The 1-800-BETS OFF (1-800-238-7633) helpline is sponsored by the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program and funded by a State of Iowa general appropriation to the Iowa Department of Public Health's Iowa Gambling Treatment Program. It is a resource for Iowans struggling with or effected by problem gambling.
The www.1800BETSOFF.org website offers valuable information, such as how to spot the warning signs of problem gambling and where to turn for help. Live outside of Iowa? Call 1-800-522-4700.
The www.1800BETSOFF.org website also has helpful brochures on its Resources page: 1800betsoff.org/resources.
The Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (IGTP)
This state-run program has an incredible depth of resources on its site: idph.iowa.gov/igtp/resources. In 2015, the program's report (view it here), compiled by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavior research, showed that 92 percent of those treated reported reduced signs of problem gambling.
IGA Responsible Gaming Brochures
In 2016, the IGA celebrated Responsible Gaming Education Week by working with treatment partners to create four documents. These pieces shed light on how to approach problem gamblers and confront the issue. They are:
Have the Conversation About Problem Gambling - For Families
Have the Conversation About Problem Gambling - For Casinos
Gambling: Keeping it Fun
Frequently Asked Questions About the Self-Exclusion Process (read more and find the downloadable form here)