Lanie’s Hope is a national advocacy group dedicated to humanizing and illuminating the disease of compulsive gambling. Our mission is to ensure access to affordable and appropriate treatment and support services for anyone impacted by compulsive gambling.
We envision a world in which:
- Compulsive gambling is understood to be a disease versus a moral weakness.
- The compulsive gambler is treated with dignity and compassion.
- Resources and support are available to the afflicted gambler and their loved ones.
- State, federal and insurance funding is available for treatment of all compulsive gamblers who are willing to commit to treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.
Our Story is Unique…Our Disease is Not
Siblings impacted by the disease.
Statistics estimate between 6 and 8 million Americans are afflicted with the disease of disordered gambling. Both founder Bea Aikens and her beloved sister Lanie were impacted by the disease. Bea is in recovery. Sadly, Lanie died as a result of a gambling-related overdose on June 2, 2008. By sharing her personal story and building awareness, Bea is committed to prevent others from experiencing the pain and tragedy pathological gambling causes. She advocates for the rights of problem gamblers and their loved ones to receive support services and treatment for recovery. Read Bea’s story
We enhance the understanding of the disease of compulsive gambling and affect social change by:
- Promoting awareness of problem gambling and increasing understanding that problem gambling impacts not just the individual, but families, and society as a whole.
- Bringing national awareness to the disease nature of problem or disordered gambling.
- Addressing organizations and professionals key to affecting social change in problem gambling such as legislators, physicians, community health advocates and overseers of public policy to assure treatment and support are available for all problem gamblers and their families.
Catalyst for Change
Lanie’s Hope advocates for problem gamblers and their families. We create social change by building awareness and understanding of problem gambling as a disease that requires professional treatment and merits treatment options in parity with other health issues facing Americans. Read more
Compulsive gamblers require psychological care and treatment. Our goal is to facilitate social change on a national level that results in national education, prevention and treatment programs.
- Lanie’s Hope takes no position for or against legalized gambling.
- Lanie’s Hope is an advocacy group committed to raising awareness of the disease of disordered gambling.
- Lanie’s hope is committed to affecting social change in support of education, awareness and treatment of problem gambling.
- Lanie’s Hope advocates for equitable treatment of compulsive and pathological gamblers and those impacted by the disease.