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

Avoiding the big game like the plague… Inside the mind of a recovering sports gambler

Avoiding the big game like the plague… Inside the mind of a recovering sports gambler February 3, 2015 In just a few days, millions of people will tune in to watch a single event. It goes without saying, each year the NFL’s big game is the single most viewed sporting event on planet Earth. The country will turn its eyes towards San Francisco to watch the Panthers face off against the Broncos.  It’s not just a big event, it’s a big business. This year a 30 second commercial will cost 5 million dollars. And money isn’t just being spent on ads, chips, dip, and beer. The biggest game of the…read more

Dreaming of a 1.3 Billion Dollars Jackpot Makes Recovery Difficult…

Dreaming of a 1.3 Billion Dollars Jackpot Makes Recovery Difficult… January 11, 2015 The Powerball has made real headlines of late. As the record setting jackpot eclipses 1.3 billion dollars, Americans everywhere dream about what they would do with a lifetime of money. But before you go ahead and blow your next paycheck trying to become the country’s next Powerball winner, first consider the odds of winning. The odds of hitting the jackpot are roughly 1 in 293 million. Here are some things that are slightly more likely to happen: Have an IQ of 190 or greater (1 out of 107 million) Give birth to quadruplets, even without the help…read more

A New Year, a New You

A New Year, a New You December 31, 2015 As 2015 comes to a close, it is the perfect time to sit and reflect. What was your resolution last year? Did you keep it? If not, what road blocks got in the way? 2015 was an action packed year. It was a year that saw the rise of extreme terrorist groups and continued attacks around the world but it also saw its share of triumphs and uplifting stories like Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and the U.S. Women’s Soccer team’s victory in the World Cup. On the home-front, our political and social climate seems more charged than ever. In fact, if you were to watch…read more

The Holidays Were Supposed to be Fun….

The Holidays Were Supposed to be Fun…. December 15, 2015 The holiday season is synonymous with cheer, joy, and family. Every year, millions of people come together in celebration. Whatever your creed is, the holiday season is usually a time for joy. However, there is an unspoken truth that clouds the holiday season. The holidays aren’t all smiles, hugs, and warm eggnog for some people. When I worked as a counselor, it was shocking hearing about all the hardships the holiday season brought upon people. Consider this, roughly half of American marriages end in divorce. Many of these marriages produce children who have to split time between parents. Depending on…read more

Responsible Gift Giving

Responsible Gift Giving December 2, 2015 Santa Says Give Responsibly. The holiday season is upon us. If you have survived Black Friday but aren’t done shopping, we have an important message for you. Give responsibly this holiday season! Everyone loves giving and receiving gifts but there are some parameters to consider when gifting. Make sure your gifts are appropriate. There are some gifts that just don’t make sense for some people. I bought my Mom a toaster one year as a Christmas gift. This was in part because ours was broke and as a wise guy teenager, I thought it would be funny to get her a toaster. My odd sense…read more

You are an addict… shhhh…

You are an addict… shhhh… November 15, 2015 If you struggle or know someone who struggles with addiction you understand the culture of silence that surrounds the topic. There is a shame and guilt that comes along with being an addict. While strides have been made in openly talking about addiction, one cannot deny that it is still taboo to talk about it. I just finished watching a wonderful film called I Smile Back featuring renowned comedian Sarah Silverman. While comedy is her speciality, this movie is far from funny. It is a serious depiction of what it is like to live with mental illness and addiction. Silverman’s character, Laney,…read more

Addiction Through the Eyes of a Poker Dealer

Addiction Through the Eyes of a Poker Dealer October 31, 2015 The universe has a funny way of working out. Recently, I was fortunate enough to play in a charity golf event that benefited abused children. Aside from playing a quality golf course for a great cause, I was paired up with two strangers. One of my playing partners was a forensic accountant. The other, a poker dealer. Of all the people to play golf with, I got paired with a professional poker dealer. Naturally I couldn’t help but inquire about his job, the characters he has met and all of the things he has witnessed over the course of…read more

Domestic Violence – A Well Defined Problem with Foggy Solutions

Domestic Violence A Well Defined Problem with Foggy Solutions October 15, 2015 Every nine seconds a woman is beaten in America. That’s right, in America. By the time you are done reading this blog post, about 7-9 women will have been physically assaulted in the United States. We live in one of the most advanced, industrialized countries in the world and for all of our grandeur, for all of our equality, our world is still not a safe world for women. As I write this blog I count 12 women in my field of vision at Panera Bread. The National Domestic Violence Hotline says that 1 in 4 women have been the victim of…read more

The NCAA Cracks Down on Fantasy Sports

The NCAA Cracks Down on Fantasy Sports September 30, 2015 40 million Americans play fantasy sports. That number includes scores of college athletes. Call it the Pete Rose affect, but there is a general distaste for the of athletes partaking in gambling. The NCAA recently took a stand against fantasy sports, barring their players from participating in any fantasy sports game. Players who violate the NCAA bylaw will be subject to a year long suspension. The different responses towards the NCAA’s ruling have been interesting. Some declare the NCAA ruling a step in the right direction, a sign that institutions are beginning to call for restrictions and oversight into the…read more

What to expect when you first call

What to expect when you first call September 15, 2015 For gamblers, the decision to enter into recovery is often not an easy one.  We live in a culture that reinforces the concept of, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” Within the addiction realm, there is a quiet voice that addicts have to contend with, for gamblers, that voice sounds like this, “if you have a gambling problem, just stop gambling.” Addicts receive cultural messages that often make them think twice about seeking help. The seemingly taboo nature of asking for help is a major barrier that keeps people from seeking the help they need. For addicts, simply stopping on…read more