Gambling addiction recovery

Whether for entertainment, quick cash or to impress their friends, teens in Stark County gamble for many different reasons. Sometimes they’ve had an early experience with a frequent gambler. Other times, financial necessity causes them to look for money anywhere they can. No matter how the gambling behaviors start, they often stem from a deeper issue that can be addressed through counseling and support.

Signs of gambling addiction

The following behaviors and addiction warning signs may help you determine when gambling has become a problem for you or someone you know:

  • Borrows or steals money from friends and loved ones
  • Brags about gambling participation and earnings
  • Difficulty managing dates, schedules and deadlines
  • Mood swings and changes in behavior
  • Most interested in conversations about gambling
  • Obsessed with scores and competitions
  • Acquires new items of significant value
  • Often misses work or school
  • Participates in daily or weekly card games
  • Uses gambling words such as “favorite” and “underdog” in everyday conversations


Questions to ask yourself

Are you concerned you may have a gambling problem? Ask yourself the following questions to determine if it’s time to reach out for help:

  • Are you being hounded by debt collectors?
  • Do thoughts of gambling keep you up at night?
  • Do you often miss school or work because you are gambling?
  • Do you wish you could stop gambling?
  • Does gambling help relieve your stress or anxiety?
  • Has a poor gambling performance ever caused you to have self-destructive thoughts?
  • Has gambling affected your mood or behavior?
  • Have you ever gambled with money reserved for food, rent or mortgage?
  • Have you gambled using borrowed or stolen money?
  • If good things happen, do you find yourself gambling to celebrate?
  • Is the time you spend gambling often longer than intended?
  • When you get into an argument with a loved one, does gambling serve as an escape?


Recovery resources

CommQuest Services: Alliance

Strengthening families through behavioral/mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.
1207 West State St.
Suites F & M
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-8407
Fax: (330) 821-8506

CommQuest Services: Cleveland Ave.

  • Strengthening families through gambling addiction treatment and recovery services.
  • Medication-assisted recovery clinic offering methadone and Suboxone as well as outpatient counseling and drug testing.
625 Cleveland Ave.
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
Fax: (330) 455-2101

CommQuest Services: Market Ave.

Gambling addiction treatment and recovery resources.
1341 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: (330) 453-8252
Fax: (330) 452-4655

CommQuest Services: Massillon

Strengthening families through behavioral/mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.
130 1st St. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 833-0234
Fax: (330) 837-7705
Information & referrals

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Support group

Canton Gamblers Anonymous

Closed meeting for people with a desire to stop gambling.
First Friends Church, 5455 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44714
Hours: Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Helpful links

Before You Bet

Find helpful resources for awareness, prevention and treatment of gambling disorder from The State of Ohio.

Change the Game Ohio

Get resources to help prevent and treat youth gambling for parents, teachers and children.

Gamblers Anonymous

Learn about local meetings and access helpful information for gamblers and their loved ones.

Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling

Helpful articles about how to stop gambling and regain control of your life.

National Council on Problem Gambling

Find helpful programs and resources to help support people who are struggling with a gambling addiction.

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO)

A network of support for those impacted by gambling through collaboration, education and research.