Help for Loved Ones

Our trained staff, who themselves have cared for a loved one with gambling issues, are here for you.


One-to-one support for your family is available through an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist. A Family Peer Support Specialist is a spouse, sibling, parent or other loved one of someone with gambling issues and has been trained to help other families. They know about the services in Maryland and in their community, and how to access them.

A Family Peer Support Specialist will listen to your concerns and help you to:

  • Identify available resources and supports
  • Understand how to protect yourself financially
  • Identify assessment and treatment services
  • Connect to others dealing with similar challenges
  • Learn about the continuum of services and supports available for problem gambling

Any loved one can contact an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist to request support. There is no cost for services.

TO CONNECT TO FAMILY PEER SUPPORT IN YOUR COMMUNITY, CALL 410-730-8267, PRESS 1 or reach out via email.

If you or someone you know needs help with Problem Gambling, call the free 24-hour helpline 1-800-GAMBLER to talk, or to receive information on access to free treatment services and recovery supports in Maryland.

Para conectarse con el apoyo familiar en su comunidad, llame al 410-730-8267, presione 2 o correo electrónico

SEE A LISTING OF FAMILY PEER SUPPORT STAFF BY COUNTY.

Family Peer Support is offered through contracts for Family Navigation in some jurisdictions. Meet MCF's funders.

"Thank you so much for calling. So much of this is about my daughter. It was really refreshing today to finally have someone ask me about me."

— Mother

"Our hearts are filled with love knowing there are wonderful people in this world that I have had the privilege to meet through this difficult time [with my daughter]. I am so grateful that you are here for us."

— Caregiver

"Thank you for always being there for me and everything that you do."

— Caregiver