Posts Tagged: #ProblemGambling

The Importance of Being Attentive to Fraud

International Fraud Awareness Week is recognized November 14-20, 2021, though fraud is a topic to be attentive to year-round. Fraud, like problem gambling, affects people from all backgrounds and walks of life and can present in different forms. It’s important to know what fraud looks and sounds like, and steps that can be taken to avoid exposures. According to CEO Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, “Whether it’s a trusted employee stealing from a small business, or organized rings of fraudsters targeting seniors in our community…It is a serious problem that requires a proactive approach toward preventing it…”[1] At times, the person who perpetrated…read more

El Mes de la Prevención del Abuso de Sustancias destaca similitudes y diferencias con el juego desordenado

Octubre es el mes Nacional de Prevención del Abuso de Sustancias y, a menudo, es más fácil comprender el problema del juego comparándolo con el alcoholismo y la adicción a las drogas. Si bien las similitudes son muchas, existen algunas diferencias importantes que han hecho que el juego compulsivo sea más difícil de identificar y tratar. Para empezar, un trastorno del juego es una adicción oculta, por lo que es difícil de detectar porque no hay síntomas físicos externos visibles, como pupilas dilatadas. Además, el 100% de abstinencia es un gran desafío porque el dinero es la “droga” que alimenta la adicción. Los juegos de azar no requieren la ingestión…read more

Substance Abuse Prevention Month Highlights Similarities and Differences with Disordered Gambling

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and it is often easiest to understand problem gambling by comparing it to alcoholism and drug addiction. While the similarities are many, there are some important differences that have made compulsive gambling more difficult to identify and to treat.   For starters, a gambling disorder is a hidden addiction, so it’s difficult to detect because there are no visible outward physical symptoms, such as dilated pupils.  In addition, 100% abstinence is very challenging because money is the “drug” that fuels the addiction. Gambling requires no ingestion of chemicals, yet persons engaging in the activity frequently experience the same physiological “highs”. It is also true…read more

Octubre es un mes para honrar a los adultos mayores

Octubre es un mes para honrar a los adultos mayores. El 1 de octubre es el Día Internacional de las Personas Mayores, establecido por las Naciones Unidas (ONU), para crear conciencia pública sobre los problemas que afectan a las personas mayores. El tema de este año, Equidad digital para todas las edades, se centra en el crecimiento de Internet, las aplicaciones móviles y todas las herramientas para recopilar, almacenar, analizar y compartir información digitalmente [1]. Del 4 al 10 de octubre es la Semana del Envejecimiento Activo, que reconoce el envejecimiento y los beneficios de una vida activa a cualquier edad [2]. Ambos días festivos también muestran la capacidad de…read more

October is a Time to Honor Older Adults

October is a time to honor older adults. October 1st is International Day of Older Persons, established by the United Nations (UN), to raise public awareness about issues affecting the elderly.  This year’s theme, Digital Equity for All Ages, focuses on the growth of the internet, mobile applications, and all tools to collect, store, analyze, and share information digitally [1]. October 4th-10th is Active Aging Week, which recognizes aging and the benefits of active living at any age [2]. Both holidays also showcase the capability of senior citizens as fully participating members of society. While recognition of these holidays is important each year, they are particularly worthy of attention now…read more

888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine Breaks New Ground with Online Support Program to Help Problem Gamblers in Partnership with Seminole Tribe of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2021 CONTACT: Jennifer Kruse, (407) 865-6200 As technology changes how we gamble, support programs offered for those with gambling problems are also evolving with new and innovative solutions. SANFORD, Fla. — The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) is launching a new, no-cost Online Program for Problem Gamblers (OPPG), created with partnership support from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Floridians can now access online interactive support immediately, on-demand. No insurance is needed and no additional payments for in-person services are charged. Designed using the latest science, combined with data generated from decades of assisting problem gamblers, the FCCG’s OPPG program offers meaningful and effective ways…read more

La Recuperación Puede Tomar Muchas Formas Diferentes, ¡Siempre que Funcione para Usted!

“El Mes Nacional de la Recuperación (Mes de la Recuperación) es una celebración nacional que se celebra cada septiembre para informar a los estadounidenses de que el tratamiento por abuso de sustancias y los servicios de salud mental pueden permitir que las personas con un trastorno mental o por abuso de sustancias vivan una vida saludable y gratificante [1]”. Muchos estadounidenses están luchando contra los efectos del juego, las drogas y la adicción al alcohol, y aunque la mayoría puede requerir algún tipo de tratamiento, es importante saber que las vías de recuperación pueden variar de persona a persona. Más específicamente, una persona puede beneficiarse de una forma de tratamiento…read more

Recovery Can Take Many Different Forms – As Long as It Works for You!

“National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life [1].” Many Americans are struggling from the effects of gambling, drug, and alcohol addiction, and while most may require some form of treatment, it is important to know that the pathways to recovery can vary.  More specifically, while one person may benefit from one form of treatment and another may prefer another modality or a combination of options, the point is that one’s recovery is personal, so it needs to…read more

Floridians Urged to Put their Game Plan in Place for Football Season Kick Off with Buccaneers Home Opener

With just a few weeks to go, the NFL will launch its 102nd season on September 9th and with last year’s Super Bowl win, Florida football fans are urged to put their game plan in place for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home game. Given the upcoming kick-off, with teams scheduled to play 17 games each for the first time this year, while many fans are gearing up for the expansion of online sports wagering anticipated here in the Sunshine State, beginning as early as October 2021, for many recovering compulsive gamblers these changes can be unnerving. For problem gamblers who wager on sports or other things, watching football can serve…read more

In Honor of Social Wellness Month – Let’s Zoom in on Ourselves and Loved Ones

“The FCCG is embracing its new framework, ‘Healing One Day at a Time’ because the truth is that healing is a process that takes time, so it is essential that we remind ourselves and others that it is never too late to start the path to recovery, one day at a time.” ­­­­­­­­­­­July is Social Wellness Month and another reminder to ask ourselves if we are taking time out of our daily lives to nurture ourselves and those we care about.  Very often, when we are faced with trying times or get caught up in the pressures of everyday life, we tend to go into overdrive and react to presenting…read more