Scratch-Offs: NOT Appropriate Gifts for Youth! Posted On

The holiday season is in full swing.  You can hear it in nostalgic holiday music, you can see it in neighborhoods decorated in lights, and you can feel it when you visit stores flooded with shoppers eager to get their holiday shopping done.  Shoppers are looking for great gifts, and tokens of appreciation as stocking stuffers.  For many, scratch-offs may be a common gift, but scratch-offs are not appropriate gifts for… Read more »

Underage Gambling and School Posted On

Underage gambling can have negative effects on youth and their peers, and there are many things that school personnel can do to decrease the prevalence of underage gambling. Who does underage gambling affect? Studies have shown that underage gambling can have damaging effects on youth who gamble, and on those around them.  Youth who gamble… Read more »

Parents: Talk to Teens about underage gambling! Posted On

There are so many things that parents tell teens to be aware of, from crossing the street safely, to avoiding addictive behaviors.  For the third week in Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the focus is  on parents talking with their youth about the risks of underage gambling. The teenage years are a time of great change… Read more »

Tips for Teens Posted On

Whether you like it or not, part of being a teenager is feeling the need to look cool and fit in.  Most teens may not know that nearly 90% of youth age 14-21 do not gamble on a regular basis (Welte, 2007).  There’s good reason for not participating in underage gambling, and that is because… Read more »

No Scratch-Offs for Teens! Posted On

As the holidays are approaching, many people begin to scramble looking for different types of gifts to give to the people that they love. As people get more and more desperate, they may think of getting a scratch off ticket for a teen, especially to put in stockings and cards.   These gifts are meant for… Read more »

Recovery and Gam(bl)ing Posted On

Recovery Although the 2016 celebration of Recovery Month is behind us, we shouldn’t forget that recovery is every day!  Recovery can be an exciting time for everyone.  It can be a time of exploration into who you are, and a time to rebuild relationships with anyone who brings a positive experience into your life.  … Read more »