Shine the Light on Problem Gambling:
When Gambling is No Longer a Game…


888-ADMIT-IT is the Game Plan!

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling is known as the Hidden Addiction. Unlike other addictions, problem gamblers do not display physical signs. There are no “card marks” on their arms, no “roulette breath,” no “dice eyes,” and no saturation point. While visible symptoms are minimal, problem gamblers are often depressed, anxious, and may have suicidal thoughts. They often neglect family and friends, run up large amounts of debt, and may be involved in illegal activity in order to fund their addiction. Gambling addiction is a diagnosable and treatable mental health disorder. Help and hope are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We all play a part

Facts about problem gambling

$9B
the estimated social costs per year alone represent billions of dollars
810K
the estimated number of at-risk past-year problem gamblers (adults) in Florida
206K
Florida adults who are currently (past year) diagnosable as disordered gamblers
32%
increase in total contacts to the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine over the past year

 

48%
of problem gamblers started gambling before age 26
$47k
average debt of a problem gambler: $46,752
21%
of problem gamblers reported experiencing legal problems
54%
of online gamblers experiencing problems preferred sports betting

HELP AND HOPE ARE AVAILABLE: CALL 888-ADMIT-IT.
THE FCCG IS DEDICATED TO RAISING AWARENESS OF PROBLEM GAMBLING THROUGHOUT FLORIDA AND PROVIDING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO ANYONE SUFFERING FROM THIS HIDDEN ADDICTION.

We are the FCCG

Thousands of people contact the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) each year for help and information, and millions more have been exposed to the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine number and the services and resources the FCCG is able to provide to all Floridians.  A gambling addiction can be devastating.  This disease affects a person’s self-worth, their relationships with others, their financial livelihood – and while everyone’s story is unique, there is a common thread that links most callers.  They are looking for a way to get their lives back on track.  For over 30 years, the FCCG has been instilling hope and furnishing help to those affected by problem gambling. Serving a state of 21 million people isn’t easy, but the FCCG staff does it with care, grace, and dignity.

We’re spreading the word about Problem Gambling Awareness Month!

“Awareness Now” Guest Lecture at the University of Florida

“Awareness Now” Guest Lecture at the University of Florida

Sanford Mayoral Proclamation

Sanford Mayoral Proclamation

Good Morning, Seminole!

Good Morning, Seminole!

“Alive After 5” in Downtown Sanford

“Alive After 5” in Downtown Sanford

Gambling addiction can be hard to spot

Learn the signs

Need to gamble with increasing amounts to achieve the desired excitement.
Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling.
Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling.
Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling or planning future gambling).
Often gambling when feeling distressed.
After losing money gambling, often returning to get even. (This is referred to as "chasing" one's losses.)
Lying to hide gambling activity.
Risking or losing a close relationship, a job, or a school or job opportunity because of gambling.
Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling.

HEAR FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF PROBLEM GAMBLING

THE IMPACTS OF PROBLEM GAMBLING CAN BE DEVASTATING

Knowing what to look for isn’t enough.
People need help.

Our Services

Organizations from all over Florida are joining us in support of PGAM.

Interested in being a 2022 PGAM partner? Email us at pgam@gamblinghelp.org!

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