How to Start a Conversation with a Problem Gambler:

Talking with someone you know about a potential gambling problem can be difficult.  Remember, you can’t stop the person from playing; only he or she can make the decision to stop.  Choose the right moment, speak in a caring and understanding tone and hear what he or she is saying.  To start the conversation:

For specific advice on how to approach a problem gambler, call the S.C. Gambling Helpline toll-free 1-877-452-5155 to talk with a certified counselor. The Helpline operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are toll-free and confidential.