888-ADMIT-IT Helpline Innovates Online Support Program to Help Problem Gamers in Partnership with Seminole Tribe of Florida
As technology changes the way we play, the support programs available to people with gambling problems are also evolving with new and innovative solutions.
SANFORD, Florida (PRWEB) September 20, 2021
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) is launching a new Free Online Program for Problem Gamblers (OPPG), created with support from the Florida Seminole Tribe Partnership.
Floridians can now immediately access interactive online support, on demand. No insurance is required and no additional payment for in-person services is charged.
Designed using the latest scientific advances, combined with data generated from decades of helping problem gamers, the FCCG’s OPPG program provides meaningful and effective ways for Florida people to get help.
“We want to lead the way in advancing the problem gambling support services available in the United States,” said Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of FCCG. “And we’re proud of our nearly 30-year relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming. Without them, we couldn’t have created this program.”
The 8-week online program, accessible through the CSCF 24-hour helpline (888-ADMIT-IT), allows the user to self-paced exercises, videos and readings, while that interactive quizzes provide individual feedback on participants’ mental health outcomes authorized. professionals.
Drawing on research in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, mental health and compulsive gambling, the core content of the program has been developed by many of the world’s leading experts, incorporating interventions demonstrated to help patients. compulsive gamblers get a path to recovery.
“This program is rooted in FCCG’s extensive experience with problem gamers, drawing on data from 30 years of helpline management for one of the largest states in the United States,” said said Dr. Rory Reid, research psychologist and international certified gambling counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience with problem gamblers. “The content targets important issues facing problem gamers.”
The OPPG removes the barriers that prevent people from seeking traditional face-to-face support services, including costs, travel times, remote geography, childcare issues, gambling stigma, learning methods and privacy concerns.
“One of the big global questions in gambling is, ‘Why aren’t more people with problems looking for gambling support services? “The Florida Council’s OPPG is meeting this challenge head-on,” said Paul Pellizzari, vice president of global social responsibility for Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International.
OPPG’s release marks Responsible Education Awareness Week, September 19-25, an annual national event promoted by the American Gaming Association. FCCG, Florida’s authority on gambling addiction issues, will visit all six Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock casinos in Florida to promote OPPG and other services as part of Seminole Gaming and Hard’s PlayersEdge program. Rock, which includes ongoing efforts to educate the casino. employees who interact with players.
In addition to the new online program, CSCF’s 24-hour, confidential, multilingual hotline provides numerous resources for players, their families and others in need of assistance, including referrals to:
- Professional treatment services provided by certified gambling addiction mental health professionals
- Self-help group options
- Self-exclusion programs for land and online forms of gambling, including cryptocurrency and stock trading
- Resources to limit access to cash and restrict transaction authorizations
- Self-help literature
“OPPG is another way to offer hope for positive change,” Ms. Kruse said. “Problem gamblers can better understand their behavior, improve emotional regulation, develop lasting personal coping strategies, and reduce the shame often associated with the disorder.”
Compulsive or problem gambling is classified as a behavioral addiction by the American Psychiatric Association, and research shows this disorder to be similar to substance-related disorders based on brain origin, physiology, association with others. mental health issues and treatment.
Gambling addiction is treatable for those seeking help. For anyone needing assistance, contact the FCCG 24/7 helpline 888-ADMIT-IT by phone (888-236-4848), SMS (321-978-0555), e-mail (fccg @ gamblinghelp.org), chat (gamblinghelp. .org) or social media (for example, Facebook and Twitter) and by downloading the 888-ADMIT-IT mobile app. Each contact is completely free and confidential, and multilingual support is available.
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