The use of sports betting apps has made it easier for consumers to place their bets. This newfound convenience has led to an increase in demand for services related to gambling addiction, specifically those provided by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.
The nonprofit organization responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January. This surge in demand has come at a time when the organization is already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
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.
According to NBC6 affiliate WPTV, 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. The organization has noticed a significant increase in calls from young adult men, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.
The organization’s executive director, Katrina Adams, stated that “We are doing everything we can to meet this increased demand and provide support and resources to those who need it.” Despite these efforts, however, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling continues to struggle with meeting the needs of Florida residents who are struggling with gambling addiction.