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With Veterans Day coming up, we as a nation will pause to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The day also serves as a reminder that many veterans struggle day to day with a spectrum of mental health issues. One you may not be aware of but that is included in that list is gambling addiction. We talked about a program aimed at helping identify and treat this disease. WEBSITE: Get Set Before You Bet: Gamble Responsibly Article courtesy of NBC4i Columbus
With problem gambling on the rise in Ohio, the state is starting campaigns to combat the issue. “Get Set Before You Bet” discourages gamblers from spending more than they can afford to lose, and “Change the Game” asks adults to recognize the signs of problem gambling in children and discuss it with them. The Ohio for Responsible Gambling initiative, which includes state agencies such as the lottery and casino commissions, organized the campaigns and is giving videos and print materials to providers of mental-health care and nonprofit groups to distribute. … Read More »
Josh McClellan already had a gambling problem when Hollywood Casino opened in Toledo, giving the Army veteran a dangerous new place to play his money away. He would start at the tables with anywhere from $300 to $1,500, working his way through poker and blackjack. When he lost too much money at cards, he would play the slots for a while, win some back, and return to the tables to lose the rest. “I loved going to the casino,” he said. “I usually didn’t leave until the money was gone.” Mr. McClellan’s … Read More »