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Warning Signs

Although I currently work in the mental health field a lot of my college study was focused on philosophy in art. These two subjects seem (and in many ways are) very different, but I don’t think they are as unrelated as surface appearance. For example, as I have worked with clients struggling with problem gambling,… Read more »

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QCFE Service

We recently received a call from an older, Spanish-speaking woman, residing in the Bronx and requesting help for the many problems caused by her problem gambling. We can call this woman “Sophia”. After listening to Sophia’s  story, we answered her questions and eventually made an appointment for her at our Jamaica location. Although our program’s… Read more »

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The Dynamic Power of Increasing Awareness

In teaching classes and giving presentations about problem gambling, I often say something like: “The purpose of the QCFE is”: (A) to increase awareness of problem gambling and (B) to offer help and hope to those affected by it In this blog I want to talk about the first of these two stated purposes—increasing or… Read more »

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Becoming Heroic Together

One of the most common ways we know that the villain of a story is truly villainous is when they directly threaten, not just the hero, but also the friends, family and/or entire world of the said hero. When this dramatic twist occurs in a book or movie we, as the audience, recognize that the… Read more »

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The Thrill of Riding Roller Coasters

First Question: Do you like to ride roller coasters?    Second question: Did you notice if reading the first question made you smile? (Please remember your answer). The first question is simple, the second one telling.   I think it is safe to say that some people love to ride roller coasters and some would never-ever… Read more »

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Facts of Life

Among the strange and frustrating facts of life is the fact that we humans can become addicted to the things that give us pleasure. I call this fact strange simply because it can happen.  I call it frustrating because it often does. My personal sense is that society used to associate and identify the issue… Read more »

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The Telos

The ancient Greeks had a very interesting idea that I have always been fascinated by—they called it “Telos”.  The basic idea involved the belief that all things in nature have an ideal version of themselves, which they can become when conditions are agreeable.  For example, when conditions such as natural environment are right a tiny… Read more »

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True Friends

Many of the people I speak with are motivated to contact me because of problematic circumstances resulting from problem gambling. These circumstances are always implicitly financial, but can also be legal, marital, familial, professional and of course emotional, in nature. These circumstances basically force the acknowledgement that they or someone they know needs help with… Read more »

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Help with Warning Signs

Gambling, like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes is sometimes a controversial legal activity.But how do you know if or when such an activity is becoming something more harmful? How do we know if the activity has crossed a dangerous line of unhealthiness and how does a concerned friend of spouse address it? When this type… Read more »

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Warning Signs

Gambling, like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes is sometimes a controversial legal activity.But how do you know if or when such an activity is becoming something more harmful? How do we know if the activity has crossed a dangerous line of unhealthiness and how does a concerned friend of spouse address it? When this type… Read more »

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