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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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The (Becoming) Un-Hidden Addiction

In my last blog I listed some of positive outcomes that I have experienced during my first year working as the QCFE Program Director. One of the outcomes I mentioned was an increase in problem gambling awareness. That is, our community is becoming aware and knowledgeable that gambling can be a serious and tragic problem… Read more »

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QCFE Reflection – Our First Year

As we begin the New Year I feel grateful that I have the pleasure of revisiting a past year full of positive professional outcomes.  First and foremost we launched the Queens Center for Excellence—a 2-year pilot program created by the New York Council on Problem Gambling and aimed at addressing problem gambling in Queens County…. Read more »

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Effect on Family

Many people are used to sharing information that will help keep their family and friends safe. Often we not only talk about these things, but also text and email about them. We email links to “Things you should know…” and text warnings about upcoming events. It seems easy to understand why we do this—we want… Read more »

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Blog – Problem Gambling

There was a Public Service Announcements that used to play in the 1990’s. I don’t recall the video images, but I do clearly remember the concluding voiceover of the ad series, which always ended the commercial by soberly stating: “Nobody ever says: “I want to be addict.” I didn’t think too deeply about the commercial then. But… Read more »

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Growing Problem Gambling Awareness in Queens

Speaking as a long-time Queens resident I’d say there is a learning curve in our community’s understanding of problem gambling. Part of the reason this curve exists is because many Queens residents (like me) became intimate with gambling while experiencing our first, highly sensationalized, Casino opening.  Before that we had a well-known racetrack with its… Read more »

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What is Responsible Gambling?

Gambling is a pleasurable activity. So pleasurable that it has become a multibillion dollar entertainment industry.  But as is the case with some other pleasurable activities, there is the risk that we can become addicted to the pleasurable feelings produced.  Being aware that there are risks and that we can become unbalanced is a necessity… Read more »

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An Experiment In Awareness

Here’s a simple 2-part experiment for you:  Part 1 – The next time you are in a conversation—with family, friends, coworkers or even a friendly stranger—say something like “Drugs and alcohol can be addictive and there are a lot of people who have problems with drugs and alcohol” Part 2 – Make the same statement… Read more »

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How can it be an Addiction?

During a recent training event in which I was discussing the subject of helping problem gamblers, a participant scoffed and muttered something similar to: “Geesh, let em help themselves!” While I didn’t appreciate this disdain, I honestly did appreciate the blunt expression of his contrary opinion. It made the moment tense and a little unpleasant,… Read more »

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