The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico does not provide treatment directly. Our organization funds a 24/7 problem gambling helpline, 888-696-2440, and the Compulsive Gambler Treatment Fund, which provides free early intervention treatment services available to all New Mexico residents, regardless of financial need. This creates a source of funding for treatment of compulsive gamblers and works to ensure that all treatment providers are qualified to deliver services to this population.
We also work to develop additional problem gambling counselors across New Mexico, particularly in rural areas.
Resources for Help
Please download and share these useful brochures from The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico:
Trained therapists and addiction counselors can help the gambler understand the addiction and develop new coping skills to deal with the stress of everyday living. We encourage you to reach out to one of these resources available for compulsive gamblers and their families.
Problem Gambling Treatment Clinic
Located at The Evolution Group, Inc.
218 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 242-6988 ext. 129
The Evolution Group is an Albuquerque counseling firm with an evidence-based treatment approach to addictive disorders, gambling problems, mental health issues, substance dependence, sexual addiction, couple/marital issues, teen issues, teen anger and family issues, and adult anger problems, and the multiple co-occurring disorders (such as anxiety, depression, or trauma) that often go with these issues. Bringing such issues into balance achieves a return to personal integrity (soundness).
A 12-step support group for the spouse, family and friends of the problem gambler. For information or to find meetings in New Mexico, visit www.gam-anon.org.
A 12-step support group for the problem gambler. Through GA, support and suggestions are available to stop gambling and live healthy, happy lives. Visit www.gamblersanonymous.org, click on Meeting Directory to find chapters in New Mexico. Their Albuquerque contact number is (505) 260-7272.
In addition, GA offers a completely anonymous Monday evening teleconference, helpful to those in rural areas and cities. The call is one hour long, and held Mondays at 7pm Mountain time. Call (515) 739-1015; when prompted, enter this access code: 613-940-502#.
NM Council on Problem Gambling:
Call 1-800-572-1142 for 24-hour a day help. All calls are confidential. You can receive free information, referrals to treatment providers and free early intervention treatment services, and contacts for the nearest Gamblers Anonymous meetings, visit www.nmcpg.org.
Other local resources may be available in your community. To find a local counselor, look in the phone directory under Addictions: Gambling or search online for terms such as problem gambling counselor, gambling addiction treatment, or gambling addiction counsling.
Self-Exclusion Ban: A patron to a casino can request to voluntarily self-exclude or ban himself or herself access to that property by completing a “Self-Ban Request” form available at each casino. Each casino has different regulations on self-banning. Contact the information desk at each casino in your area or call for more details. A statewide ban may be filled out through the New Mexico Gaming Control Board.
Gambling Help Line
There Is Hope
“If you are dealing with addiction issues, if you’re dealing with gambling issues, I want to let you know that there is hope. First of all there are people, programs, resources that will allow you to share what you are dealing with; what you are going through. There are so many resources. Try them all and find something that works.”
~ JJ Otero
Warning Signs Of A Problem
Use these 10 questions to ask yourself if you might have a gambling problem:
- Lose time from work or family due to gambling?
- Gamble longer than you had planned?
- Gamble to escape worry or trouble?
- Have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Borrow money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
- Neglect the welfare of yourself or your family due to gambling?
- Gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties?
- Make promises to yourself or others to stop gambling, only to return to gamble again?
- Sell or pawn personal possessions to get money to gamble?
- Gamble money that should be used for household bills (car payment, mortgage, utilities)?
Responsible Gambling Tips
Remember to follow these tips in order to be safe when gambling:
- Gambling is paid entertainment that you are paying for, so treat the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment
- Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money
- Set a money limit
- Set a time limit & take regular breaks
- Only bring the cash you are willing to lose and leave ATM and credit cards at home
- Don’t leave credit cards or ATM cards in the car
- Expect to lose
- Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset
- Balance gambling with other activities
- Gambling and alcohol are proven to not be a good combination
- Don’t chase losses
- Avoid becoming too superstitious
- Never fall for the gambler’s fallacy
- Learn the rules and odds of the games
- Educate yourself about problem gambling
- Don’t play with money you don’t have
- Don’t use your credit card to gamble
- Don’t increase your betting to make up for money you lost
- Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with stress, loneliness, or depression
- Never gamble with important money such as rent money
- If you are thinking about gambling all day long, get help
- If you are lying to others about your gambling, get help
- Never borrow money from others just to gamble
- Do not gamble to escape your problems or to ignore your responsibilities
- Gambling to pay off a gambling debt does not work
- It’s a sign of a problem if you are quitting your job or favorite hobbies to gamble