Gambling Resources Available
Gambling in the State of Oklahoma has changed dramatically over the past years. Today, it is more accessible, more accepted, and more glamorized than ever before. Gambling has become part of Oklahoma’s landscape, culture, and economy with horse tracks, racinos, and casinos.
Oklahoma provides services to adults and adolescents with gambling-related disorders/problems. Gambling disorders include pathological gambling, problem gambling, and relatives or significant others of a person with a gambling problem.
If gambling is causing a problem in your life we encourage you to ask questions, gather information, and conduct research on the type of help that is most appropriate for your situation. This information is intended to be a starting point—it is not a complete list of information or services.
FIND HELP NOW, including counseling, treatment, self-help, and support groups:
NATIONAL PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION ON PROBLEM GAMBLING AND GAMING
OTHER STATE RESOURCES
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in this state, and may also have information on problem gambling.
- For the fact sheet on gambling and problem gambling in Oklahoma, click here.
SELF HELP RESOURCES
- Is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.
Is a 24/7 moderated online peer support forum.
It is important to note that these screens are not a diagnosis and DO NOT replace a face-to-face evaluation with a trained clinical professional.
- The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS). A 3-item survey designed to help people decide on their own whether to seek a formal evaluation of their gambling behavior.
- DSM-5 Addictive Gambling Criteria. The American Psychiatric Association guidelines used for the medical diagnosis of addictive gambling.
- NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Problems. This simple self-test will help you to evaluate your gambling behavior. Just answer 10 questions adapted from the DSM IV criteria.
Take the test here: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/screening-tools/
OTHER TREATMENT RESOURCES
In addition to the resources listed above, there are many additional resources for problem gamblers on the National Council on Problem Gambling site.
- The resources page pulls together information and links about our State Affiliates, U.S. and international resources, awareness promotion, state problem gambling services, financial issues, and much more.
- Celebrate & Inspire– In order to get beyond the statistics and provide a more personal and individual picture of this issue, this section features the stories of individuals who have been affected by problem gambling, including problem gamblers and their family members, friends, colleagues and employers; treatment providers; advocates; and any others.