March is Problem Gambling Month

For many, the culmination of the NCAA basketball season is a fun, exciting time. For others, March Madness is another opportunity to engage in an activity that has gone from recreational to addictive. March is Problem Gambling Month, a chance to look at personal gambling habits or those of a loved one and learn about available help

“No judgement, ONLY HOPE” is a theme of Minnesota’s problem gambling program, which recognizes problem gambling as a real and serious addiction. The Department of Human Services website offers:

  • Online assessments for people who worry about their gambling as well as for loved ones who wonder about someone’s gambling behavior.
  • Guidance for having a conversation with someone whose gambling worries you.
  • Contact information about Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon, a support group for family and friends.

Click here to see the recovery journey of one woman, Terra.

State funds are available for treatment services for Minnesota residents who meet the clinical diagnosis for compulsive gambling and demonstrate financial need. State-approved treatment providers can be found at Whether for yourself or others, you can call 1-800-333-HOPE or 1-800-522-4700 (if outside of Minnesota) to get free, confidential information 24/7.