Problem gambling is defined as a compulsion to gamble beyond one’s means to lose, to divert money or other resources away from necessities into gambling, and being deceptive about frequency and amounts gambled. Problem gambling is increasingly recognized as a behavioral health issue, and as such, it can be diagnosed, treated and recovered from.
The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services is making information and services available for the prevention, identification and treatment of problem gambling. A billboard campaign in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties began in November and will run through March. The signature catchphrase of the campaign is “When gambling becomes more than a game, no one wins.” The billboards refer to a local website, www.health-and-help-center.org, for information and referral. The boards also show the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-522-4700.