Una Razón para Ser Agradecido

Noviembre está aquí y el inicio de la temporada navideña comienza esta semana. Ahora es una oportunidad perfecta para tomar un momento de pausa para reconocer a las personas y las cosas por las que estamos agradecidos en nuestras vidas. Si usted o alguien que conoces se está recuperando de un problema de juegos compulsivos, hay mucho por lo que estar agradecido. Por otro lado, si usted o un ser querido necesitan ayuda, esté agradecido y consuélese sabiendo que nunca es demasiado tarde para comenzar el camino hacia la recuperación. Liberarse de las cadenas de una adicción al juego compulsivo puede cambiar la vida del jugador y sus familias. Los…read more

A Reason to Be Grateful

November is here and the onset of the holiday season begins this week. Now is a perfect opportunity to take a moment of pause to acknowledge the people and things we are grateful for in our lives. If you or someone you know is in recovery from a gambling problem, there is much to be thankful for. On the other hand, if you or a loved one are in need of assistance, be grateful, and take comfort knowing that it’s never too late to begin the path to recovery. Being set free from the chains of a gambling addiction can be life-changing, for the gambler and their families. Loved ones…read more

La Importancia de Estar Atento al Fraude

La Semana Internacional de Concientización sobre el Fraude se reconoce del 14 al 20 de Noviembre de 2021, aunque el fraude es un tema al que hay que prestarle atención durante todo el año. El fraude, como el juego compulsivo, afecta a personas de todos los orígenes y condiciones sociales, y puede presentarse de diferentes formas. Es importante saber cómo se presenta el fraude, y los pasos que se pueden tomar para evitar exposiciones. Según el CEO Bruce Dorris, JD, CFE, CPA, de la Asociación de Examinadores de Fraude Certificados, “Ya sea un empleado de confianza que roba a una pequeña empresa, o bandas organizadas de estafadores que apuntan a…read more

The Importance of Being Attentive to Fraud

International Fraud Awareness Week is recognized November 14-20, 2021, though fraud is a topic to be attentive to year-round. Fraud, like problem gambling, affects people from all backgrounds and walks of life and can present in different forms. It’s important to know what fraud looks and sounds like, and steps that can be taken to avoid exposures. According to CEO Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, “Whether it’s a trusted employee stealing from a small business, or organized rings of fraudsters targeting seniors in our community…It is a serious problem that requires a proactive approach toward preventing it…”[1] At times, the person who perpetrated…read more

El Mes de la Prevención del Abuso de Sustancias destaca similitudes y diferencias con el juego desordenado

Octubre es el mes Nacional de Prevención del Abuso de Sustancias y, a menudo, es más fácil comprender el problema del juego comparándolo con el alcoholismo y la adicción a las drogas. Si bien las similitudes son muchas, existen algunas diferencias importantes que han hecho que el juego compulsivo sea más difícil de identificar y tratar. Para empezar, un trastorno del juego es una adicción oculta, por lo que es difícil de detectar porque no hay síntomas físicos externos visibles, como pupilas dilatadas. Además, el 100% de abstinencia es un gran desafío porque el dinero es la “droga” que alimenta la adicción. Los juegos de azar no requieren la ingestión…read more

Substance Abuse Prevention Month Highlights Similarities and Differences with Disordered Gambling

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and it is often easiest to understand problem gambling by comparing it to alcoholism and drug addiction. While the similarities are many, there are some important differences that have made compulsive gambling more difficult to identify and to treat.   For starters, a gambling disorder is a hidden addiction, so it’s difficult to detect because there are no visible outward physical symptoms, such as dilated pupils.  In addition, 100% abstinence is very challenging because money is the “drug” that fuels the addiction. Gambling requires no ingestion of chemicals, yet persons engaging in the activity frequently experience the same physiological “highs”. It is also true…read more

Octubre es un mes para honrar a los adultos mayores

Octubre es un mes para honrar a los adultos mayores. El 1 de octubre es el Día Internacional de las Personas Mayores, establecido por las Naciones Unidas (ONU), para crear conciencia pública sobre los problemas que afectan a las personas mayores. El tema de este año, Equidad digital para todas las edades, se centra en el crecimiento de Internet, las aplicaciones móviles y todas las herramientas para recopilar, almacenar, analizar y compartir información digitalmente [1]. Del 4 al 10 de octubre es la Semana del Envejecimiento Activo, que reconoce el envejecimiento y los beneficios de una vida activa a cualquier edad [2]. Ambos días festivos también muestran la capacidad de…read more

October is a Time to Honor Older Adults

October is a time to honor older adults. October 1st is International Day of Older Persons, established by the United Nations (UN), to raise public awareness about issues affecting the elderly.  This year’s theme, Digital Equity for All Ages, focuses on the growth of the internet, mobile applications, and all tools to collect, store, analyze, and share information digitally [1]. October 4th-10th is Active Aging Week, which recognizes aging and the benefits of active living at any age [2]. Both holidays also showcase the capability of senior citizens as fully participating members of society. While recognition of these holidays is important each year, they are particularly worthy of attention now…read more

888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine Breaks New Ground with Online Support Program to Help Problem Gamblers in Partnership with Seminole Tribe of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2021 CONTACT: Jennifer Kruse, (407) 865-6200 As technology changes how we gamble, support programs offered for those with gambling problems are also evolving with new and innovative solutions. SANFORD, Fla. — The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) is launching a new, no-cost Online Program for Problem Gamblers (OPPG), created with partnership support from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Floridians can now access online interactive support immediately, on-demand. No insurance is needed and no additional payments for in-person services are charged. Designed using the latest science, combined with data generated from decades of assisting problem gamblers, the FCCG’s OPPG program offers meaningful and effective ways…read more

La Recuperación Puede Tomar Muchas Formas Diferentes, ¡Siempre que Funcione para Usted!

