A Breakup Letter to Gambling Addiction

To My Gambling Problem, This isn’t easy for me, but it’s time for me to be honest: It’s over. For years, I had been fooling myself by thinking things between us would change. With you, it was always tomorrow, next week, next month, next year – but you could never let me just be me….read more

This Year’s Big Game Expected to Set Betting Record

After some of the closest NFL Conference Championship games to date – with both going into overtime – the stage is set for the big game: the New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday in Atlanta. The biggest football game of the year draws hundreds of millions of viewers and…read more

Tax Season is Upon Us: Can Gambling Losses Be Deducted?

It’s that time of year again: tax filing season. While gathering your receipts, W-2s, and 1099s, you may wonder what income and expenses you have to report, what you can deduct, and what may be different this year. You are not alone. The biggest tax reform legislation in more than 30 years became effective on…read more

Think Twice Before Placing Bets on the Playoff Picture

It’s Week 16 of the NFL 2018 Regular Season, and we’re coming down to the wire. The last two weeks of games were filled with upsets that shook the playoff picture, including the one that still has South Florida abuzz – the Miracle in Miami. Favored by 9 points, the New England Patriots kicked a…read more

Responsible Gambling During the Holidays: Why Lottery Tickets Make Dangerous Gifts for Minors

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in raising awareness regarding the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season. Today, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is raising awareness about responsible gambling…read more

Don’t Count On A “Lucky Break”

The smell of turkey and football is in the air – it’s starting to look a lot like thanksgiving! In this thanksgiving themed blog post, we’re sharing the history behind the “wish bone” and insight as to why you might want to pass when it comes to betting on rivalry weekend. Come On, Give Me…read more

Blurred Lines: Gaming vs. Gambling Addiction

Addiction to gaming is described in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental disorders. The DSM-5 notes that gaming must cause “significant impairment or distress” in several aspects of a person’s life including, but not limited to: an uncontrollable desire…read more

Combatting Gambling Addiction: Everyone’s Mission

As we enter Veterans Day weekend, let us begin to reflect and honor the sacrifices made by U.S military personnel and their loved ones to defend our freedom and democracy. Veterans: From all of us here at the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling – Thank you for your service.   To be a veteran in…read more

How Sports Betting Pools Risk More Than Money

Can you believe that the football season is already almost half over? Is it going the way you expected? What has been the biggest surprise so far? It’s not easy to predict the winner of all 256 regular-season NFL games – let alone the spirited matchups in the arguably more volatile college football season. It’s…read more

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence!

Defining Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.1 Domestic violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, nationality, religion, or social status. In the…read more

Have the Conversation: National Purposeful Parenting Month

Have the Conversation: National Purposeful Parenting Month July 20, 2017 July is National Purposeful Parenting Month, which strives to build strong, positive, and healthy relationships between parents and their children. One of the many goals for all parents is to emphasize healthy communication skills and teach their children independence. The world is a more complicated…read more

Minority Mental Health Month

Minority Mental Health Month July 17, 2017 July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of July, treatment professionals from around the United States engage in conversation and awareness efforts promoting mental health. In American culture, there is a negative stigma surrounding mental health. Often, in Hispanic communities, that stigma is intensified. …read more

Simple Tips To Help Celebrate Men’s Health Month

Simple Tips To Help Celebrate Men’s Health Month June 27, 2017 Our calendar is riddled with special interest events that overlap with what we are trying to accomplish as an organization. While we specialize in all areas surrounding the public health concern of problem gambling, we realize that a holistic prevention approach is useful and…read more

Peer Connect

Peer Connect June 22, 2017 Addiction affects more than just a single person. In fact, experts say that addiction directly affects 8-10 people. Often as the addiction begins to take more of a hold on the addict, their functioning begins to become impaired. Strained relationships. Poor job performance. Distressed finances. Gambling addiction is like a…read more

Is There a Cure for Gambling Addiction?

Is There a Cure for Gambling Addiction? May 26, 2017 In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let us take a quick dive into addiction vs physical ailments. There is a great misunderstanding in American culture surrounding mental health. Flu season runs from October to May.  Each year, millions of people contract the flu. This…read more

Stages of Change

Stages of Change May 19, 2017 When it comes to addiction, making a change can be hard. However, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gamblings’ 888-ADMIT-IT Helpline is here for problem gamblers and their loved ones who are looking to make a change in their lives.  The decision to reach out and request help is just…read more

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling April 28, 2017 Problem gambling is a diagnosable and treatable disorder that appears in the DSM-5, which is a publication that mental health clinicians use for identifying presenting mental health issues. People that are diagnosed as having a gambling disorder often do not just suffer from a gambling addiction. According to…read more

The Truth About Betty White Video

The Truth About Betty White Video April 26, 2017 Last year, the FCCG produced a long form interview with Betty White, who survived a brutal attack that almost took her life. And while we are not a non-profit committed to the epidemic of domestic violence, we took to the story because the assailant was Betty’s…read more

Can you Guess the Addiction

Can you Guess the Addiction March 31, 2017 Each year, during the month of March, organizations from around the country combine their efforts to raise awareness concerning problem gambling. During this time of year, Americans see just how much gambling is ingrained in our culture. Combine football’s big game with March Madness, and the first…read more

The Casino in Your Pocket

The Casino in Your Pocket March 14, 2017 Across the addiction arena, the goal of most recovery programs is abstinence. (We obviously understand certain addictions are excluded from the abstinence goal, such as food addictions.) Take, for example, Russell Brand. The English actor had quite a long history with substance abuse. Due to his outlandish…read more