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by Administrator
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: 2012-2013 HelpLine Statistics
Replies: 0
Views: 6186

2012-2013 HelpLine Statistics

Throughout the 2012/2013 fiscal year, FCCG staff responded to over 4,200 help or information contacts from individuals. This represents a 7% increase over last fiscal year. The majority of the contacts originated from Miami-Dade and Broward counties (33% combined). The top three primary problems cit...
by Administrator
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Seniors
Topic: Reaching out to older adults
Replies: 0
Views: 9854

Reaching out to older adults

The FCCG had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Central Florida Elder Abuse event in Oviedo this past week. This event drew organizations from all over the state to raise awareness about elder abuse. The FCCG was able to disseminate problem and compulsive gambling materials to seniors and other commu...
by Administrator
Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Gambling on the Horses-Bad Bet?
Replies: 0
Views: 8076

Gambling on the Horses-Bad Bet?

Some people may associate horse race gambling as something that is way past it’s prime. The truth is that it is still a major operation with hundreds of millions gambled on races each year here in Florida. Also, it can pose a significant threat to those who develop a gambling problem. For individual...
by Administrator
Fri May 13, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Older Adult Gambling-Not Child's Play
Replies: 0
Views: 7788

Older Adult Gambling-Not Child's Play

Problem and compulsive gambling can affect anyone at any age but for older adults, there are more triggers and negative consequences than any other population. Older adults may indulge in gambling for a variety of reasons. It could be the onset of retirement, the death of a loved one, boredom or lon...
by Administrator
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Chance for Change-Now in Audio format!
Replies: 0
Views: 10186

Chance for Change-Now in Audio format!

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is please to announce that their recovery workbooks "A Chance for Change" are now available in an audio format. This tool has been instrumental in the recovery of many gamblers and loved ones over the years. With topics being covered such as; finances, rela...
by Administrator
Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Beware the Ides of March (Madness)
Replies: 0
Views: 6557

Beware the Ides of March (Madness)

The March Madness tournament is comprised of several dozen of the best college basketball teams competing for the right to be crowned National Champion. This event is a big deal to basketball fans and to those people who gamble on sports. Avid fans will fill out their brackets in hopes of picking th...
by Administrator
Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Peer Connect Program
Replies: 0
Views: 6717

Peer Connect Program

The FCCG offers gamblers and loved ones the opportunity to speak with someone who is in recovery through the Peer Connect program. This resource is designed to offer additional insight into the recovery process to all individuals are are adversely affected by gambling. Once engaged, callers can shar...
by Administrator
Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Central Florida Teacher Admits Addiction to Gambling
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Views: 6315

Central Florida Teacher Admits Addiction to Gambling

A former Volusia County music teacher who investigators said confessed to having a gambling problem was arrested Wednesday on charges of pawning instruments that belong to University High School in Orange City. James Morris, 26, is charged with 14 felony counts of dealing in stolen property. The She...
by Administrator
Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Research
Topic: Internet Sweepstakes Centers
Replies: 0
Views: 6818

Internet Sweepstakes Centers

This data is based on 115 contacts received from July 1, 2009 to December 31st 2010 from people experiencing problems due to Internet Centers  Over the past 18 months, the FCCG has received 115 contacts from gamblers and loved ones who are experiencing gambling problems due to the Internet Sweepsta...
by Administrator
Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Loved Ones-The Forgotten Victims
Replies: 0
Views: 6541

Loved Ones-The Forgotten Victims

When you hear facts and statistics about compulsive gambling, most people think of the individual who is the gambler. The truth is, is that the loved ones of problem gamblers are just as adversely affected as the gambler. More times than not, the gambler does not realize the strain he or she is putt...
by Administrator
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Sports Wagering-A Growing Concern
Replies: 0
Views: 6130

Sports Wagering-A Growing Concern

Throughout the winter months, sports wagering is a major force on the gambling landscape culminating with the Super Bowl in early February. During December and January there is the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball among other organizations all active at the same time. This gives sports be...
by Administrator
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Research
Topic: Problem Gambling and Suicide
Replies: 0
Views: 6738

Problem Gambling and Suicide

 According to FCCG HelpLine statistics for fiscal year 2009/2010, 83% of gamblers were affected by depression and 81% were experiencing anxiety.  Suicidal ideations and/or attempts were confirmed in 11% of the help contacts.  A recent study indicates that older adults who ask to be barred from ca...
by Administrator
Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Money-The Gamblers Drug
Replies: 1
Views: 7234

Money-The Gamblers Drug

For an alcoholic, it’s the booze. For a junkie, it’s the heroin or cocaine. For the compulsive gambler, money is the drug. Money is the driving force in their life. With it, the gambler can stay in action, be numb to the rest of the world and hold on to the hope that the big jackpot is coming soon. ...
by Administrator
Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: News and Current Events
Topic: Gambling & Crime- Hand in Hand
Replies: 0
Views: 6204

Gambling & Crime- Hand in Hand

Problem and compulsive gambling can sometimes cause individuals to do things they would not ordinarily do such as commit illegal acts to fund their addiction. Often times, problem gamblers will start out writing bad checks which can turn to forging signatures on the checks of loved ones or friends, ...
by Administrator
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Research
Topic: Gambling, Problem Gambling, and Criminality
Replies: 0
Views: 7375

Gambling, Problem Gambling, and Criminality

The FCCG completed a groundbreaking new study which looked at the prevalence of gambling and gambling related problems among inmates in Florida. The most significant finding was that 17.4% of the inmates surveyed displayed signs of problem gambling. The Executive Summary below provides specifics on ...