For 24/7 Support, Call the NYS OASAS HOPEline at 1-877-8HOPENY

It is important for those affected by the harms associated with gambling and people close to those with a gambling problem can suffer impacts that include conflicts in relationships,

financial strain, and feelings of anger, fear, shame or worry.

For more information and to get help,

call the NYS OASAS HOPEline anytime at 1-877-846-7369.

For additional resources, please visit https://oasas.ny.gov/gambling or https://oasas.ny.gov/prevention/gambling


Self-Screening Tool

Sometimes, self-screening tools can help people decide if they are ready to reach out for support for problems related to someone’s gambling. The questions below are from the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). 1This tool is based on common signs and consequences of problem gambling. The questions and your answers can help you determine your risk for developing a gambling problem.

As you move through the questions in the tool, think about your current and past gambling behaviors, or the behaviors of a loved one. After you submit your answers, the tool will give you personalized feedback and resources.

*NOTE: This screening tool is completely anonymous. We are not tracking any individual’s answers and will not ask you any personal or identifying information.

  • When you think of the past 12 months, have you bet more than you could really afford to lose?
  • Still thinking about the last 12 months, have you needed to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?
  • When you gambled, did you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?
  • Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?
  • Have you felt that you might have a problem with gambling?
  • Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?
  • Have people criticized your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?
  • Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
  • Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
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1Ferris, J., & Wynne, H. (2001). The Canadian problem gambling index: Final report. Submitted for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

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