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For many people gambling can be exciting and entertaining. For others it can become an addiction with adverse affects impacting relationships, family, careers and finances. The Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program reports an increase in problematic gambling among Ontario lawyers. Consider the information provided in the following pages.

What is Gambling and Compulsive Gambling?
The following sites provide definitions for gambling as well as compulsive and problematic gambling.

Treatment Centres & Resources
The following is a partial list of treatment centres offering professional help for people with gambling addictions.

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (
    CCSA is Canada's national addictions agency. It provides objective, evidence-based information and advice that will help reduce the health, social and economic harm associated with substance abuse and addictions.

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (
    This centre is a public hospital providing care for people with mental health and addiction problems. CAMH is Canada's leading teaching hospital and also offers community-based facilities offering health promotion and prevention services across the province.

  • Homewood Health Centre (
    This centre, located in Guelph, Ontario, provides a wide range of programs dealing with mental health and addictions.

  • Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) (
    RGC is an Ontario based organization helping individuals and communities address gambling issues through information, awareness/prevention, professional development and research.

I want help now
The Member Assistance Program (MAP) for Ontario lawyers, law students, licensed paralegals, and their families connects members with Homewood Health, the LAWPRO and Law-Society sponsored provider of confidential professional counselling for help with stress, burnout, alcohol, drug or other addictions, and mental illness. MAP services also include volunteer peer support and work-life balance coaching. If you, your partner or your spouse needs help, please call 1.855.403.8922 (TTY: 1.866.433.3305), or visit All calls are strictly confidential.


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