Posts Tagged: #ProblemGambling

Moving Forward with the Spirit of Those Who Gave All

First and foremost, the FCCG would like to pass on gratitude for those that gave ALL to support our freedoms and way of life. Without the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice, we would not be the great country that we are. As we remember the valor of our country’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day, let us also be inspired by their bravery to move through the challenges facing us today. An unprecedented pandemic has forced major changes on the world’s way of life, and many have struggled over the past few months. Emotional, mental, and financial problems are swelling. This is an especially scary time for families…read more

This May, Mental Health Month is More Important Than Ever

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) would like to spread a message of peace, harmony, and well wishes to those who need it most during this pandemic.   May is Mental Health Month and in 2020, that means more than ever. Over 47 million Americans suffered from diagnosable mental health disorders in 2018.[1]  These include depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD and a myriad of other issues.  Compounded by these unprecedented times everyone is going through, it is ever more important to take care of yourself and your mental well-being while being mindful that people you may come in contact with could be experiencing serious difficulties. For problem gamblers, the…read more

Older Americans Month: Resources for Coping with Problem Gambling and a Pandemic

May is Older Americans Month[1], and the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) has been and always will committed to helping our seniors get the help they need. There are currently 52 million Americans that are 65 years of age or older.[2] If you or someone you know is having problems with gambling, please call and share our 24/7, Confidential, and Multilingual Problem Gambling HelpLine at 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) to get connected with the resources described here and many more. These are hard times for many people. Unemployment is at a rate that rivals the Great Recession, food is scarce in supermarkets, and people are having to use savings and retirement…read more

Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence in Times of Crisis

These are trying times – not only for Floridians, but for people around the globe.  Being isolated and in “lockdown mode” can be a difficult experience.  It is important to keep staying positive and have hope that this will all be over sooner, rather than later. A troubling side effect – domestic violence is on the rise around the world.  Multiple states have shown a substantial increase in domestic violence calls over the last few months and unfortunately, this could be a trend that continues for some time. The United Nations raised the alarm that there has been “a sharp rise in domestic violence amid global coronavirus lockdowns.”[1] Recently, super-middleweight…read more

Florida’s 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine Expands Resources for COVID-19

We are still in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, and with the correlating increased risks for problem gamblers, there has never been a more important time for widespread public awareness that there is help and hope available through the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine – especially for those who are suffering alone right now, in silence.   Anyone needing problem gambling help should know that Florida’s 24/7, Confidential, and Multilingual Problem Gambling HelpLine remains fully operational, with support continuing uninterrupted and accessible, including by calling 888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848), texting to 321-978-0555, starting a live chat on gamblinghelp.org, and reaching out to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) on Facebook or Twitter. In…read more

Why This Year’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is Still Important

Did you know that we’re currently in the middle of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW)? NDAFW is an awareness event put on by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each year to fight the falsehoods that teens get from pop culture and their peers about drugs and alcohol. This year’s theme is “Shatter the Myths®” – a mission we can also apply to the myths surrounding problem gambling while raising awareness about the comorbidity of substance abuse and gambling addiction. This NDAFW is unique – no one could have predicted the COVID-19 public health crisis. While the novel coronavirus has the world’s attention right now, NDAFW…read more

COVID-19: Risks of Passing the Time with Online Gambling

With COVID-19 forcing everyone to stay inside and isolated, a lot of people are turning more to digital devices as forms of entertainment and discovering that many online pastimes contain elements of gambling. For many people, gambling is a safe recreational pastime. However, for some, it can turn into a dangerous addiction. From the man who spent $16k on Final Fantasy [1], to Japan having to crack down on digital slot machines [2], it can’t be denied that young and old alike can fall into problem gambling behavior when it is presented in a digital form. Even though online gambling is not legal in the state of Florida, many people…read more

Support Continues Uninterrupted

Given the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the measures and precautions we are taking at this time, and to reassure you that the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) will continue to provide uninterrupted problem gambling specific help and resources through our 24/7 confidential, multilingual 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine, through live chat on our website, or through HelpLine text at (321) 978-0555.   We, as a nation, have taken care to implement recent protective measures in response to COVID-19. These recent social changes can increase stress, both physically and mentally, and the FCCG will continue to be at the forefront of supporting the…read more

Tips for Loved One’s: Are You Affected by Someone’s Gambling Problem?

In celebration of the month of love, let’s discuss the reality of problem gambling in the household. Discovering that a loved one has a gambling addiction is a shock, and the ramifications can spread beyond emotional. You are not alone in this struggle. For every problem gambler, 8-10 other people are negatively impacted, including loved ones. This month we hope to share some of the signs to look out for, the steps that you can take to protect yourself, and the help and hope available for yourself and a loved one who may be suffering from gambling addiction. Recognizing the situation is key! Too often we find ourselves in denial…read more

Making the Rose Bowl Your New Year’s Day Tradition

There are countless New Year’s traditions from champagne toasts to watching the ball drop. For many Americans, New Year’s Day means settling down on the couch with friends and family to enjoy the Rose Bowl. This New Year’s tradition is increasing in popularity each year, with the 2019 game drawing in a record audience of more than 16.7 million viewers.1 The game has consistently increased in viewership year after year. The 2019 Rose Bowl saw a 7% increase in views from the 2017 game and a whopping 24% increase from the 2016 game. 1 The Rose Bowl appeals to a widespread and diverse audience, which makes it no surprise that it is becoming…read more