For National Senior Health and Fitness Day, Learn How Problem Gambling Can Affect Older Adults

Though gambling addiction is serious for anyone affected, different factors come into play for older adults. Retirees have plenty of leisure time on hand, and unfortunately, those who have a problem with gambling will see this as an opportunity to spend even more time and money at casinos or on other types of gambling, worsening…read more

Problem Gambling Awareness Matters, Even in the Workplace: Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

The month of May is recognized as Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM), an annual awareness event which aims to “promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments” [1]. Problem gambling can affect anyone from any age, gender, background, or ethnicity. The issues…read more

Why Mental Health Awareness Month Must Include Recognition of Gambling Disorder

Problem gambling was first classified as a psychiatric disorder in 1980[1]. Currently, gambling disorder is classified in the DSM-V as a behavioral addiction characterized by the inability to stop gambling. Those who suffer from gambling disorder experience a wide range of severe life impacts, including significant levels of debt; relationship problems; illegal acts to fund…read more

For National Financial Literacy Month, Let’s Talk About the Crippling Debt That Can Result from Problem Gambling

It is no secret that problem gambling can lead to financial problems. According to Debt.org, 85% of adults in the United States have gambled at least once in their life, and some 23 million Americans go into debt because of gambling. [1] Those suffering from a gambling addiction have become desensitized to taking financial risks…read more

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and a Good Time to Recognize the Domestic Impacts Problem Gambling Can Have

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? The COVID-19 pandemic has, among its long list of detrimental effects, increased the rate of domestic partner violence. Police departments from around the country noted upticks in domestic violence incidents following the start of the pandemic. [1] Not only that, but the health crisis also…read more

How Money Smart Week Factors Into Problem Gambling Prevention

Money Smart Week is an annual awareness event designed to raise financial literacy, which, when paired with an understanding of what constitutes gambling, can help prevent the development of gambling addiction. Financial literacy is described as the education and knowledge of how money can be earned, saved, spent, and invested properly.  According to data compiled…read more

The Goals of Women’s History Month and Problem Gambling Awareness Month Go Beyond March

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) and Women’s History Month both happen in March, but that doesn’t mean the importance of these recognitions end there. It is always in our best interests to honor the contributions of women to history, culture, and society and likewise, to identify and raise awareness about the impacts that gambling addiction…read more

The Connection Between March Madness and Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) coincides with March Madness, the popular NCAA basketball single-elimination tournament, and this is not by accident. Collectively, the games in the tournament will attract more in wagers than even the NFL’s Big Game. Following 2020, when March Madness was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports bettors are eager to…read more

Why Our Theme for Problem Gambling Awareness Month is “Shine the Light on Problem Gambling: Changing the Game”

On the one-year anniversary since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S, we can reflect on how this new way of life has affected the issue of problem gambling. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this period has been our commitment to serving Florida by providing hope and help for those affected by gambling…read more

Celebrating Black History Month to Raise Awareness About Problem Gambling Prevention

As we honor the history, traditions, and progress of all Black Americans during Black History Month, we must also recognize the challenges, including problem gambling. Problem gambling has many effects on an individual’s life, including but not limited to financial, relational, mental, and physical impacts. Consequences exist, such as elevated rates of anxiety, mood, and…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

Stages of Change

Stages of Change May 19, 2017 When it comes to addiction, making a change can be hard. However, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gamblings’ 888-ADMIT-IT Helpline is here for problem gamblers and their loved ones who are looking to make a change in their lives.  The decision to reach out and request help is just…read more

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling April 28, 2017 Problem gambling is a diagnosable and treatable disorder that appears in the DSM-5, which is a publication that mental health clinicians use for identifying presenting mental health issues. People that are diagnosed as having a gambling disorder often do not just suffer from a gambling addiction. According to…read more