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    • APRIL 19, 2021
    Live a Less-Stressed Life

    Live a Less-Stressed Life

    Stress. It’s normal and no one is immune.  April is Stress Awareness Month, an annual campaign of awareness and education begun in 1992. This month, let’s take a moment to recognize that most of us feel, or have felt, stress in some way at some time in our lives, especially in these current times of

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    • APRIL 12, 2021
    Alcohol and Gambling Addiction – Not a Good Mix!

    Alcohol and Gambling Addiction – Not a Good Mix!

    Research shows that addictive disorders, such as pathological gambling and alcohol use disorders frequently co-occur at greater than chance levels. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national public health awareness campaign developed to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of alcoholism. Adding problematic gambling behavior into the mix of frequent alcohol consumption

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    • APRIL 6, 2021
    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Families, in any formation, are the core of our communities. It is through awareness, collaboration and support that we keep families and the communities they live in strong, healthy and vibrant.  This April, the Center joins the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Children’s Bureau to support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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    • APRIL 6, 2021
    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Families, in any formation, are the core of our communities. It is through awareness, collaboration and support that we keep families and the communities they live in strong, healthy and vibrant.  This April, the Center joins the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Children’s Bureau to support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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    • MARCH 17, 2021
    This March, take the “madness” out of gambling

    This March, take the “madness” out of gambling

    The 2021 NCAA basketball tournament begins on March 18th providing thrills and surprises for the next two weeks. Excitement is building, and part of the fun is completing tournament brackets, whether sponsored by an organization or through friends. Over 47 million Americans are predicted to bet on this year’s tournament, both legally and “illegally.” For

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    • MARCH 15, 2021
    Screen for Gambling Disorder

    Screen for Gambling Disorder

    It is important in address gambling behavior in substance use and mental health programs. Screening, although not a diagnosis, helps to identify individuals who should seek further assessment for potential gambling-related problems. Research also shows individuals with substance use and mental health disorders are at higher risk for having a gambling problem. Click Here to

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    • MARCH 1, 2021
    National Gambling Disorder Screening Day

    National Gambling Disorder Screening Day

    Gambling Disorder Screening Day is an annual one-day event on the second Tuesday in March, developed by the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction to educate and support health care providers in screening for Gambling Disorder. Screening, although not a diagnosis, helps to identify individuals who should seek.

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    • MARCH 1, 2021
    March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), held each March, is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign created and sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals on problem gambling.  The focus is to elicit discussions and to “Have the Conversation” about the risks of gambling, the signs

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    • FEBRUARY 8, 2021
    Family, Finances and Gambling

    Family, Finances and Gambling

    The first few months of every New Year brings a focus to finances and financial discussions, whether it’s in the context of a new year’s resolution or preparation to file taxes in the spring.  Financial discussions within the family may not always be easy, especially in this current time of heightened stress. Add into the

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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2021
    Ready for the BIG GAME this weekend? If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!

    Ready for the BIG GAME this weekend? If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!

    This weekend (Sunday, February 7, 2020) is football’s Big Game, one of the most celebrated sports events of the year.  It’s also one of the biggest sports events for placing a bet.  This year, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA) an estimated 23.2 million people in the U.S. will wager around $4.3 billion on

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    • JANUARY 15, 2021
    Mega Millions & Powerball Jackpots

    Mega Millions & Powerball Jackpots

    This weekend, Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are reaching record highs (estimated at $750 million and $640 million respectively). It could be a big win for a lucky individual – but for those struggling with problematic gambling behaviors, it’s an even bigger gamble. Click Here to learn more.

