Your Mind Matters. Talk About It.

Your Mind Matters. Talk About It. October 2, 2017 Sadly, we kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week with a mass shooting. With each passing mass shooting, the conversation turns towards the issue of mental health. While we have no definitive proof that mental illness was a contributing factor to this tragedy —as it seems one…read more

Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide Prevention Week September 14, 2017 Suicide in the United States, especially when you factor in the standard of living and amenities provided for everyday Americans, is teetering on an epidemic. Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 3 decades, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in…read more

September is Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month September 5, 2017   The Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the driving force behind National Recovery Month which is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that proper treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental health and/or substance use disorder to live…read more

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mood for National Happiness Day

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mood for National Happiness Day August 11, 2017   National Happiness Day is celebrated in the beginning of August. Here are some simple tips you can implement to improve your mood and well-being.   Get Moving! Regular exercise has been linked to improved moods and overall health….read more

Big Losses, Fraud, and Problem Gambling

Big Losses, Fraud, and Problem Gambling August 11, 2017 While the average debt of our helpline callers is about $50,000, that is nothing compared to what some people have lost during bouts of high stakes gambling. Take Harry Kakavas for example. Kakavas made his fortune selling real estate on Australia’s Gold Coast and is considered…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

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 has similar parallels. These brain…read more

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 lost wasn’t the shocking part……read more

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. There is something therapeutic about…read more

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 tabled at events like this…read more

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 provides makes the actual process…read more

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 session that succeeded the…read more

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 is or does, let me…read more