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

National Take a Break Day – 7 Things you can do Instead of Gambling

National Take a Break Day – 7 Things you can do Instead of Gambling September 29, 2016   September 29 is National Take a Break from Gambling Day. As a nonprofit that helps Floridians who are negatively impacted by problem gambling, we encourage people to think of alternative and healthy ways to spend their day instead of gambling.   We are…read more

Suicide & Problem Gambling

Suicide & Problem Gambling September 6, 2016 When people think about dangerous addictions, they immediately turn to heroin, cocaine, bath salts or other hard drugs. And while those drugs definitely carry with them an extreme degree of risk, when it comes to addiction there is another player in the lethality category. Gambling. If you are…read more

Debt and Gambling

Debt and Gambling August 22, 2016 In our last blog post, we spoke about understanding the human side of gambling. Metadata will paint the picture as to the scope of the problem and its place in society. For example, if you were to learn that just 900 people report being addicted to Pokemon Go, in…read more

The Importance of the Betty White Story

The Importance of the Betty White Story August 10, 2016 A little over a year ago, we produced a video detailing one woman’s account of living with a gambling addict. Betty White, a native of Tennessee, survived a deadly attack from her husband, who was suffering from a gambling addiction. In just one year, our…read more

Fantasy is Around the Corner!

Fantasy is Around the Corner! July 27, 2016 August is coming up on us quickly, which means the fantasy football season is lurking around the corner. In just a few weeks, your news feeds will begin to be populated with football news and fantasy advice. In the last 5 years, fantasy sports have seen an explosion in…read more

Breadsticks and Debt

Breadsticks and Debt July 10, 2016 Suffering from a gambling addiction is a unique affliction on many fronts. Make no mistake, gambling is a behavior, and like many other process addictions, individuals are compelled to do engage in the act. Consider this, you are out at dinner and the restaurant you are dining at this…read more

Mental Toughness and Recovery

Mental Toughness and Recovery June 22, 2016 Having recently caught a re-run of Lone Survivor, it got me thinking about the concept of mental toughness. In the movie, mental toughness is on full display throughout the film. One of the first displays of mental toughness was the moment before they were set to engage the enemy…read more

Emotional Health

Emotional Health May 31, 2016 Consider this narrative: you are sleep deprived, over worked, and can’t seem to outrun your stress. After several days of feeling run down, you fall ill. For many of us, this happens a few times a year. We don’t take care of our basic needs, leaving the door open for…read more

4 Useful Tips for Helping Someone with an Addiction

4 Useful Tips for Helping Someone with an Addiction May 24, 2016 Dealing with someone who is suffering from an addiction is not easy. Addicts are often masters of deception and manipulation. There is a craft to hiding and protecting an addiction, and most addicts have mastered it. However, there are some things you can…read more

Is Social Media Causing You to Become an Addict?

Is Social Media Causing You to Become an Addict? April 29, 2016 Most all American’s carry a small computer in their pocket. The modern smartphone is nothing short of amazing. The computing power, capability, and speed of your standard iPhone dwarfs that of an expensive desktop just 8 years ago. With all that speed and…read more