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…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….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…read more

Domestic Violence, it’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Domestic Violence, it’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think October 12, 2017 It’s October, which means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, The FCCG joins millions of other voices to raise awareness concerning the epidemic that is domestic violence as it has a strong correlation with problem gambling. Domestic violence is a…read more

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

Domestic Violence – A Well Defined Problem with Foggy Solutions

Domestic Violence A Well Defined Problem with Foggy Solutions October 15, 2015 Every nine seconds a woman is beaten in America. That’s right, in America. By the time you are done reading this blog post, about 7-9 women will have been physically assaulted in the United States. We live in one of the most advanced, industrialized…read more

The NCAA Cracks Down on Fantasy Sports

The NCAA Cracks Down on Fantasy Sports September 30, 2015 40 million Americans play fantasy sports. That number includes scores of college athletes. Call it the Pete Rose affect, but there is a general distaste for the of athletes partaking in gambling. The NCAA recently took a stand against fantasy sports, barring their players from…read more

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 addicts have to contend with,…read more

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. Actually that last sentence is…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