Problem Gambling & Veterans

Veterans Day is a day when we honor the military members who have served our country and kept us safe. An issue that hasn’t had much awareness over the years is the struggle that many veterans have with problem gambling. Addressing the issue starts with understanding the situation and educating ourselves about the resources available […]

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House Bill 282 Could Allow Use of Electronic Instant Bingo.

Here’s what Ohioans need to know. The Ohio Constitution generally prohibits gambling – but includes some exceptions. One of those exceptions is for instant bingo games conducted by charitable organizations that raise money for charitable causes. Under existing law, physical instant bingo games are conducted using paper tickets sold to participants either in person or […]

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The Gambling Addiction Prevention Act

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) estimates that as many as 56,000 active duty members of the Armed Forces meet the criteria for gambling disorder. It’s a serious health and financial issue – and also poses a national security concern by impacting individual readiness and performance of affected service members.  The Gambling Addiction Prevention […]

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How Social Casinos Leverage Facebook User Data

A highly lucrative but somewhat secretive industry has exploded across the United States in the past decade. It’s the world of social casinos – apps or websites where you can play popular casino games like roulette, video poker or slots on your computer or mobile device. In the United States alone, well over 100 million […]

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Support for Families and Friends of Problem Gamblers

Problem gambling doesn’t just affect the individual. It affects family members and friends. If someone you care about has a problem, the anxiety and concern you feel about their gambling can become all consuming. Living with the effects of someone else’s gambling can be too devastating to bear. That’s why, whether or not your loved […]

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Ohio’s Free Resources to Treat Problem Gambling

While the reasons 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 opportunities, simply staying away or quitting can be difficult, however it is important to keep in mind that […]

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College Students & Gambling

Problem gambling doesn’t affect any single demographic. As we head into the heart of the college football season, it’s important to focus on one group that is particularly at risk. Many studies suggest that the rate of problem gambling in college students is alarmingly high, with one stating that problem gambling affects as many as 6% […]

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Money problems? Here’s how financial therapy might help.

You don’t need to have experienced problem gambling to understand the pressures that financial issues can put on people. For those who are struggling with gambling, there’s a growing resource that could really help. Financial Therapy is a relatively new field. It combines financial planning services and mental health treatment. It merges finance with emotional […]

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Recognizing Responsible Gaming Education Week

At Before You Bet, our mission is to provide education and raise awareness of responsible gambling practices. Organizations that share our commitment to that mission include Ohio for Responsible Gambling, The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio and The American Gaming Association (AGA). This week marks the 22nd-annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) – an initiative […]

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Recovery Rights Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Sept. 24th The Ohio Statehouse 1 Capital Square, Columbus OH 43215 The Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery invites those impacted by substance use disorder and/or mental health issues to attend the inaugural Recovery Rights Advocacy Day. Since problem gambling is closely tied to both mental health and substance abuse – it’s an event […]

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