To advocate for and provide peer-to-peer response to the needs of compulsive gamblers and their families;
To provide impartial referrals to appropriate resources for addiction recovery, intervention, treatment and counseling;
To educate the private sector, business communities and school systems about the early warning signs, methods of prevention, and treatment of this disorder;
To collaborate with complementary agencies and organizations to elevate the awareness of all citizens of the state of Arizona about the social and economic impact of compulsive gambling;
To help restore Arizona families impacted by compulsive gambling to health and balance.
We are neither anti nor pro gambling.
We are not in the treatment business.
We are strictly a nonprofit charitable organization with a serious mission of education and awareness on issues of problem gambling.
We provide education to the general public about the seriousness of problem gambling in Arizona.
We help problem gamblers explore outpatient and inpatient treatment options.
Pam Koopman, Executive Director
Teri Erickson, Vice President
David Turner, Treasurer
Jacque Wolfgang, Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Brubaker (in memoriam)
ACCG is a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt non-profit organization and an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling
As gambling becomes more widely available, accessible and acceptable, more recreational gamblers are crossing the invisible line into gambling disorder, creating an increasingly negative economic and social impact. Suicide, embezzlement, theft, family violence, business failures, and bankruptcy are just a few of the gambling-related issues that strain the resources of our state and local agencies, burden our legal and correctional systems, and challenge the private sector. ACCG seeks to train these entities to refer gamblers (and their families) for education, awareness and proper treatment programs before the societal and economic costs escalate further and more lives and families are destroyed.
ACCG strongly recommends a 12-step or other support program as the cornerstone of any successful recovery effort. In addition, ACCG firmly believes that compulsive gamblers will have a better opportunity of sustained recovery if they are counseled by a behavioral health professional who is trained and certified in the treatment of the disorder. We also recommend casino and other self-exclusions as important components of any recovery program.
ACCG is a nonprofit organization with Federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. We have a serious mission of education, awareness, and training on issues of compulsive gambling. We are neither anti nor pro gambling.
Donald "Don" Hulen co-founded the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling (ACCG) in 1993. The Council was established as a non profit agency to bring education and awareness of compulsive gambling--and its social and economic impact--to the public and private sectors.
Don served as ACCG's executive director from 1993 until his death on February 15, 2010. For over 17 years, Don worked tirelessly for education, awareness, treatment and prevention, both in the state of Arizona and nationally.
For thousands of compulsive gamblers and their families, Don's was the first voice on the other end of the phone, offering hope in the midst of fear, confusion, despair, and devastation. Don became their first ally--and their best line of defense, support, and guidance--in their battle with this powerful, insidious and deadly addiction.
For his ceaseless efforts, Don Hulen was honored in 2005 by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as a pioneer in the field of gambling awareness.
Thank You, Don! You will be greatly missed, and you will never be forgotten. Rest assured, the Arizona Council is committed to continuing your pioneering and life-saving work.
FAIR (Financial Accountability in Recovery) is a funded program that will help compulsive gamblers and their families achieve a normal, balanced financial future.
FAIR will mobilize the resources necessary to preserve income, manage ongoing financial obligations, and restore the household to financial security. stability. and confidence.
ACCG will work toward finding community partners to fund FAIR and secure its future success.
Development and distribution of age-appropriate, customized apps for grade school, middle school, and high school students. The apps will ask students “What’s your Game Plan?” and enable them to create a blueprint for balancing their video, online and/or mobile gaming with other activities, interests and commitments, supported by a hand-picked “team” of loved ones, peers, and teachers.
ACCG hopes to make GamePlan a reality for Arizona's kids.
In Addiction Neuroethics, 2012, Stephen J. Morse suggested that, with respect to gambling-motivated crime, “provision of adequate treatment in the community, rather than involuntary civil commitment, is the wiser course.”
In 2018, a GTDC was established in Las Vegas, NV. Today, it is the gold standard for gambling addiction reform and treatment.
ACCG will work toward creating Arizona's first GTDC.
ACCG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your generous contribution will enable us to provide peer support to Arizona's problem gamblers and their families.