Problem Gambling Network of Ohio: Veterans twice as likely to have?a gambling problem
In addition, Ohio’s statewide responsible gambling campaign, If You Gamble, Get Set Before You Bet, has a veteran-specific community toolkit for those looking to spread awareness of problem gambling. The campaign also has a short quiz to help Ohioans gauge their own risk for a gambling problem, located at BeforeYouBet.org/The-Quiz.Gambling disorder treatment saw its start at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs, where Dr. Robert Custer was the first to begin seeing veterans and worked to include a formal diagnosis for disordered gambling in the DSM-V.The Cleveland VA has one of just two gambling inpatient treatment programs in the VA system. Dr. Heather Chapman, the current director of the program and 2021 winner of the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award of Direct Service, is continuing to build on Dr. Custer’s legacy.“Ohio has always been a pioneer in gambling treatment and worked to support veterans. We have a great team of clinicians here at the VA and we’re continuing to do research on the impact of gambling on military personnel,” says Dr. Chapman.
Problem gambling treatment is available at low or no cost to Ohioans. The Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-589-9966) and GamblingHelpOhio.org are available 24/7 to provide resources and treatment options to those in need.About PGNO: Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building a network of support for those impacted by gambling through collaboration, education and research. While PGNO does not take a position for or against legalized gambling, through partnerships with state agencies, regulators and operators, PGNO continually ensures a cohesive system for minimizing harm and growing Ohio's gambling treatment workforce.