Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
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In the Toronto Area - Problem Gambling Treatment Service

Most people gamble responsibly and without problems. However, for one to four per cent of the population, gambling takes up too much of their money and time, and hurts their family life, employment, finances, well-being and health.

People from all age groups, income levels and cultural backgrounds can have a problem with gambling.

If you or someone close to you has a gambling problem, we can help.

We can also help if you are concerned about excessive video gaming or internet use, overspending or problematic sexual behaviours.

Who we serve

Our services are available to anyone who has concerns about gambling or other excessive behaviours, in relation to themselves or someone close to them. We also offer education on treatment and prevention of problem gambling and other excessive behaviours to professional, client or other interested groups.

What we offer

The Problem Gambling Service offers:

  • free, confidential services
  • group counselling to address problem gambling, and related issues
  • limited individual counselling
  • counselling for family members, who are welcome to access our services on their own behalf
  • couple and family counselling
  • telephone counselling and consultation
  • services in six languages, and many others by referral
  • client-directed goal-setting.

We focus on:

  • What you need to do NOW to regain control of your life
  • Dealing with the stress and problems created by the problem behaviour
  • Building new coping skills and strategies to limit dependence on the problem behaviour, and to enhance your life and well-being

Our services include:

  • counsellors specializing in the needs of youth, women, diverse ethno-cultural populations and older adults
  • specialized groups geared to different needs and stages in the change process
  • referrals for additional services
  • prevention, education and training on problem gambling for professional, client and other groups.
Treatment for other excessive behaviours
  • A program for those 18 – 25 with problems with video gaming, internet and/or other excessive behaviours, and for their families
  • Help for clients of all ages struggling with excessive video gaming or internet use, overspending or problematic sexual behaviours.
How it works

Please call us directly. No referral is necessary. Our Intake Coordinator will help you connect with a counsellor to discuss your concerns. Some limited evening hours are available, and we may be able to provide some counselling by phone when access in person is difficult. Urgent calls or requests for information are returned within 24 hours.

How to reach us

Phone: 416.599.1322
Toll Free: 1.888.647.4414
Fax: 416.599.1324
E-mail: gambling@camh.net
Website: www.ProblemGambling.ca

Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 AM to 8 PM

Problem Gambling Treatment Service
Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street
3rd floor, north side
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1

Also, limited service available at:

2425 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario
M1K 5G8

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Community Forum
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