The 10th Annual Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling brings together diverse experts and stakeholders to address the impact of this significant community health issue on the people of Nevada. Their goal is to increase awareness, enhance professional knowledge and skills, and empower our communities to help reduce the impact of problem gambling through Prevention, Education, Treatment, Recovery and Research.
Lanie’s Hope is honored to co-present the session “In their own words.” Using actual journal entries from compulsive gamblers in recovery, we will explore the impact of journaling as a tool for addiction recovery and mental health. Many in recovery lean on journaling as a tool to process thoughts and feelings. The act of journaling helps those in recovery “pause” and get in touch with their feeling rather than acting out the urge to gamble. Promoted by many clinicans as an effective therapeutic tool, this presentation offers a rare glimpse into the recovering gambler’s most private thoughts and the personal journey of journaling as a path to self awareness.
Lanie’s Hope Founder, Bea Aikens, to present Keynote Address on gambling addiction and suicide at the 2015 Walk in Memory/Walk for Hope
Gambling Addiction will be the focus of the 2015 Suicide Prevention Community Walk, Saturday September 12, 2015 at Bob Miller Middle School, 2400 Cozy Circle, Henderson, NV. The suicide rate among untreated problem gamblers is extraordinarily high. Experts report than 20% of all problem gamblers who actually seek treatment have attempted or considered suicide; a correlation I am all too familiar with.
Many of you know that I lost my sister Lanie due to a gambling-related overdose in June of 2008. See…I still can’t actually say the words “Lanie committed suicide because of her gambling addiction.” I always find myself couching this phrase in indirect ways like “a gambling-related overdose.” In my heart of hearts, do I think she intentionally killed herself. No. I think she was in such immense pain and shame that she simply didn’t want to FEEL anything. But we’ll never know, because Lanie’s not here to tell her story. What I do know is this. If Lanie hadn’t been gambling, she would not have overdosed. If Lanie had continued to abstain from gambling and attend the recovery fellowship she belonged to, she would not have had to endure the shame and despair that drove her to overdose on antidepressants. Gambling Addiction DID cost my sister her life. Read more →
Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference – Mystic, CT
October 19-22, 2015
Hosted by CCAR, the premier peer recovery coaching institute in the U.S., this conference is designed to offer education on the many different pathways available to achieve and sustain recovery . Recovery is not one-size-fits-all.
At the forefront of Advocacy for the recovery community and professionals who serve and treat those impacted by addiction, CCAR is renowned for developing and advance the recovery movement in America. Lanie’s Hope is delighted that gambling addiction and recovery will be included in this year’s program.
Founder Bea Aikens, a CCAR graduate and trainer, will be addressing the 12-steps and gambling addiction recovery.
Keynote presentations will include Bill White – Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America and Phillip Valentine – The CCAR Experience
12-Steps of recovery – Gambling, Narcotics, Alcohol
Medication Assisted Recovery
Women and Sobriety
NCRG Conference on Gambling & Addiction – Las Vegas, NV Sept 27-29, 2015
Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian Las Vegas
Mark your calendar for the premiere conference on gambling disorder and responsible gaming! Topics will include research on women and gambling; the health risks of internet gambling; screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment; and the latest on cognitive behavioral therapy for addictive disorders. A special track for gaming regulators and industry professionals will focus on topics relevant to developing evidence-based responsible gaming programs and regulations.
The NCRG conference welcomes all who are concerned about the impact of disordered gambling: healthcare providers, academic researchers, public health professionals, gaming regulators and gaming industry professionals.
Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research & Training Institute (MARTI)
Positive Approaches to Recovery: Populations, Providers, and Programs
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
June 22 – 26, 2015
Lanie’s Hope Founder and IUP Alumni, Bea Aikens, will be presenting “When The Fun Stops” at the 26th annual MARTI conference. Dedicated to research and educating professionals treating at risk communities, this year’s program will include two segments on gambling addiction, prevention and treatment.
Formed in 1988, MARTI combines academic resources with treatment expertise to provide state-of-the-art training on addiction treatment for substance abuse counselors and mental health professionals, develops and coordinates intramural and extramural research projects, and provides research and training opportunities for graduate students entering the field.
If you want to know more about helping children of all ages, and especially high-risk youth, MARTI’s Bi-Annual Summer Conference is for you. Come join us for our 26th conference at IUP. This year’s school is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s youth and families. Presentations over the years have included the latest information on treatment for young children, improving school-based programs, working with adolescents, sexual abuse intervention, improving cultural competency, adult recovery strategies, anger and violence, building resiliency in children, and many other exciting topics. Year after year, MARTI has provided the latest techniques for working with children, excellent presenters, and special sections for educators and clinicians, all at a low cost. We hope to see you in June!
Brochures are now available.
