Una Razón para Ser Agradecido

Noviembre está aquí y el inicio de la temporada navideña comienza esta semana. Ahora es una oportunidad perfecta para tomar un momento de pausa para reconocer a las personas y las cosas por las que estamos agradecidos en nuestras vidas. Si usted o alguien que conoces se está recuperando de un problema de juegos compulsivos, hay mucho por lo que estar agradecido. Por otro lado, si usted o un ser querido necesitan ayuda, esté agradecido y consuélese sabiendo que nunca es demasiado tarde para comenzar el camino hacia la recuperación. Liberarse de las cadenas de una adicción al juego compulsivo puede cambiar la vida del jugador y sus familias. Los…read more

A Reason to Be Grateful

November is here and the onset of the holiday season begins this week. Now is a perfect opportunity to take a moment of pause to acknowledge the people and things we are grateful for in our lives. If you or someone you know is in recovery from a gambling problem, there is much to be thankful for. On the other hand, if you or a loved one are in need of assistance, be grateful, and take comfort knowing that it’s never too late to begin the path to recovery. Being set free from the chains of a gambling addiction can be life-changing, for the gambler and their families. Loved ones…read more

La Importancia de Estar Atento al Fraude

La Semana Internacional de Concientización sobre el Fraude se reconoce del 14 al 20 de Noviembre de 2021, aunque el fraude es un tema al que hay que prestarle atención durante todo el año. El fraude, como el juego compulsivo, afecta a personas de todos los orígenes y condiciones sociales, y puede presentarse de diferentes formas. Es importante saber cómo se presenta el fraude, y los pasos que se pueden tomar para evitar exposiciones. Según el CEO Bruce Dorris, JD, CFE, CPA, de la Asociación de Examinadores de Fraude Certificados, “Ya sea un empleado de confianza que roba a una pequeña empresa, o bandas organizadas de estafadores que apuntan a…read more

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

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 the number of participants. Last August, the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker projected about 75 million Americans will play fantasy sports, which is roughly one third of the population. Of those 75 million participants, 22 million are women. With the advent of the smartphone, people now have the ability to wager large amounts of…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 evening has unlimited bread and butter prior to your meal. Your server puts down the fresh, hot loaf and you immediately dig in. Being the smart consumer you are, you know that consuming bread is a major source of calories. You know you should not consume two entire loafs of bread on your own prior…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 forces. “Hey Mikey, I am about ready to punch that time card.” You can watch the clip here. The SEAL team sat patiently, knowing they were going to engage are enemy that was far greater than them in terms of numbers. Their mental toughness and belief in one another allowed them to wage a great…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 sickness. While the aforementioned example pertained to your physical health, people stand to benefit from taking steps to protect your mental and emotional health. When we are not emotionally healthy and well balanced, we open the door for addiction to move in. We all can take steps to ensure out emotional well-being. Just so we…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 do to protect yourself and benefit your loved one. Tip #1: Learn about addiction and treatment options There is so much information concerning addiction out there. In regards to problem gambling, take a moment and really understand what a gambling addiction entails and how it affects the individual and their families. You may think a…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 connectivity comes easy access to games, many of which simulate gambling. And while gambling is a recreational activity for many people, it begs the question- do online simulated gambling games increase the likelihood the user develops a problem gambling. Are certain users being conditioned to be addicts? Many of these games exist and are promoted…read more

A Quick Guide in How to Help a Problem Gambler

A Quick Guide in How to Help a Problem Gambler April 21, 2016 Over the course of the last month, we have received a lot of inquires about how to help someone with a gambling problem. Talking to someone that is not actively seeking treatment or help themselves can be challenging. Here is a roadmap to help along with some tidbits of information. You can’t make someone ready to change! Remember that even though a person’s gambling has affected you to the point where you’re ready for them to change, they might not be ready yet. You can offer support and seek professional help with how to proceed. Take a…read more

5 Questions March Madness is Leading You Down a Dark Path

5 Questions March Madness is Leading You Down a Dark Path March 31, 2016 Both Problem Gambling Awareness Month and March Madness are drawing near their natural conclusions. In the addiction arena, we have spent the month spreading awareness about how problem gambling impacts the lives of millions of Americans. With betting becoming more accessible, it’s important to talk openly and honestly about gambling. It seems there is no more perfect time to talk about gambling than during March Madness. In 2015, an estimated 40 million people filled out brackets. While most people enjoy the process safely and responsibly, some are not so lucky. Chemicals in the brain are activated…read more

Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month March 8, 2016 March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and with every March, the addiction support community rallies together in a grand push to raise awareness about a public health issue that has major impacts on our country. Millions of Americans are negatively impacted by problem gambling. Yet, it doesn’t get the same recognition as drugs and alcohol. In fact, there is a large sentiment that a gambling addiction is simply one displaying bad behavior. Those affected by problem gambling know this is far from the truth. A gambling addiction’s hold over a person can best be described as gripping, even all-consuming. It is not uncommon…read more

4 Things You Need to do Before Going to the Casino

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE GOING TO THE CASINO February 22, 2016   The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling recently participated as a vendor at the Dragon Parade, a community event in Orlando, Florida. The event was a celebration of Asian culture, and thousands of community members were in attendance. Of the many conservations we had with attendees, we found it interesting that two questions we were consistently asked. Question 1: Are you for or against gambling? Question 2: What kind of message do you have for people who do gamble? The answer to the first question is simple, we are gambling neutral. We realize that gambling is…read more