Problem Gambling Awareness Month


March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a month to educate people about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally.

Recognize the signs of problem gambling.  You may have a gambling problem if:

  • You feel the need to be secretive about your gambling.
  • You have trouble controlling your gambling.
  • You  gamble even when you don’t have the money.
  • Family and friends are worried about you.

Take a quiz to find out if your gambling is becoming a problem.

Nicasa is proud to promote National Problem Gambling Awareness month and to offer intervention and counseling services for individuals with gambling issues. Nicasa provides free problem gambling awareness presentations for any interested group, up to 1 hour each, and can be accessed by filling out the presentation request under the “Resources” tab.

Free consultations, either by phone or in-person, are available for anyone concerned about their gambling or that of a loved one, by calling 847-201-8134 or 847-201-8527 or completing our online form.

Nicasa is able to help gamblers who want to go through Illinois’ Self-Exclusion program from the casinos. The following URL gives information on the self-exclusion process: Those wishing to self-exclude with Nicasa’s help, can call 847-546-6450 and ask to speak to Elizabeth Thielen.

Information and resources for problem gamblers, their loved ones, community members, and professionals are available at and

Illinois has a 24-hour hotline for problem gamblers and their loved ones, where they can get information and linkage to support and treatment programs (like Nicasa): 1-800-GAMBLER.

Nicasa staff are also available to provide community presentations about problem gambling.  For more information on problem gambling, please visit our Gambling Addiction Resources page.


Problem Gambling Awareness Month Infographic

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