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Ohio Becomes First State to Provide a Self-Help Mobile Application that Empowers Individuals Experiencing Problems with Gambling in Partnership between Time Out Ohio & RecoverMe

Press release

RecoverMe is a mobile application that helps individuals gauge their gambling behavior using validated assessment tools, flexibly engage with sessions based on evidence-based therapy and track their gambling habits. RecoverMe also contains additional services for individuals who are in crisis and need emergency support.

RecoverMe uses two (2) of the most widely recognized and respected methods of gambling treatment – cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. RecoverMe also uses the Canadian Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) which is the same tool the Ohio uses in the Ohio Problem Gambling Survey that is disseminated every five years.

Ohio is the first state in the US to offer this kind of support and protection.

Jimmie Hicks, Ohio Lottery’s Deputy Director of Responsible Gambling said, “This mobile application is a valuable tool at a time when Ohio’s gambling landscape has changed significantly, and we are excited to be able to offer this kind of free support to those who choose to utilize self-help resourcesto those in need”. 

Amanda Blackford, Director of Operations and Problem Gambling Services for the Ohio Casino Control Commission said, "To better serve the citizens of Ohio and address their needs, it is crucial for the State to offer a diverse range of support tools. The RecoverMe initiative is a valuable addition to the suite of free services available for Ohioans struggling with problematic gambling behaviors. This resource will provide much-needed assistance in their journey towards recovery."


RecoverMe’s co-founder, Tejus Patel, said"Ohio is setting a new standard in supporting individuals struggling with gambling by becoming the first state to offer a dedicated self-help mobile application. In partnership with Time Out Ohio, we are thrilled to introduce this innovative tool designed to empower individuals on their journey to recovery. Our goal is to provide accessible, immediate and discreet support with resources at their fingertips, ensuring that help is always within reach. RecoverMe has already helped thousands of people take back control of their gambling habits. Together, we are making strides toward a healthier, more supportive community for everyone affected by gambling issues."


Ohioans and those who gamble in Ohio will be offered the opportunity to claim the fully paid RecoverMe self-help mobile application available in the Apple and Google Play stores using the promo code OHIO100.

With the introduction of mobile sports betting in Ohio, the Ohio Lottery Commission and the Ohio Casino Control Commission have developed a fully online version of the Voluntary Exclusion Program, now called Time Out Ohio. To learn more or to enroll in the program, please visit  


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