Hacer cosas divertidas durante la recuperación puede restaurar vidas saludables

Divertirse es uno de los primeros comportamientos que desaparece cuando un individuo o una familia atraviesa una crisis, como descubrir o reconocer que tu o un ser querido tiene un problema grave con el juego. Las personas y los seres queridos de los jugadores compulsivos a menudo se sienten abrumados,…

Doing Fun Things During Recovery Can Restore Healthy Lives

Having fun is one of the first behaviors that disappears when an individual or a family is dealing with a crisis, such as discovering or acknowledging that you or someone you care about has a serious gambling problem.  Individuals and loved ones of compulsive gamblers often feel bogged down –…

La recuperación es una gran manera de honrar a tu padre

El 19 de junio es el Día del Padre y es un momento maravilloso para agradecer a tu padre o a la persona en tu vida que ha cumplido un papel paterno. A menudo, no sabemos qué decir o parece que no podemos poner en palabras la inmensa gratitud que…

Recovery is a Great Way to Honor Thy Father

June 19th is Father’s Day and is a wonderful time to thank your father or the person in your life who has fulfilled a paternal role.  Often, we do not know what to say or cannot seem to put into words the immense gratitude we may feel. This may be…

Mental Health Awareness Month is a Time to Remember Gambling Addiction

May 1-31, 2022 is Mental Health Awareness Month and the theme this year is Back to Basics, which is appropriate considering so many Americans have been struggling with mental health difficulties since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention everything going on in the world around us today.…

El mes de la concientización sobre la salud mental es un momento para recordar la adicción al juego

Del 1 al 31 de mayo de 2022 es el Mes de la Concientización sobre la Salud Mental y el tema de este año es Volver a los conocimientos básicos, lo cual es apropiado considerando que muchos estadounidenses han estado luchando con problemas de salud mental desde el inicio de…

En reconocimiento al Día de la Madre – Haga las paces

El Día de la Madre se acerca el domingo 8 de mayo y para muchos de nosotros brinda la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre nuestras relaciones con nuestras madres. En algunos casos, esto no es una tarea fácil. Si bien muchos de nosotros recurrimos a nuestras madres en busca de consuelo…

In Recognition of Mother’s Day – Make Amends

Mother’s Day is approaching on Sunday, May 8th, and for many of us, it provides an opportunity to reflect on our relationships with our mothers. In some cases, this is not an easy task. While many of us may turn to our mothers for comfort and guidance, for others, our…

Educar los niños sobre el dinero genera dolares y sentido

Abril es el Mes Nacional de la Educación Financiera y del 9 al 16 de abril se celebra la Semana del Dinero Inteligente. Ambos brindan oportunidades para abordar la importancia de la administración del dinero y la educación financiera. Hablar de finanzas es difícil. Los problemas financieros se encuentran entre…

Educating Children About Money Makes Dollars and Sense

April is National Financial Literacy Month and April 9th-16th is Smart Money Week. Both provide opportunities to address the importance of money management and financial literacy. Talking about finances is difficult. Financial problems are among the top reasons why relationships fail. Yet, for those who experience hardships due to gambling,…

What to expect when you first call

What to expect when you first call September 15, 2015 For gamblers, the decision to enter into recovery is often not an easy one.  We live in a culture that reinforces the concept of, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” Within the addiction realm, there is a quiet voice that…

The New Gateway Drug

The New Gateway Drug September 4, 2015   The final preseason games have been played, which means that the NFL season in upon us. Professional football has become a staple of American culture. Every Monday, Thursday, and of course Sunday, millions of people will tune into watch their favorite team.…

5 Myths About Addiction

5 Myths About Addiction August 16, 2015   1. Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. Sure, we wish it were that easy. Just stop gambling. Easier said than done. With drugs, prolonged exposure alters the brain in way that results in powerful cravings and compulsions. A gambling addiction…

Fantasy Sports and Online Gambling

Fantasy Sports and Online Gambling July 15, 2015 I spent the July 4th holiday like many people… with friends, grilling out by the pool. While catching up with my college roommate, he was quick to inform me about how much money he spent gambling last month… The amount of money…

7 non-related but ever-important questions to ask yourself

7 non-related but ever-important questions to ask yourself July 2, 2015   The FCCG recently visited the University of Central Florida’s Counselor Education program and presented our Awareness Now program to their counselors in training. Being a graduate of the program, it was comforting to walk back into the classroom.…

A Culture of Silence

A Culture of Silence June 16, 2015 Recently, I was fortunate enough to serve as an exhibitor at the Asian Cultural Event in Orlando, Florida. The FCCG purchased a table at the event in order to expose the Asian community to the various problem gambling resources available to Floridians. I’ve…

Planes and Bad Behavior

Because of airplanes, it’s possible to eat breakfast in Orlando but have lunch in New York City. In theory, modern air travel is a marvelous luxury. In reality, there is nothing fun about the actual flying. Waiting in long lines at airport security coupled with the limited space coach seating…

Problem Gambling… a Family Addiction

Recently, the FCCG was afforded the opportunity to speak to community members of the Port Orange Library. The presentation consisted of a standard overview of problem gambling. The audience was engaged, asked questions, and seemed to display a thirst to learn more about a very important topic. The Q &…

A Whole New World

Thank you for stopping in and reading the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling’s 1st ever blog post! We are beyond excited to enter the world of blogging. Over time, we hope to expose more people to information surrounding the issue of problem gambling. If you don’t know what the FCCG…