You Are Worth Recovery

What We Do

It can be difficult to manage daily life when gambling has gotten out of control.  Often referred to as a “hidden addiction,” problem gambling can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, position, education, or income, and it can go undetected for a long time.  The good news about gambling addiction is that treatment is effective and recovery is attainable. There is hope and help for anyone struggling with a gambling problem.  UPAC Problem Gambling Services offers both outpatient and intensive outpatient services consisting of individual and/or group sessions that are no-cost state-funded and fee-for-service.  We will meet you wherever you are and will help you reach the goals you want.  We will work together as a team to support you on your journey of learning, growth, and healing.  If you have an honest desire for help, we are here for you.

UPAC Problem Gambling Services is a California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS) State Authorized Provider funded by the California Office of Problem Gambling through the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.

Who We Serve

Adults age 18 and over are eligible to receive services. When you are ready, we will be here. Call us at 619-521-5720 ext 313, or email

Success Story

After being caught for embezzlement, lying to friends, and having gambled all of her savings away, Jenny sat at home preparing to take her life.  When nearing her last resort, something moved her to attend a Gambler’s Anonymous meeting where she heard someone share that UPAC had helped them in their recovery.  The next day, Jenny picked up the phone and called UPAC Problem Gambling Services. From that moment on, she attended treatment 3 days a week for 3 months, focusing on herself, understanding her behaviors, and learning a new way of life. 18 months has passed, and today she has a smile on her face, is paying back debt, has supportive friends in recovery, and has learned to love herself again.

* Names have been altered to protect client privacy.

Funded by the California Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling through UCLA Gambling Studies Program


Program Manager

Debbie Rull

Debbie Rull, LPCC, CCGC-I, NCGC-I

Debbie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is Program Manager of Problem Gambling Services at the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) Addiction Treatment and Recovery Division.  Debbie has a national certification as a gambling counselor and for many years has conducted problem gambling prevention outreach and training workshops for the community and for behavioral health professionals.  Debbie’s treatment approach is educational and compassionate, and she is dedicated to helping families recover from problem gambling and live a happy and satisfying life.

3288 El Cajon Blvd., Suite #13
San Diego, CA 92104
Tel: (619) 521-5720 ext 313