“El Mes Nacional de la Recuperación (Mes de la Recuperación) es una celebración nacional que se celebra cada septiembre para informar a los estadounidenses de que el tratamiento por abuso de sustancias y los servicios de salud mental pueden permitir que las personas con un trastorno mental o por abuso de sustancias vivan una vida saludable y gratificante [1]”. Muchos estadounidenses están luchando contra los efectos del juego, las drogas y la adicción al alcohol, y aunque la mayoría puede requerir algún tipo de tratamiento, es importante saber que las vías de recuperación pueden variar de persona a persona. Más específicamente, una persona puede beneficiarse de una forma de tratamiento…read more

How Gambling Can Rewire Your Brain

When you hear the word “addiction,” what comes to mind? The spotlight has been shined on the dangers of alcohol and drug addictions, and the signs and symptoms of these are relatively easy to spot. But the psychological mechanisms of addiction do not require a substance. An addiction is a brain disorder where an individual compulsively seeks rewarding stimuli – things that make them feel good – without regard to the consequences. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reclassified problem gambling as an addiction in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Why the sudden change? When the Hidden Addiction Hijacks a Natural…read more

Why Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a Big Deal

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a big deal here at the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. We are joined by organizations from around the country to raise awareness on the issue of problem gambling in addition to prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout the month of March. So what is problem gambling? Your first thought might be to imagine the financial stress that comes along with the risks of gambling, but that’s not the whole picture. Digging out of financial problems doesn’t mean that the addiction goes away. In extreme cases, problem gambling can lead to legal problems, job loss, relationship troubles, family devastation and even suicide. At its root,…read more

Think You Know March Madness? Get to Know PGAM.

March marks the beginning of Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Organizations from around the country partake in this grassroots campaign to help raise awareness concerning the issue of problem gambling. March also marks the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA’s largest sporting tournament when basketball teams from around the country compete for a national championship. Betting on the games is big business. The NCAA tournament now ranks second to only the NFL season finale in terms of betting and seems to be gaining ground in recent years.  There is so much action going on from the first tip with four consecutive games going all through the day.  The opening two days…read more

Join us in PGAM!

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). At its core, PGAM is a grassroots campaign that relies on a wide range of organizations from different industries to help raise awareness for the issue of problem gambling. As the conversation regarding mental health in the United States begins to intensify, it’s important that the gambling addiction treatment community has a voice.   Some main goals of PGAM’s national campaign are: To increase public knowledge regarding problem gambling with a focus on awareness, prevention, and treatment options. To encourage healthcare professionals to screen clients for problem gambling.   Here at the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), we see the devastating impact…read more

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week   The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) supports the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) during their annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW).   NDAFW brings teens and scientific experts together to discuss the scientific facts about drugs, as well as their potential health effects on teen bodies and brains.  Held the last week of January every year since 2010, NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to “Shatter the Myths”® about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, tv, movies, music…read more

Technology: A Force for Good or Evil?

Technology: A Force for Good or Evil? January 18, 2018 From the most basic technologies, i.e. “the wheel”, to the modern smartphone, technology has been changing the world. January 6 is the day to recognize those achievements and to look to the future of technology and how it impacts our daily lives. In many respects, technology has improved life on Earth. Our world is a lot smaller thanks to technology (both literally and figuratively). You can video chat with a friend who is 3,000 miles away via Skype or other method, largely thanks to amazing advancements in technology. But often, advancement comes with a price, the phone/super-computer you have in…read more

6 TIPS TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS

6 TIPS TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS Turn on any television, radio, or simply scroll through your Facebook feed and you will be immediately inundated with holiday cheer. And while the holiday season is undoubtedly a time for joy, for many, the holidays can be an extremely stressful time. For those struggling with addiction, the stress that surrounds this time of year can pose a major threat to recovery. With that being said, here is your quick guide to surviving the holiday season. BE PREPARED Most people are aware of the potential issues that might arise within their own families.  If your family discussion leads to uncomfortable questions, practice some appropriate…read more

Santa Says Give Responsibly This Holiday Season

Give Responsibly This Holiday Season The holiday season is upon us and if Black Friday wasn’t enough to get all of your shopping done and you still have more to do, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling has an important message for you. Lottery tickets may be fun-filled and exciting presents, but they are not suitable gifts for minors. Lottery products have been shown sometimes to be an initial introduction to gambling activities for youth.  Research shows that when youth are exposed to gambling at a young age, they are more likely to develop a problem later in life. We can decrease the likelihood of future gambling problems by practicing…read more

HONORING OUR NATION’S FINEST

HONORING OUR NATION’S FINEST November 9, 2017 Each year our country takes a collective pause and honors our Veterans. Over the course of American history, no group has given more to preserve, protect, and honor American values and our way of life. For many around the world, America is a symbol for freedom and democracy. We have our veterans to thank for that. Here at The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, we believe part of honoring Veterans is understanding what they endured to serve our country and protect our freedoms. This Veteran’s Day, we ask you to remember our veterans and acknowledge all they have done for us as a…read more

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

10 Tips for Family Caregivers November 3, 2017 In 1997 President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November. As our loved ones age, it’s important that the care given to them is healthy and constructive. It is also important to recognize how important a job the caregiver has. Here are ten tips for family caregivers: Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. Accept offers of help and suggest…read more