Get Help for Problem Gambling

Take the first step in getting help for problem gambling and change your life for the better.

Get Help for Problem Gambling

Take the first step in getting help for problem gambling and change your life for the better.

Red rotary telephone icon for Problem Gambling Ohio

Problem gambling is a disorder, not
a decision.

You can always choose to get help. Call 800-589-9966.

The Problem Gambling Ohio helpline and a list of resources are here for you. Chat live with staffers at a gambling-problem helpline, or find contact info for organizations like Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon. The resources below are a good place to start.

Take a self-assessment quiz: Do I have a gambling problem?

Answer all 20 questions, then read the results below.

  1. Have you ever lost time from work or school due to gambling?
  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  3. Has gambling affected your reputation?
  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  5. Have you ever gambled to get money to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  6. Has gambling caused a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. After losing, have you felt you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  8. After a win, did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  9. Have you ever gambled until all your money was gone?
  10. Have you ever borrowed to finance your gambling?
  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
  12. Have you been reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
  13. Has gambling made you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  14. Have you ever gambled longer than you planned?
  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom, loneliness, grief or loss?
  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  17. Has gambling caused you to have difficulty sleeping?
  18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations give you an urge to gamble?
  19. Have you ever had an urge to celebrate any good fortune with a few hours of gambling?
  20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Quiz courtesy of Gamblers Anonymous

RESULTS: Most persons with a gambling disorder will answer “Yes” to at least seven of these questions. How many did you count? If you think you might have a gambling problem, or if you simply have a desire to stop gambling, you can speak to someone right now.

Problem Gambling Ohio Help Resources

Nobody chooses to have a gambling disorder. But it can affect anyone.

"While people with alcohol and other drug problems who seek treatment elicit some public sympathy because they are understood to have an addiction, people with gambling problems tend to be blamed for their lack of control..."

— Dr. Annie Carroll for the ANU Center for Gambling Research