Michigan Department of Community Health Launches Problem Gambling Website

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

May 15, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) today announced the launch of a new problem gambling web site, www.gambleresponsibly.org, designed to assist both individuals who may have a problem with gambling and others who want to learn how to avoid getting in over their heads.

“We are pleased to offer this web site to the citizens of Michigan to help address the issue of problem gambling,” said Janet Olszewski, MDCH director. “Gambling comes in many forms--casino games, Internet gambling, office pools, sports betting or dice--and this website is designed to help people learn the warning signs of problem gambling while offering solutions on how to prevent gambling from getting the best of you.”

The site also serves as a resource for friends and family members who may be concerned with the gambling habits of a loved one.

The site includes important features such as:

· Gamble Smarter. The key is to view gambling as entertainment—not as a way to make money. Gamble Smarter offers information on types of gambling, “12 Hot Tips” to help keep you on track and “Trade Secrets” to help dispel some myths of gambling strategy.

· Gambling Got Ya? This section offers a quiz used by the experts to help you understand if you or someone you love may have a gambling problem.

· Getting Out. Money problems from gambling can leave people feeling trapped in a cycle of debt and despair. Getting Out offers assistance through the Michigan Problem Gambling Help Line, 1-800-270-7117, a toll-free, confidential service to give people the help and support they need to overcome a gambling addiction. It also includes links to Gamblers Anonymous and debt reduction services.

· Winners’ Circle profiles the biggest gambling winners—people who have come face-to-face with their gambling problems and won by seeking professional counseling and advice. The Winners’ Circle offers stories based on real-life examples of gambling addiction and recovery.