Resources for Problem Gamblers
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While the reasons as to why an individual experiences a gambling problem vary, the one consistent theme is that the problem negatively affects the individual as well as his friends and family. With the increase in availability of gambling, simply staying away or quitting can be difficult, however it is important to keep in mind that Treatment Works and Recovery is Possible!
Think you might have a problem, but aren't sure? These self-assessment tools will help:
- Gamblers Anonymous 20 Questions
- South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS)
- Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)
For a professional assessment and treatment resources near you, visit GamblingHelpOhio.org. There are over 80 outpatient gambling counselling and treatment organizations available.
In Ohio, problem gambling treatment services are free. Contact the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 800.589.9966 to speak to a referral specialist.
In-patient treatment services are available for Ohio Veterans and Residential Gambling Treatment Programs are available nationally.
Gamblers Anonymous offers a variety of meeting options, varying from Closed (only those with a gambling problem, or those who think they may have a gambling problem are eligible to participate) to Open (which may include spouses, family, and friends of the gambler). To find a GA meeting in your area, visit GamblersAnonymous.org/GA/Locations.
Recovery is Beautiful!
Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP)
This program, coordinated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), offers individuals the ability to self-exclude themselves from all Ohio casino facilities for one year, five years, or their lifetime. To enroll, you will be asked to complete the Request for Voluntary Exclusion form in the presence of a trained staff member of the OCCC. Once the request is validated, you are not permitted access to any Ohio casino facility during the length of the self-imposed ban. Additional information about the VEP is available on the OCCC's website.