NCADD Rochester

DePaul's National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Rochester Area provides research-based substance abuse and problem gambling prevention services to a diverse population through education, support, resources, advocacy and referral.

Underage Gambling

Problem Gambling has a solution…YOU!

Gambling may be just a game – but for some it’s much more. It’s an addiction. Because there are no physical signs of a problem it is often referred to as the “hidden addiction.” Problem gambling habits can lead to financial difficulties, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. One in five compulsive gamblers has even attempted suicide.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Have the Conversation

2018 YOU(th) Decide Problem Gambling Awareness/Media Literacy Outreach Project

NCADD-RA is partnering with the New York Council on Problem Gambling on the 2018 YOU(th) Decide Outreach Project. Our primary audience is youth ages 12-17.

YOU(th) Decide Vision – project designed to be a multi-dimensional prevention effort, which is aimed at reducing underage gambling in NYS.

YOU(th) Decide Mission – project aims to empower youth to make educated decisions regarding their gambling behaviors, and prepare communities to work together to prevent underage gambling.


YOU(th) Decide goals include:

  • Increase awareness of the issue of underage gambling and the importance of decreasing youth access to gambling,
  • Increase awareness of key media literacy facts,
  • Encourage a conversation between youth and their parents and peers around the issues of problem gambling,
  • Increase parental action toward the issue with parent pledges.


Youth be informed, so you can decide! Then have the conversation!

Parent/Adult Community Presentations

Presentations are available upon request to parent and community groups to increase awareness to the potential risks of problem gambling with special emphasis on the risks associated with underage problem gambling by contacting Jennifer Faringer, NCADD-RA Director, at (585) 719-3480 or

Parent Tool Kits


March Madness InfographicGet the facts

Recognizing the signs of problem gambling is the first step toward helping someone you care about or getting help yourself.




Gamblers Anonymous

Gambling Counseling and Treatment Resources

  • Problem Gambling Services Directory (PDF)
  • Gamblers Anonymous Meetings in NYS (PDF)
  • Mind Evolution Counseling for Problem Gambling (Website) (Brochure – PDF)
  • NYS OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) that will provide inpatient problem gambling treatment include:
    • Creedmoor Addiction Treatment Center, Queens Village
    • Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center, Brooklyn
    • Richard C. Ward Addiction Treatment Center, Middletown
    • John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center, Rochester
    • St. Lawrence Addiction Treatment Center, Ogdensburg
    • Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center, Buffalo
For more information on problem gambling, please contact Jennifer Faringer, NCADD-RA Director, at (585) 719-3480 or