The increased accessibility of sports betting apps has led to a surge in demand for services to address gambling addiction. However, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to meet this demand.
In January, the nonprofit organization reported a 138% increase in demand from December. This is particularly concerning as the organization was already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
NBC6 affiliate WPTV reports that the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. Young adult men are particularly at risk for gambling addiction and have been making up a significant portion of the organization’s calls.
The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl, indicating that sports betting has become more accessible than ever before. As a result, it is likely that more people will be seeking services to address their gambling habits.
Despite these challenges, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling remains committed to providing support and resources for those struggling with gambling addiction. The organization continues to work tirelessly to meet the increased demand for its services and help individuals overcome their addictions.