Gambling Disorders Clinic
The Columbia Gambling Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, funded by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) helps people with gambling addiction free of charge. The New York Council on Problem Gambling reported that problem gambling calls to their Helpline increased 28% from 2003 to 2005. The highest numbers of calls to the center come from downstate urban areas, while calls from upstate rural areas are increasing rapidly every year. New Yorkers gamble at casinos, on internet poker, on the New York State Lottery (including new Video Lottery Terminals), and on sporting events. Our website is devoted to education about gambling problems, and provides information on how to get free treatment for gambling addiction at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Visitors can take an online Self-Assessment that helps determine the severity of their gambling problem. The site also provides information for teens with gambling problems.