Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 01:45 pm Categories:
Behavioral Health

HHS wants North Dakotans to know that every story matters during Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the impact of gambling-related issues and the availability of support services. North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Behavioral Health Division offers free services to those experiencing gambling challenges and their families.

“We believe every story matters, and together, we can foster understanding, break down stigmas and ensure that help is readily available,” said HHS Gambling Disorder Clinical Lead Lisa Vig-Johnson.

Problem gambling is defined as all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocation pursuits. HHS provides services for problem gambling through online recovery courses; counseling for individuals and groups; and online responsible gambling resources and educational groups that empower informed choices. Treatment is effective and recovery is possible.

Problem gambling services can be found at, an informational HHS website dedicated to raising awareness and stopping gambling addictions in North Dakota. On the website, visitors can learn about the types of problem gambling, receive financial tips, discover ways to gamble responsibly, find inspiration from personal success stories and more.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, reach out to Behavioral Health at 1-877-702-7848 or visit

The Behavioral Health Division is responsible for reviewing and identifying service needs and activities in the state's behavioral health system to ensure health and safety, access to services and quality of services. It also establishes quality assurance standards for the licensure of substance use disorder program services and facilities and provides policy leadership in partnership with public and private entities. For more information, visit