About NCPG

The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.

The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Our primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families.

The NCPG was conceived as the national representative of the problem gambling field and is organized with 3 classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level.

Major National Council programs include:

  • Operation of the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (800-522-4700). A single national access point to local resources.
  • Administration of the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) credential.
  • Holding the annual National Conference on the Prevention, Treatment, Research and Recovery of Problem Gambling. The world’s oldest and largest problem gambling-specific conference.
  • Distribution of literature on problem gambling treatment, research and recovery.
  • Organization of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.
  • Providing education on problem gambling issues to Federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies.


There are three types of memberships in NCPG:

  • Individual Membership ($75) – Includes full voting membership, the NCPG Newsletter, member certificate, bi-monthly subscription to Addiction Professional, discount on literature and conferences.
  • Individual Membership Plus ($100) – Includes all benefits of the Individual Member level, with the addition of a subscription to International Gambling Studies, a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal in gambling studies.
  • Corporate Membership ($5,000) – Includes full voting membership, NCPG Newsletter, membership plaque, Annual report. All employees are eligible for discounted member rate at National Conference.

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