To have your name added to our mailing list, please e-mail the MARTI office at [email protected] with both your mailing and e-mail addresses, or call 724-357-1288.
The 2015 International Gamblers Anonymous Conference will be held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey May 29, 30th & 31st.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
2349 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70 West)
Cherry Hill, Nw Jersey 08002
The conference theme is “Piecing It All Together.” Event begins Friday evening with a Welcome Dinner, entertainment and speakers followed by 12 Step meetings. Saturday offers a full day of workshops and an evening reception and dinner. The conference will conclude with the traditional Sunday morning Farewell breakfast and closing remarks.
Conference information and registration can be accessed at the link below:
Health Implications of Problem Gambling will be presented by Bea Aikens, Friday March 27, 2015 from 12::00-1:00PM at Solutions Recovery, 2975 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.
In recognition of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month, this one-hour luncheon presentation is open to the general public and the recovery community as well as healthcare and treatment providers. The program will provide a basic explanation of what happens when gambling becomes an addiction and will review screening methods and resources available to identify and treat problem gamblers and their families. For most people, gambling is harmless fun and entertainment, but for as many as 6% of Nevada adults, gambling can be an addiction with serious mental, physical and emotional health consequences.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, support is available 24/7 at 1-800-522-4700.
Health Implications of Problem Gambling will be presented by Bea Aikens, Friday March 20, 2015 from 12:00-1:00PM at Montevista Hospital, 5900 W. Rochelle Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103.
Focused on healthcare and treatment providers, this one hour “Lunch and Learn” presentation will provide a basic explanation of what happens when gambling becomes an addiction and will review screening methods and resources available to identify and treat problem gamblers and their families. For most people, gambling is harmless fun and entertainment, but for as many as 6% of Nevada adults, gambling can be an addiction with serious mental, physical and emotional health consequences.
To register for this event, contact
The National Council on Problem Gambling announces March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, with the message
Sometimes it can be difficult to ask someone about their gambling habits. Perhaps a loved on seems preoccupied with sports wagering or you’re concerned about the amount of time they spend on line or in a casino. That niggling feeling comes up that “something’s just not right.” Bill collectors are calling, money is missing, too much time is spent away from home…these are possible signs of a problem. And often, it can be uncomfortable to “Have the conversation” about gambling habits.
Many people can gambling “recreationally”, and for them it is a harmless entertainment like going to a movie, a sporting event or a concert. But for those who can’t “gamble normally”, gambling addiction can be a devastating mental health disorder; destroying lives and harming families. Anyone is subject to become addicted to gambling. Gambling addiction crosses all socio-economic levels. Experts agree that between 3 and 6% of the US population is impacted by some degree of problem gambling. Gambling Disorder is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an Addiction which is treatable IF it is recognized and treatment is sought.
It starts with a CONVERSATION.
For more information and many helpful tools to support National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, go to npgam.org. For Immediate Help with a gambling problem call the National Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
Palms, Las Vegas
Hosted by Nevada Senator Aaron Ford, the British American Project is comprised of a group of thought-leaders from the UK and US. Members representing a vast variety of interests and professions come together once a year to exchange information and cultures. This year, the British American Project will experience all things Southern Nevada, from the Hoover Dam to the Las Vegas Strip.
Bea Aikens will participate in the “Gaming: Winners and Losers” panel, presenting her perspective on problem gambling and resources available for those in need of help.
NCRG Conference – Las Vegas, NV Sept. 28-30, 2014
Gambling Addiction has impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. Countless public health leaders, clinicians, community leaders, researchers, industry members and regulators have worked tirelessly to help us understand more about gambling disorders to that we can provide effective prevention and treatment as well as reduce the stigma of addiction and mental illness.
National Center for Responsible Gaming
This year marks the 15th annual gambling addiction educational event sponsored by the NCRG (National Center for Responsible Gaming.) Immediately preceding the annual “G2E – Gaming Expo” in Las Vegas, this event provides valuable insights into the latest treatment, scientific research and trends in understanding, prevention and treatment of gambling addiction. Programming runs the gamut from Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to updates on how the DSM-5 will impact treatment and insurance for problem gamblers to ‘Spirituality in treatment.’ Professionals in the Gambling Addiction treatment field can earn up to 14 hours of continuing education credits and for those who simply want to stay abreast of current research and treatment trends, this two-day event offers value for anyone involved in supporting problem gamblers and their families.
For more information, or to register, go to ncrg.org/public-education-and-outreach/conference
The Inland Empire of Southern California will host a Gamblers Anonymous Conference Sept 19-21, 2014 at the Double Tree Ontario Airport Hotel.
The conference is open to Gamblers Anonymous members and Gam/Anon members.
Pricing varies from “Registration Only at just $35.00 to package pricing for meals, hotel and weekend events.
Event Details and registration information is available on our Events Calendar lanieshope.org/calendar