Columbia Gambling Disorder Clinic
We offer free outpatient treatment for problem gamblers and their concerned significant others (CSOs). A gambling disorder—also referred to as gambling addiction, compulsive gambling, or pathological gambling—is not limited to casino gambling. Frequent playing of lotteries, sports betting including fantasy sports, dice games, scratch-card games, slot machines, poker and other card games, and roulette, whether online, on phone apps, or in person, may signal a gambling problem. Daily personal involvement in stock markets including cryptocurrencies, and difficulty in being able to reduce or stop trading activity, can also signal problem gambling behavior. Problem gambling affects individuals of any age, gender identity, race or ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Individuals with a gambling disorder are more likely to struggle with substance misuse and are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, medical and legal problems, and are more likely to risk their jobs and personal relationships.