School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducting intervention study for problem gamblers

Confidential brief interventions for problem gambling hotline available statewide

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Las Vegas is conducting a research study named "Brief Intervention for Problem Gambling Line" which provides a free confidential hotline for those struggling with a gaming addiction.

The project's goal is to provide statewide telephone-based brief interventions for problem gambling with the hope of demonstrating the effectiveness of reducing or eliminating problems associated with gambling for those who are unable to travel to a clinic or attend group or face-to-face sessions.

The project has two components:

  • The first component involves an initial research survey and two research survey follow-up calls at 35 and 70 days to determine outcome and the effectiveness of the services received. The research component is voluntary and services will not be denied to an individual who does not want to participate.
  • The second component is a free service delivery for Nevada residents who are 21 years or older. The service is delivered in two groups and includes educational and support elements, a self-help work book, counseling sessions at 14, 30 and 60 days from the initial call.

These services are available by calling toll-free: (866) 503-8444 on weekdays from 1 to 7 p.m. with referral to a 24–hour voice mail after hours.

The services are delivered by gambling counselors and/or counselor interns as specified by the State of Nevada, Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors.

Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen, MPA
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.