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How Gambling Can Rewire Your Brain

When you hear the word “addiction,” what comes to mind? The spotlight has been shined on the dangers of alcohol and drug addictions, and the signs and symptoms of these are relatively easy to spot. But the psychological mechanisms of addiction do not require a substance. An addiction is a brain disorder where an individual compulsively seeks rewarding stimuli – things that make them feel good – without regard to the consequences. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reclassified [...]

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Why Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a Big Deal

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a big deal here at the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. We are joined by organizations from around the country to raise awareness on the issue of problem gambling in addition to prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout the month of March. So what is problem gambling? Your first thought might be to imagine the financial stress that comes along with the risks of gambling, but that’s not the whole picture. Digging out of financial problems doesn’t mean [...]

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Think You Know March Madness? Get to Know PGAM.

March marks the beginning of Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Organizations from around the country partake in this grassroots campaign to help raise awareness concerning the issue of problem gambling. March also marks the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA’s largest sporting tournament when basketball teams from around the country compete for a national championship. Betting on the games is big business. The NCAA tournament now ranks second to only the Super Bowl in terms of betting and seems to be gaining ground in [...]

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Join Us in PGAM!

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). At its core, PGAM is a grassroots campaign that relies on a wide range of organizations from different industries to help raise awareness for the issue of problem gambling. As the conversation regarding mental health in the United States begins to intensify, it’s important that the gambling addiction treatment community has a voice. Some main goals of PGAM’s national campaign are: To increase public knowledge regarding problem gambling with a focus on awareness, prevention, and treatment options. To encourage [...]

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) supports the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) during their annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). NDAFW brings teens and scientific experts together to discuss the scientific facts about drugs, as well as their potential health effects on teen bodies and brains.  Held the last week of January every year since 2010, NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to [...]

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