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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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Program Growth

As we set course for state expansion I find myself looking back at the process of building the QCFE Program with a definitive feeling of pride. I will admit, I often feel pride, although not always consciously or for noble reasons. But the pride I feel for the QCFE is work is different. It is… Read more »

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Blog Basics – Gambling Availability

Statistics tell us that most individuals over the age of 18 have gambled at least once in their lives. For most of these people gambling is simply a fun social activity. For a few it is an intense interest. But for some individuals gambling can lead to a problem. When this occurs these individuals not… Read more »

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Modern Gambling

Modern Gambling As a teenager growing up in Queens, NY, often riding the Q11 Bus from Queens- to Rockaway-Blvd, I got various glimpses of the signs for and symbols of gambling whenever my girlfriend would drag me to shop at the Aquaduct Flea Market. I can recall passing the corner OTB Shop as we went… Read more »

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Why Problem Gambling is so Scary

THE SCARIEST ADDICTION I often think to myself that problem gambling may be the scariest of all “addictions”. Sometimes I think this when I read scary stats, like the fact that that suicide is more common among problem gamblers than any other addiction–combined. Most often I have this thought when I learn about losses of… Read more »

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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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