Problem Gambling Program

Help is available for your gambling problem. Based on your individual needs, free or low-cost treatment for your gambling problem is offered by Meridian HealthCare. Treatment accommodates adolescents to older adults, and both individuals and families have a number of treatment options.

Recovery by Meridian Offers:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Family Consults
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Money Safety Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Youth and Adult Prevention services

General Problem Gambling Signs

  • Spending a lot of time thinking about gambling or planning future gambling ventures
  • Gambling to relieve stress or problems
  • Losing money one day and returning another day to win it back
  • Serious repeated problems with significant relationships with family, friends or work
  • Borrowing or stealing money to gamble
  • Unable to pay essential bills due to money losses
  • Rarely goes home a winner
  • Experiences mood swings from losing

Problem Gambling Warning Signs for Young Adults

  • Boasts about gambling a lot
  • Unexplained missing money or property
  • Carries large amounts of cash
  • Neglects work or school obligations to gamble
  • Late-night gambling
  • Arguments with family and friends about gambling

Problem Gambling Warning Signs for Older Adults

  • Gambling early in month when check arrives
  • Loss of interest in family and social activities
  • Neglects paying bills, taking medication or home repairs
  • Vague double-talk about gambling trips
  • Unaccounted time away and late-night trips
  • Neglect of personal health or hygiene

Rules of Responsible Gambling

Gambling can be an enjoyable activity — if you keep it in the proper perspective. If you have control of your gambling, everything will be fine. When gambling controls you, then you have a problem. So keep gambling fun and be responsible:

  • Set a dollar limit and stick to it.
  • Set a time limit and stick to it.
  • Go with friends.
  • Never gamble on credit.
  • When gambling stops being fun, it’s time to stop gambling.
  • Keep a balance in your life. Gambling should never interfere with family, friends, or your job.
  • Treat money you lose as entertainment.

Remember: the odds are that you will lose most of the time.

Protect Your Finances

If you recognize that you have a gambling problem, you can take several steps to protect your finances:

  • Only carry the amount of cash you need for one day’s expense
  • Cut up your credit and debit cards or give them to a friend or family member for safekeeping
  • Limit the amount of money you can withdraw in one day (talk with your bank)
  • Ask family and friends not to lend you money (or to invite you gambling)
  • Eliminate all other sources you might have for gambling money

The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s Voluntary Exclusion Program

This program allows problem gamblers to voluntarily bar themselves from admission to Ohio’s casinos. For more information, click here