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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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The Power of Helping

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else – Booker T. Washington   “Here to Help.” The simple phrase is the motto and central theme of the QCFE. We chose this motto because it epitomizes our purpose and summarizes our organizational goal. Our various partners, certified therapists, related recovery groups, advisors, experts… Read more »

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New York’s Responsible Play Partnership brings community-based services for problem gambling to Queens

NY Council on Problem Gambling leads effort with Queens community to raise awareness of and increase access to treatment for problem gambling   New York’s Responsible Play Partnership, comprised of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substances Abuse Services (NYS OASAS), and the New York State… Read more »

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The QCFE Kiosk Display

One of the many things we do at the QCFE is place freestanding public displays which simultaneously publicize the existence of our program and offer takeaway literature on issues related to the subject of problem gambling. These issues, printed on 9”x 4” inch palm cards, explain what problem gambling is, who is at risk, how… Read more »

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