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Problem Gambling Prevention

Consequences of problem gambling can negatively impact both the gambler and their loved ones in emotional, physical and financial ways. Kansas Problem Gambling Prevention and Task Forces across Kansas provide help to problem gamblers, their family members, and others concerned about someone with a gambling problem at no out-of-pocket cost. There are also notable differences between gambling and problem gambling or addiction. Family and friends often feel resentful and isolated, and domestic violence is not uncommon. Fortunately, there are ways to make changes in your life. Through the support of counseling and Gam-Anon®, you can learn to:

  • Not blame yourself for the problem, and instead take responsibility for your own life
  • Distance yourself from the problem behavior
  • Restore normal life routines
  • Confront and cease enabling behaviors
  • Reinforce appropriate actions for recover

If you are affected by someone’s gambling, please call 800-522-4700 for help. Subscribe to stay informed of updates and send your requests and ideas to

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Kansas Problem Gambling Prevention

Kansas currently has several active, regional Problem Gambling Task Forces and a Statewide Coalition on Problem Gambling serving as a great resource and opportunity to get involved or seek help. The State of Kansas offers a toll-free number to call, and connections to treatment providers in your area. Learn more by visiting the Kansas Responsible Gambling Alliance website or the Problem Gambling Task Force in your area:

The National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG ) works as a national advocate to assist people with problem gambling problems, and their families. The NCPG’s mission is, "to lead state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling." Their stated vision is, "to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling."



19.1% of 18-25 year olds in Kansas reported that in the past 12 months they have felt like they would like to stop gambling but didn’t think they could.

(Source: Kansas Young Adult Survey )

  • 14.85% of Kansas youth in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade reported that they gambled for money or something of value within the past year. (KCTC)
  • In the past year, 18.01% of Kansas 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders reported spending real money on games they play on their phone or computer. (KCTC)
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