Most Asked Questions
What is problem gambling?
Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The essential features are 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. In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.
How does someone become a pathological or problem gambler?

Anyone who gambles can develop problems if they are not aware of the risks and don’t manage their time and budgets. Problem or pathological gamblers develop an obsession with gambling. The obsession could be precipitated by personal or job related stress.

Where can I get help?

Free, effective and confidential treatment is available throughout Oregon. Call 1-877-MY-Limit (1-877-695-4648) to talk with a trained counselor who can refer you to a nearby treatment provider. Or go to www.opgr.org to chat with a counselor. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How big is the problem?

Based on current Oregon problem and pathological prevalence rates, approximately 2.7% of adult Oregonians could be affected by problem gambling, over 100,000 people.

Isn't problem gambling just a financial problem?
No. Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has financial consequences. If you pay all of a problem gambler’s debts, the person will still be a problem gambler. The real problem is that they have an uncontrollable obsession with gambling.
What kind of people become problem gamblers?

Anyone who gambles can develop problems if they are not aware of the risks and do not gamble responsibly. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace, a serious problem already exists.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm.
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