If gambling becomes a problem for you or someone you know, there are many resources that can be accessed for support and information. There are also many self-assessment tools available online or through Addiction Services which can help you assess your gambling behaviours.
Provincial Helplines – Each Atlantic Canadian province provides support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing problems with their gambling activities through a free, confidential helpline.
- 1-800-461-1234 in New Brunswick
- 1-888-899-HELP (4357) in Newfoundland & Labrador
- 1-888-347-8888 in Nova Scotia
- 1-855-255-4255 in Prince Edward Island
PEI Gambling Addiction Services. Treatment is available for people experiencing problems with gambling through Addiction Services.
- Programs are offered at the Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility in Mount Herbert. Referrals available at the PlayWise Information Centre.
- Mobile services are also offered in the other regions of the Island. For more information, call 1-888-299-8399.
- Additional information can be found on the Addiction Services website
Self-Exclusion Program at Red Shores. Red Shores’ self-exclusion program is a voluntary program for players who wish to ban themselves for the gaming floor for a period of 6, 12, 24 or 36 months. Players can access the program by visiting the PlayWise Information Centre and speaking to a PlayWise Advisor or one of the security officers. The PlayWise Advisor, along with a security officer, will assist the player through the self-exclusion process and will act as their advocate. For further information on the self-exclusion program, visit the PlayWise Information Centre or call 902-620-4267 for our Charlottetown location and 902-888-5675 for our Summerside location.
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
GA is an anonymous fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to help themselves and others recover from gambling.
Gam-Anon is a 12 step self-help organization for those affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. No dues or fees are required.
- Credit Counselling PEI
A confidential service provided by Family Service PEI at no charge. The goal is to help Islanders deal with debt concerns and money management. For more information on the available services, please call 902-892-2441 in the Charlottetown area or 902-436-9171 in the Summerside area.
- Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada
The Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada, Inc. (CCSAC) is a registered non-profit organization, providing confidential and professional budget, credit and debt repayment counseling programs to families and individuals. For more information, please call 1-888-753-2227 or visit.
- Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling
The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling provides information and resources to help prevent problem gambling.
- Responsible Gambling Council
The Responsible Gambling Council works with individuals and communities to address gambling in a healthy and responsible way. The Council undertakes research and public awareness programs designed to prevent gambling-related problems.
- GamTalk Forum
GamTalk is an online forum for anyone who wants to discuss gambling issues, concerns about the gambling behaviour of a friend or loved one, or advice on ways to keep gambling responsible. Developed by Dr. Richard Wood, a psychologist who specializes in responsible gambling initiatives, GamTalk will create a support network for players at all levels of the risk continuum.
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
An online community supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This website contains information about problem gambling for individuals concerned about their own, or someone else’s gambling. ProblemGambling.ca also provides an online space for professionals to exchange knowledge and resources about problem gambling.
- Smart Recovery
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction, including gambling addictions. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our local Facebook Page – SMART Recovery PEI-Queen’s County.