Resources Available to Treat Problem Gambling

Resources Available to Treat Problem Gambling

To raise awareness of the warning signs of problem gambling and to promote the availability
of help, Gov. Kasich has declared March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Ohio.

“Problem gambling is a public health issue affecting up to 500,000 Ohioans of all ages, races
and ethnic backgrounds,” Gov. Kasich said in his resolution.“Numerous individuals, professionals and organizations have dedicated their efforts to the education of the public about problem gambling and the availability of the effectiveness of treatment.”

Ohio’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards, community service agencies and Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – which includes the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – have joined forces to ensure that quality prevention and treatment services are available for Ohioans with problem gambling behaviors.

Problem gambling behaviors can include:
• Frequently borrowing money to gamble.
• Gambling to escape boredom, pain or loneliness.
• Lying to loved ones about gambling.
• Trying to win back money lost.
• Losing interest in other activities.
• Being irritable about gambling behavior.
• Having unexplained absences for long periods of time.

The website has resources to help individuals and families understand what
responsible gambling looks like, to recognize the signs of high-risk gambling and addiction, and to know how to get help for loved ones.

Responsible gambling includes the following:
• Setting a limit on how much money and time will be spent gambling.
• Paying bills first and spending only what you can afford to lose.
• Knowing that gambling will not solve money concerns.
• Gambling for fun, not to avoid being depressed or upset.

If untreated, gambling addiction can lead to serious consequences, such as health concerns,
the destruction of relationships, bankruptcy, divorce, domestic violence, depression and even
suicide. Among gamblers, 32 percent attempt suicide in their lifetimes, according to ORG.

For more information about how to help someone dealing with problem gambling, visit or call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 589-9966.