Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition, but with treatment, problem gamblers can put the game in perspective and make decisions to improve their lives. Healthy Aroostook has partnered with the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services to help individuals who think they have a problem with gambling.
Buying lottery tickets or joining an office pool can lead to problems just as easily as playing slot machines at a casino. Other common forms of gambling include bingo, card games, horse or dog racing, sports betting, gambling online or any game of chance where money or an item of value is exchanged as an outcome. Gambling can be fun and entertaining, but for some people it can become a problem.
Help is available.
If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the confidential helpline: 2-1-1 (Maine only) for information and resources. 2-1-1 Maine is a toll free hotline connecting callers to trained specialists answering health and human services questions.
Maine Self-Exclusion Program
A person concerned about their gambling habits may have trouble resisting the attractions inside a casino that can trigger the desire to gamble. Self-exclusion keeps a person from entering into a casino, which may reduce the temptation to gamble.
It is an action a person can take to ban themselves from entering all casinos in Maine for a specific period of time. A person can choose to ban themselves for a period of 1, 3, 5 years, or for a lifetime.
To sign yourself up for the list, visit the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP)
771 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
For more information on the Maine Self-Exclusion Program, visit the website.
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