Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Our Voices, Our Health: Gripped by Gambling

Thursday, November 30th 2017

Our Voices, Our Health: Gripped by Gambling

Part 1: A Point of No Return


Carlos Lee’s gambling addiction left him at his lowest point in life. With the help of his son and local support groups, Carlos found a path to recovery. In the second story of the series Our Voices, Our Health, Carlos reflects with his friend and coworker, Myron Dean Quon, on his experiences with and the issue of gambling addiction in the Asian American community.

Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, are part of the 10 essential health benefits that Covered CA plans must cover under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).


1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) is California's largest problem gambling helpline, and is free for anyone who is concerned that they, or someone they know, may have a gambling problem. Help is available in more than 200 languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog. The helpline is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is considered by many to be the first and most important step for problem gamblers and/or their family members throughout California to receive help.

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The National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is dedicated to preventing and reducing substance use disorder and other addictions in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through research, advocacy, education, and capacity building.

napafa.pngFor more information, please contact NAPAFASA:
Address: 340 E. Second Street Suite 409, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: (213) 625-5795

This series was produced by Advancing Justice-LA, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate word.

Advancing Justice-LA would like to thank the following Funders for their generous support of this project: The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Covered California, DentaQuest Foundation, and Walter and Shirley Wang.


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.