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Cause for Concern: Gaming, Gambling & Technology

As in so many other areas of modern life, the power of technology is quickly transforming both the industry and experience of gambling. However, this technology is not only changing the corporate business and personal pleasures of gambling, it is also enabling them to expand and overlap with what were previously non-gambling experiences.   One… Read more »

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Help Explanation

At the QCFE we constantly use the term “Help” in both the common description and day-to-day operations of the QCFE. We use the term not only to refer to the calls, texts and emails we receive (“Help Requests”), but also as the simplest summary of the services we offer. We are, as our motto says:… Read more »

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My Most Vivid Memory of 2016: Mothers

The most vivid memories I have from my past year at the QCFE are the mothers. Many mothers, from many parts of my borough, representing various cultures, speaking several different languages, but all calling to tell me that their son or daughter has a gambling problem. In many of these cases I can vividly remember… Read more »

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Underage Gambling – What are they thinking?

In this blog we will explore the topic of underage gambling. As we conduct this exploration I think we will find that even with legal restrictions set in place, underage gambling is a serious challenge that should be addressed by parents, educators and the community at large. Understanding Teen Behavior The difficulty of understanding teenage… Read more »

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Underage Gambling

The modern world we inhabit continually offers us what can be reasonably be described as an ever-increasing, almost unfathomable, variety of entertainment choices.  These choices are presented to the public and compete for their attention using various strategies ranging from internet advertising, traditional commercials like TV and Billboards, word-of-mouth and various other means. One of… Read more »

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Recognition of Problem Gambling

Recognizing that you or someone you know may have a gambling problem can sometimes be a great challenge. Part of the reason it can be a challenge is because of how gambling is viewed in mainstream society, especially in comparison with other forms of addiction. This view is itself related to the wide variety of… Read more »

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QCFE – What Help Means

Did you find this experience helpful?  That is the standard last question I ask when processing a caller’s QCFE “Help Request”. At that point we have discussed their particular circumstances and concerns, reviewed resource options and decided upon a basic plan, which in some cases can certainly qualify as a strategy for help.  But what exactly… Read more »

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Sure Bet

Ask any legitimate fan and they will tell you that the most entertaining aspect of recent mixed martial arts is the fact that the past year has been filled with a continued series of jaw-dropping, odd-defying outcomes; what sports fans call an “upset” and many of these upsets at the championship level. Arguably the most… Read more »

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May 23rd 2016

We like winning because winning feels good. Just consider the natural physical energy we feel when we win and the common pleasure of games, trophies, prizes. From growing child to aging adults, human beings clearly have the capacity to receive intense pleasure from winning. Our brains release dopamine when we win and can provide intense… Read more »

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Continue The Conversation

I liked this year’s Problem Gambling maxim as soon as I read it and more and more as I reflected on it. It is short and simple, but its three words so aptly and poignantly describe the purpose and performance of the QCFE that they read like a personal message to me, because it is… Read more »

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