, there are many resources that can be accessed for support and information. There are also many self-assessment tools available online or through Addiction Services which can help you assess your gambling behaviour.
Provincial Helplines- Each Atlantic Canadian province provides support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing problems with their gambling activities through a free, confidential helpline.
- 1-800-461-1234 in New Brunswick
- 1-888-899-HELP (4357) in Newfoundland & Labrador
- 1-888-347-8888 in Nova Scotia TTY access through 711
- 1-855-255-4255 in Prince Edward Island
Here are some links to other websites with valuable information on problem gambling:
- New Brunswick Department of Health and Wellness
New Brunswick Addiction Services provides information to problem gamblers, their families, and the community on the subject of problem gambling, recovery, self-assessment and information on the 1-800 helpline.
- Newfoundland and Labrador - Health and Community Services: Addictions Services
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Addictions Services provides assessment, education and treatment services for clients with gambling problems as well as their family members. Telephone numbers for Addictions Services offices throughout the province are also available at this website.
- Gambling Support Network (Nova Scotia)
The Gambling Support Network provides online and phone support for Nova Scotians and their families who may have gambling-related concerns. The network’s services are provided by trained professionals who help clients achieve their goals around their gambling habits. The services are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Yourbestbet (Nova Scotia)
Yourbestbet is a responsible gambling website provided by the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (gamingns.ca). Yourbestbet.ca provides information to help gamblers make informed decisions about their play. Yourbestbet also offers links to various community outreach support initiatives such as Gambling Support Network.
- Addiction Services Offices (Nova Scotia)
In-person counselling is available for Nova Scotians with gambling-related concerns through Health and Wellness' Addiction Services offices around the province.
- Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Social Services
Prince Edward Island 's Addiction Services provides assessment education and treatment services for clients with gambling problems.
- Gamblers Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is an anonymous fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to help themselves and others recover from gambling.
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help organization for those affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. No dues or fees are required.
- Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling
The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling provides information and resources to help prevent problem gambling.
- Responsible Gambling Council
The Responsible Gambling Council works with individuals and communities to address gambling in a healthy and responsible way. The Council undertakes research and public awareness programs designed to prevent gambling-related problems.
- GamTalk Forum
GamTalk is an online forum for anyone who wants to discuss gambling issues, concerns about the gambling behaviour of a friend or loved one, or advice on ways to keep gambling responsible. Developed by Dr. Richard Wood, a psychologist who specializes in responsible gambling initiatives, GamTalk will create a support network for players at all levels of the risk continuum.
GamTalk also features ‘Stories of Hope’: personal stories from across Canada and the world that detail how problem gamblers beat their problem. Many people with gambling problems feel very alone. Finding out that others have successfully dealt with a gambling problem can be the boost needed to begin the road to recovery and the stories provide practical ideas and strategies that have worked for these individuals.
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
An online community supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This website contains information about problem gambling for individuals concerned about their own, or someone else's gambling. ProblemGambling.ca also provides an online space for professionals to exchange knowledge and resources about problem gambling.