Problem Gambling

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Our Services for Families Coping With Problem Gambling

Problem gambling can happen to anyone. For some people, what starts out as a fun pastime can turn into an unhealthy obsession that causes serious problems for the entire family.

When someone you love has a gambling problem, it can strain family relationships, interfere with work and lead to financial problems. You may feel worried, alone, ashamed, and unsure what to do. Maryland Coalition of Families provides safe, confidential support without judgment. Our staff have personal expertise dealing with gambling issues in their own families, and they use that experience to help others in this situation.

We can help you:

  • Find a professional therapist or counselor who specializes in problem gambling
  • Access recovery resources for your loved one (peer support, Gamblers Anonymous)
  • Find financial advisors who can help with credit card debt, foreclosures and other financial issues
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself and your loved one
  • Connect with others who are going through the same challenges
  • Learn the importance of taking care of yourself and ways to manage stress

All our services are confidential and free to families regardless of income or insurance. To submit a request for services, click on the Request Services Now button at the top right of this page. If you have questions or want more information, please email us at [email protected] or call 410-730-8267.

Things to know about gambling addiction and problem gambling:

  • Problem gambling, also called pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, can impact people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • People can have a problem gambling challenge and never go into a casino – instead they gamble with scratch-off cards, lottery tickets, Bingo, sports betting or online gaming.
  • Problem gambling is often associated with other behavior and mood disorders. Many people with a gambling problem also struggle with substance use issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.

Resources for More Information

Please contact Nicole Ukoumunne at for information about support groups.

University of Maryland Center for Excellence on Problem Gambling promotes healthy and informed choices regarding gambling and problem gambling though public awareness, and training.