Gambling can be an enjoyable form of entertainment when you set and stay within your limits. While many people are able to do so, others may have difficulty controlling the amount of time and money they spend on gambling.
If you’re worried about yourself or someone you care about, here are some potential warning signs:
- Spending more money on gambling than is affordable
- Using borrowed money to gamble
- Losing track of time and gambling longer than intended
- Betting larger and larger amounts
- Lying about the amount of money gambled
- Hearing criticism about gambling from others
- Allowing gambling to affect family, job, health or finances
- Trying to win back losses by gambling more
- Feeling guilty about how much is lost gambling
PlayOLG connects local treatment providers and credit counsellors offering support services to players who may be experiencing gambling problems.
The nearest financial or treatment counsellors can be found by contacting the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline by online chat or by telephone at 1-888-230-3505.
Concerned About Someone Else?
If you have concerns about someone else’s gambling, contact the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline by online chat or by telephone: 1-888-230-3505. You may also want to explore the resources on problemgambling.ca.
Self-Exclusion is a voluntary self-help tool that provides you with the opportunity to take a break from PlayOLG. Research shows the program works best when combined with other supports, such as gambling treatment programs, financial counselling, and relationship counselling. Taken together, these steps can help you gain control over your gambling.
To find out if PlayOLG Self-Exclusion is the right option for you, please visit the Self-Exclusion page for more information.