Welcome to the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling (RICPG) web site
RICPG, together with other members of our community, is working to improve public awareness of problem gambling, and advocating for increased prevention, education, treatment and research activity to benefit the gambler, the gambler's family and the community. Check the About RICPG page for information about our group members and activities.
In addition to providing Rhode Islanders with local information and helping resources, the RICPG is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and is therefore linked with the latest helpful information and initiatives on a national level as well.
What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior that causes disruptions in any area of life: psychological, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological" gambling or "Compulsive" gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more and more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, "chasing" losses, and loss of control demonstrated by continuation of gambling despite serious consequences. Problem Gambling is not limited to those who frequent casinos, use slot machines, play poker or engage in illegal activity, but can occur in those participating in lotteries, keno or any other game of chance.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with problem gambling, support is available. Check the "Contact Us" page, for supportive local and national phone and email contact information.
Mental Health professionals, teachers and other individuals interested in problem gambling are also encouraged to utilize this site as an informational resource.