March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
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About Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is an addiction that impacts millions of Americans each year, causing massive distress and hardship.

In past years, organizations around the country have focused on all aspects of gambling addiction. This March, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling will take a greater look into the financial impact problem gambling has on individuals, families, and society as a whole.

With gambling becoming readily accessible to massive amounts of people, we need to do more as a society to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are protected. Those negatively impacted by gambling need to be able to access the appropriate care and support.

What can we do?

We all play a part

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Here are some facts about problem gambling

119B
money lost gambling in 2014 (and yes, that's in the billions!)
75%
percent of gamblers who also have an alcohol disorder
51k
average debt of a problem gambler
80%
of the population has gambled in their lifetime

FCCG is a nonprofit dedicated
to helping gamblers REBUILD. RENEW. RESTORE.

Proclamations & Support

We would like to thank all of the following cities & groups for recognizing March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Cities: Dunedin, Tamarac, Mary Esther, Pembroke Pines, Cape Canaveral, Eatonville, Hypoluxo, Indialantic, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Largo, Lauderhill, Maitland, Melbourne, Naples, North Bath, Safe Harbor, Stuart, Cooper City, Coleman, Melbourne Village, Altamonte Springs, and Orlando.

Businesses/ Organizations/ Groups: St. Leo University, Calder Casino, Hialeah Park, Casino Miami, Gulfstream Park, Magic City Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, Isle Casino at Pompano Park, Eau Gallie Library, South Manatee Branch Library, Franklin DeGroodt Memorial Library, Carver Ranchers Branch Library, Madison Public Library, Merritt Island Public Library, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch, Broward County Library-Pompano Branch, Jupiter Branch Library, Richard C. Sullivan Public Library of Wilton Manors, White Springs Library, Lee County Library System, Rocky Bluff Branch, Fort Myers Regional Library, Suwannee River Regional Library, Lake Helen Public Library, William Beardall Senior Center, Winter Springs Senior Center, Hope Health Care Services, FIU Counseling & Psychological Services, Agency for State Technology, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Citrus, Edward Waters College, DeVry University-Orlando, Barry University-Miami Shores, Janet Gerner Center for Lifetime Learning at Palm Beach Community College, Sartory Senior Center, Santa Fe College- Gainsville, Hodges University, University North Florida, Florida State University, and University of Miami. (to see the complete list, click here).

Who are we?

We are the FCCG

Last year, our helpline rang over 8 thousand times, millions more have seen FCCG related content. Gamblers and their loved ones call often, desperately looking for help. While everyone’s story is unique, there is a common thread that links most callers. They are looking to reclaim their lives. They are looking to rebuild and desperately need to restore hope. A gambling addiction can be crushing- affecting interpersonal relationships, finances, & employment. Problem gambling has the power to wreck a home and drain a bank account. Our theme for this year’s PGAM is Rebuild. Renew. Restore. Our team works tirelessly to make sure that the millions of people who live in Florida have access to the help and resources they need. Serving a state of 19 million people isn’t easy but the FCCG staff does it with care, grace, and dignity. Meet our wonderful team!

Pat Fowler

Pat Fowler

Executive Director
Jennifer Kruse

Jennifer Kruse

Deputy Director
Brian Kongsvik

Brian Kongsvik

HelpLine Director
Alan Abrams

Alan Abrams

HelpLine Specialist
Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Digital Outreach
Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Director of Training
Mary Hutchinson

Mary Hutchinson

Administrative Assistant
Larry Eppstein

Larry Eppstein

Peer Connect

A gambling addiction can be hard to spot… So we are here to help.

Lying about gambling

Lying about gambling

Chasing your losses

Chasing your losses

Betty’s Story

Betty’s Story

Relational stress

Relational stress

Borrowing money

Borrowing money

Frequency & Money

Frequency & Money

The social costs of gambling are hidden to the extent that they are misunderstood or overlooked.

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Resources

Breadsticks and Debt

Breadsticks and Debt

Jul 10 2016

Breadsticks and Debt Suffering from a gambling addiction is a unique affliction on many fronts. Make no mistake, gambling is a behavior,…

Emotional Health and Resiliency

Emotional Health and Resiliency

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…

CME Module for Students!

CME Module for Students!

Mar 24 2016

CME Opportunity Problem gambling is a mental health issue that touches Floridians of all ages, ethnicities, and creeds. It is often referred…

PGAM Financial Debt & Budgeting Tool

PGAM Financial Debt & Budgeting Tool

Feb 25 2016

Rebuild. Renew. Restore. Gambling is often about money, actions, and feelings. Gambling related debt and financial problems are often major reasons that problem gamblers…

 

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