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    • DECEMBER 1, 2020
    ‘Tis the Season to Gift Responsibly

    ‘Tis the Season to Gift Responsibly

    At this gift-giving time of year, lottery scratch off tickets are a popular and easy gift to slip into a stocking or a present. Many view gifting lottery tickets as harmless fun for any age that adds a touch of excitement in the anticipation of possibly winning money. However, research shows that children who gamble

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    • NOVEMBER 1, 2020
    November is Veterans Awareness Month

    November is Veterans Awareness Month

    Gambling can be fun entertainment, but some, gambling can get of control and become an addition resulting in financial problems, legal issues, family/relationship conflict, and even suicide attempts. Nearly 10% of U.S. Veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. There are dedicated resources and “no cost” counseling for

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    • OCTOBER 1, 2020
    Children’s Health Month

    Children’s Health Month

    Children are vulnerable to stress and mental health problems from preschool through the high school years. A healthy childhood requires a balance of academics, fun activities, life skills, and other experiences to support healthy growth and development.  Children and families need to be supported through a health and wellness approach including social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual components.  However, in this current climate of a worldwide pandemic, maintaining a healthy environment of wellness is challenging for all families. During this current health crisis, activities now have to be redesigned and energies redirected. We need to evaluate and maintain a healthy and balanced environment for the whole family, especially for our children. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
    International Recovery Day

    International Recovery Day

    Celebrate recovery and globally connect recovering individuals, families and communities to provide worldwide hope to overcome addiction. The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling supports recovery by providing free resources and support 24/7 at no cost to Maryland individuals and families struggling with gambling problems.

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Recovery Month

    National Recovery Month

    In September, National Recovery Month helps educate individuals struggling with addiction that living a healthy and reward life is possible.  For individuals and families struggling with problem gambling and gambling addiction, the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling offers resources at no cost to support that recovery journey. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Suicide Awareness Month

    National Suicide Awareness Month

    Did you know?  Nearly 50% of people struggling with problems due to gambling/gambling addiction have had thoughts of suicide.

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    • AUGUST 31, 2020
    FY21 Problem Gambling Training Launched

    FY21 Problem Gambling Training Launched

    The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is committed to build the capacity of mental health, substance use and other health care and prevention professionals through training and education to address the issue of problem gambling. Training is offered on a variety of topics and all training is offered free of charge. 

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    • AUGUST 1, 2020
    No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

    No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

    Counseling for gambling problems at no cost to Maryland residents (individuals and families) is now available for anyone seeking help regardless of insurance coverage, financial status or ability to pay.

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    • JULY 21, 2020
    Providers/Private Practitioners Can Be Reimbursed for Problem Gambling Services

    Providers/Private Practitioners Can Be Reimbursed for Problem Gambling Services

    The Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, in collaboration with Optum Maryland, will reimburse Maryland providers and private practitioners for providing problem gambling services to Maryland residents in support of screening, assessment and individual/group therapy for individuals and their loved ones struggling with problem gambling and gambling disorder. 

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    • JULY 1, 2020
    Safe Gambling for Military and Veterans

    Safe Gambling for Military and Veterans

    The military and veterans are at greater risk than the general public for developing problem gambling. Nearly 10% of US Veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. 

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    • JUNE 1, 2020
    The Road to Recovery Starts with a Conversation

    The Road to Recovery Starts with a Conversation

    For some, gambling activity can get out of control and start to negatively affect their life and all those around them. A conversation with a Problem Gambling Peer Support Specialist can provide the needed support on the road to a healthier and happier life.

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    Keeping The Health And Balance In Your Life If You Gamble

    May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives can be a challenge, especially if dealing with problematic behavior. Gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    May is Mental Health Month

    This May, in collaboration with the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates (MAPPA), the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting Mental Health Month and bringing attention to how addictive behavior (gambling disorder, substance misuse and other addictions) can affect the well-being and recovery of

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    • JANUARY 30, 2020

    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not A Safe Bet!

    Sports betting (placing a wager on any aspect of a sporting event) is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Major sporting events such as February’s “Big Game,” March NCAA Basketball tournament, and the MLB’s World Series are some of the more publicized opportunities to engage in betting behavior. While legislation

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