As sports betting apps have made it easier for consumers to place their bets, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to meet the increased demand for its services. The nonprofit responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January. This increase in demand has come at a time when the organization is already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
The organization anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, which is significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. Young adult men have been particularly affected by this rise in demand, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.
Recently, people in Florida were able to legally bet on the Super Bowl for the first time. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the game. This increased accessibility to sports betting has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services to address gambling addiction.
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is working hard to meet this increased demand and provide valuable resources and support to those struggling with gambling addiction. The organization offers counseling services, support groups, and educational programs to help individuals overcome their addiction and lead healthy lives.