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

How Problem Gambling Awareness Fits Into National Men’s Health Month

June is also National Men’s Health Month, and perfect timing for a reminder to encourage the man or men in your life to take care of their bodies by eating right, getting sufficient sleep, engaging in exercise, and working to prevent disease. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness regarding preventable health conditions and seeking early detection and treatment of diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and depression. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon as a gentle reminder of its importance. So, planning activities and outings with these points in mind can be both helpful and enjoyable.  While gambling addiction is becoming more…read more

It’s PTSD Awareness Month: Here’s Why Problem Gambling Should Be Part of the Conversation

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some people develop after witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event, such as military combat, a national disaster, a car accident, violence or abuse, a major injury, or some other traumatic incident. June is PTSD Awareness Month in the United States, and it is important to openly discuss it, because similar to compulsive gamblers, persons struggling from the effects of PTSD frequently suffer in silence since their wounds are not frequently visible, and they too do not generally seek the necessary assistance. Among the general U.S. population, each year, there are an estimated 8 million adults who have PTSD, and…read more

Embracing Forgiveness Can Positively Change Your Life

Health studies show that people who are willing to forgive themselves and others are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. It can often be difficult for problem gamblers to ask for forgiveness because they do not feel worthy of it, experience deep levels of shame, regret, and sadness caused by their actions, offenses, or flaws that caused the anger or resentment in themselves and in others. At the same time, it can be equally challenging for loved ones to be receptive to the concept of forgiveness. However, it is imperative to embrace forgiveness, even when one or others do not feel it is worthy. Otherwise, it can hold…read more

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 what might already be a serious problem. Others may try gambling for the first time and develop an unhealthy relationship right from the start, leading to a downward spiral.. Major changes in life can drive older adults to spend too much time and money on gambling; older people tend to be “vulnerable to gambling-related problems…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 that stem from problem gambling can disrupt all areas of life, including one’s career, with direct impacts on the workplace too. Did you know that each case of gambling addiction affects an average of 8-10 people beyond the gambler? Loved ones such as family and friends often feel the most direct impacts, but employers and…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 continued gambling; legal consequences like foreclosure, eviction, and divorce; and homelessness. Not surprisingly, mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideation and attempts often accompany problem gambling due to the immense pressure placed on the individual and those closest to them. That’s why it’s imperative that we take time to recognize gambling addiction…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 and continue to wager without considering the far-reaching consequences in order to stay “in the action” or to escape other problems. Because of this, the gambler’s family is often at the mercy of their addiction.  Over the past year, half (50%) of those contacting Florida’s 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine reported there were household gambling related…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 exacerbated the severity of family violence according to Jacky Mulveen, project manager of Women’s Empowerment and Recovery Educators: “It gives [the abuser] more tools, more chances to control you. The abuser says, ‘You can’t go out; you’re not going anywhere,’ and the government also is saying, ‘You have to stay in.’” [2] There are 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 from the FCCG’s 24-hour HelpLine, in 2019-2020, a large percentage of problem gamblers are reported to have difficulty paying household bills (67%), have gambled and lost their savings (65%), and have even sold or pawned possessions to get money to continue gambling (50%, reflecting a 7% increase from the prior year’s data). The average amount…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 has upon individuals and families. In educating those affected about the services and supports available for problem gambling, such as treatment referrals, self-exclusion resources, financial and legal supports, literature, and others, we have to first understand how problem gambling affects people in different ways. For instance, prior-year 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine data shows that female problem gamblers…read more