If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, we urge you to contact any of these organizations for help:
Indiana Gaming Commission
Indiana Council On Problem Gambling
or visit their website at: www.gam-anon.org
Voluntary Exclusion State Program
National Program Gaming Hotline
At Indiana Grand, we recognize our responsibility to ensure that casino gaming serves as an entertainment alternative for responsible adults. We take a highly proactive approach to the identification and prevention of problem and underage gambling, and give special attention to all associated programs.
In partnership with the Indiana Gaming Council, we have implemented extensive internal policies and programs to deal with problem and underage gambling. We actively enforce these programs and regularly raise employee awareness with events such as seminars conducted by nationally recognized experts in this field. Responsible gaming awareness information is included in our employee handbook and is a key component in the orientation program required of each new employee.
We are active members of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling. This council has programs in place for referral of patrons and employees who request assistance. Additionally, we have developed relationships with local agencies offering programs designed to treat gambling disorders.
The Voluntary Exclusion Program is administered by the Indiana Gaming Commission in coordination with the Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
Recognizing The Problem
Consider these questions:
1. Do you lose time from work due to gambling?
2. Does gambling make your home life unhappy?
3. Does gambling affect your reputation?
4. Do you ever feel remorse after gambling?
5. Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
10. Do you ever borrow money to finance your gambling?
11. Do you ever sell anything to finance gambling?
12. Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
13. Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Do you ever gamble longer than planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
16. Have you ever committed, or consider committing, an illegal act to finance your gambling?
17. Does gambling cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappintments or frustrations create an urge to gamble?
19. Do you have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Do you ever consider self-destructive behavior as a result of your gambling?
If you can answer yes to at least seven of these questions, you may have a gambling problem.
Are You at Risk?
Recreational gamblers are those who use gambling as a fun way to socialize with friends, family or colleagues. Recreational gamblers know their limit and recognize when to stop gambling.
Compulsive gambling, also known as pathological gambling, is characterized as a mental disorder or disease and is marked by excessive gambling. The individual experiences severe impulse control issues with regards to gambling, bets more money than he or she can afford to lose and endures strong feelings of guilt and depression. The behavior of the compulsive gambler can cause significant damage to one’s life and to the lives of others around him or her. Treatment is needed and is often very hard for the gambler to accept.
Problem gamblers lose control of how much time and money is being spent on gambling. Gambling starts to interfere with the daily routine of one’s life, both personally and professionally. Problem gamblers may begin to experience feelings of guilt with regard to their gambling habits and the behavior may cause harm to oneself and to others. Treatment is necessary.
Gaming Responsibly can be as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
1. Create a budget. Decide ahead of time how much money you are willing to allocate for entertainment activities, such as gambling.
2. Do not take more money with you than you previously decided was your limit and never borrow money to finance gambling.
3. Never gamble when experiencing feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety or stress, instead consider other recreational activities.