DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS BECOME A TRIGGER!

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DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS BECOME A TRIGGER!

Post by Administrator » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:01 pm

As families prepare to come together and enjoy the holidays, it is important to be aware that this time can also bring added stress to those struggling with a gambling addiction.

Gifts
We encourage everyone to be mindful that gifts of cash and lottery tickets can be tempting to problem gamblers. If you know someone is struggling with their gambling, these gifts should be avoided even for other family members.
Lottery tickets have become popular stocking stuffers for people of all ages. It is important to keep in mind that the legal age to play the lottery is 18 years old. Research has shown that the younger a person begins to gamble, the greater the risk for the onset of a gambling addiction.

Finances
Because problem gambling can cause such devastation to personal finances, the pressure of gift giving can cause depression or anxiety to those in recovery. These feelings can cause problem gamblers to relapse as they feel it is the only way to afford presents for loved ones. Be considerate of each person’s individual situation and don’t require gift exchanges.

Conflict
Problem gamblers often neglect their families due to preoccupation with gambling. This can cause increased conflict over the Holidays. Remember that open GA meetings are available as well as Gam-Anon to help anyone that is negatively affected from problem gambling. If you are unsure about a meeting location near you, please contact the FCCG 1-888-ADMIT-IT

Help Is Available For Those Affected By Problem Gambling

The New Year is right around the corner, and what better resolution than to get help for a gambling problem.
Did you know that each problem gambler affects 8-10 people? This can include spouses, children, employers, etc. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling offers anyone affected by Problem Gambling a wide variety of resources based on your individual needs.

These resources include self-help groups, peer support, population specific literature, financial and legal assistance, and even individual counseling with a counselor specializing in gambling addiction.
All of these resources and many more are available through 1-888-ADMIT-IT.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848)

Live Chat at www.gamblinghelp.org
Text to 321-978-0555
Email to FCCG@gamblinghelp.org

The FCCG Wishes You and Your Family a Happy Holiday Season!

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