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

These are Not the Only Players in the Game

Football is here in full force! The preseason rankings are starting to show their true colors, and the top teams in both pro and college leagues are being defined. You can still count on plenty of upsets throughout the remainder of the season, but even the pundits can’t predict when or how they will happen….read more

World Suicide Prevention Day: #BeThe1To Make a Difference

Suicide: A Growing Health Concern Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate against age or ethnicity and can impact anyone regardless of their social or economic status. In Florida, it is believed that one person dies by suicide every three hours. Unfortunately, that number is rising.1 While there is no single cause…read more

Super Mario™ Slot Machine Toy is Inappropriate in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling by calling upon Nintendo® of America and McDonald’s® to stop marketing their Slot Machine Super Mario™ toy to children in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®. Today, Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), joined the National Council on…read more

The Kids are Back in School. Here’s How They May Be Exposed to Gambling.

There is no question about it – kids love summer break! While your little ones aren’t always excited about the beginning of the new school year, it may bring peace to your daily schedule. For you and your children, “Back to School” is an annual tradition of transition. Whether it’s moving up a grade or…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 the Superbowl with March Madness, and the first quarter…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

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month February 28, 2017 Each year, the addiction community takes the month of March to recognize the impact that problem gambling has on the general public. Non-profits, just like us, around the country engage in a collective mass effort with the goal being spreading awareness about problem gambling. While just…read more

TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE GAME

TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE GAME February 20, 2017 Taco Bell was one of the first companies that let people order on an app. What they found is shaping the mobile consumer experience. Bloomberg Business Week reported, when Taco Bell introduced a food-ordering app last year, the chain figured it could speed up service for customers and…read more

Superbowl. Super Betting.

Superbowl. Super Betting. Feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help. January 31, 2017 The Superbowl is just around the corner. The media circus that surrounds America’s largest one-day sports event seems to grow larger each year. Companies will likely spend over 3 million dollars for a thirty second advertising spot. Everything is bigger when it…read more

Gambling Addiction Treatment Options

Gambling Addiction Treatment Options January 11, 2017 Problem gambling is an issue that affects millions of people all over the United States each year. Problem gambling is an equal opportunity condition; it knows no race, color, or creed. Truth is, gambling addicts come from all walks of life. Among all addictions, gambling is most unique. It…read more