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Help with Problem Gambling

Problem Gamblers

If you're struggling with a gambling problem, you're not alone. Millions of people around the world face this same challenge every day. It's important to remember that recovery is a journey and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It may take time to find the strategies and resources that work best for you; however, it is possible to overcome a gambling disorder and build a fulfilling life. There are many resources and types of support available to help individuals overcome gambling addiction.

If you're ready to take the first step toward recovery, reach out to a counselor, support group, or treatment program in your area. You can also find a wealth of information and resources online to help guide you on your journey. Remember, you don't have to do this alone. With the right support and resources, you can reclaim your life.

Treatment Options

Many individuals benefit from working with a therapist or counselor who specializes in addiction. These professionals can help you identify the underlying causes of your addiction and develop strategies for managing your urges and behaviors.

The Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-989-9966) and can connect you with treatment options in your area. Gambling treatment is free or low-cost in Ohio for those experiencing a gambling problem and their loved ones. The Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline can also refer callers without local treatment options to the Ohio Gambling Telehealth Network, which provides virtual telehealth treatment for problem gamblers.

Veterans and active duty military members can participate in the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center residential gambling treatment program.

Support Groups

Joining a support group for individuals with gambling addiction can provide a sense of community and understanding. These groups offer a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to share their experiences and receive encouragement and support from others who have faced similar challenges. There are a variety of support group options to suit your specific needs.

  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.

  • SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. SMART was created for people seeking a self-empowering way to overcome addictive problems. What has emerged is an accessible method of recovery, one grounded in science and proven by more than a quarter-century of experience teaching practical tools that encourage lasting change.

  • Gamblers, Family and Friends In Recovery (GFFR) was born out of the need to support compulsive gamblers, and families and friends affected by someone’s gambling, who were no longer able to attend face-to-face meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their mission is to provide a resource for finding online recovery meetings efficiently.

Voluntary Exclusion Program

  • This program, coordinated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) and the Ohio Lottery Commission (OLC), offers individuals the ability to agree to refrain from entering or accessing all Ohio casinos, racinos, and sports betting for one year, five years, or their lifetime. Once the enrollment application is completed, you will not be permitted access to any Ohio casino, racino, or sports betting options during the length of the selected term.

    Individuals seeking to enroll in Time Out Ohio, as well as those seeking to remove themselves from the program, can do so online at, at any of the Ohio casinos, at any of the Ohio racinos, or at the Ohio Casino Control Commission Central Office.

    Additional information about Time Out Ohio is available at For questions regarding the program, please contact Cory Brown, Manager of Problem Gambling Services, at or by phone at 614-387-5854 or Susan Diamond, Responsible Gambling Program Coordinator, at


Sharing stories and experiences can be an empowering part of the recovery process. These podcasts are hosted by people with lived experience with problem gambling and can provide a sense of community and connection for those who may feel isolated in their struggles. Check out the podcasts below to listen to the stories of those who have overcome gambling addiction and rebuilt their lives.

Additional Resources

There are many self-help strategies that can be effective in managing gambling addiction. These may include setting financial limits, avoiding triggers, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. Below are a list of additional resources aimed at self-help and harm reduction practices.

  • Gamban is an easy-to-use application that blocks online gambling on all of your installed devices, offering you a secure, reliable, and affordable option to stay away from gambling sites and apps. It works on MacOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. It has both monthly and annual subscription options.

  • BetBlocker helps users restrict access to gambling websites and apps by scheduling blocks during specific times when you know you'll need it or altogether. It is free and available on all devices.

  • Video game addiction is a real mental health condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It received recognition from the World Health Organization as 'Gaming Disorder' in 2019. Game Quitters includes programs, resources, and support groups for those struggling with video game addiction.

  • The True Link Visa Prepaid Card allows users to customize spending preferences to limit what establishments it works, how much can be spent at certain businesses, restrict access to cash and ATMs, and get real-time alerts to stay informed and track spending.

  • Gamtalk is a supportive community helping people with gambling issues share their experiences in a free, anonymous manner. It includes live chat, stories of hope, and community space to share your thoughts and feelings regarding your recovery journey.

  • QuitGamble has a strong social media community focused on quitting gambling, free video courses that provide engaging exercises and challenges, and awareness guides on gambling disorder. Their online community seeks to embrace technology to make the process of stopping gambling fun, engaging, and about something more than just quitting.

  • Promotion Removal & Financial Restrictions

    If you want to exclude yourself from promotions and marketing material from gambling operators in Ohio, you have several options. Each property has its own process, but all of them are required to provide multiple ways to remove yourself. For instance, you can unsubscribe from emails and call the customer service number of your local property to learn more about promotion removal. Additionally, many properties have their own financial restrictions that you can apply to limit your spending. To obtain further information, please contact your property.

    If you wish to request removal from Ohio Lottery mailings, you can call their customer service line at 1-800-662-4208.