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Monte Vista Behavioral Health- Introduction to Gambling Addiction, Las Vegas August 9, 2013

Lanie’s Hope will be presenting an introductory program on gambling addiction; offering simple screening tools and resources for recognizing a gambling addiction and it’s impact on physical and mental health. This  “Lunch and Learn” program sponsored by Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC is offered to Clark County community service professionals ranging from Military, Police Officers, Social Workers, LADC, RN Nurses and health care professionals. CEU’s are offered for a variety of professional accreditations.

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27th National Conference on Problem Gambling – Seattle, WA July 19-20, 2013

Excerpts from National Conference on Problem Gambling

“Please join us for the 27th National Conference on Problem Gambling July 19-20, 2013 in Seattle,Washington. The largest and oldest conference on problem gambling in the world, this event brings together leaders in prevention, education, treatment, responsible gaming, research, and recovery. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer to gambling issues, you will find 60 presentations – from plenaries to posters – packed with high-quality information. Based on popular demand, we’ve added to full days of intensive skill-building Pre-Conference Workshops on July 17-18.”

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Boulder City Hospital – May 2, 2013 3PM


In recognition of National Mental Health Month, Boulder City Hospital’s Mental Health: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) staff will participate in a one-hour introductory course to understanding and recognizing Problem Gambling.
Lanie’s Hope Founder and Advocate for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, Bea Aikens will present a one hour presentation, providing a basic explanation of what happens when gambling becomes an addiction and review screening methods and resources available to identify and treat problem gamblers and their families.



7th Annual Nevada Conference on Problem Gambling April 25-26, 2013

REGISTER NOW for APRIL CONFERENCE!“The Changing Landscape of Gambling and Addiction”
Reno, Nevada April 25-26, 2013.

Innovator and Trail Blazer in the field of Problem Gambling, Executive Director of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, Carol O’Hare, sets the tone for this year’s conference with the Opening Keynote,
Problem Gambling in Nevada: Then, Now and in the Future

Conference Featured Presentations Include:

  • Addiction and Recovery from an Atheists Perspective
  • Youth Gambling Awareness in the Classroom
  • Internet Use Disorder
  • Understanding the Female Trajectory into Problem Gambling
  • Changing the Game:Supportings Young People in Recovery

Known for innovation, this renowned conference concludes with the unique presentation Experiential Yoga and the 12 Steps.

Don’t Miss Out on Early Bird Registration Rates!  Register on line at   nevadacouncil.org
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Problem Gambling Town Hall Meeting – Butler, PA March 15, 2013

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Butler, PA continues to blaze new trails in Problem Gambling Education in Western Pennsylvania.

Friday, March 15 2013 12:30-3:30
Monarch Place, Red Chimney Hall
100 Brugh Avenue Butler, PA 16001

This Town Hall Meeting is open to the public. Clergy, Social Workers, Counselors, Attorneys, Financial Advisors and Family Support Services will find this information especially valuable, as Pennsylvanians struggle with a rise in gambling addiction.

Pennsylvania has the second highest gambling revenue in the Nation; second only to Nevada. While many people can gamble recreationally, those impacted by  Problem Gambling face severe consequence. Compulsive Gambling is a serious public health issue.

Topics covered will include an overview of Butler County’s Problem Gambling Initiative, Assessment of Local and National data on compulsive gambling, an Educational Program on the Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Addiction and access to Available Resources for those impacted by problem gambling.

Lanie’s Hope Founder Bea Aikens will conclude the presentation with a personal story of Recovery and her mission to Advocate for Social Change in Problem Gambling.


NCRG Conference on Gambling & Addiction Las Vegas,Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2012

Exploring New Trends in Recovery, Research and Responsible Gaming
September 30-October 2, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

The 13th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction will look at new trends in gaming, addiction and the science of recovery. Conference literature promises to examine timely issues such as “a redefinition of recovery”, health care reform, an emerging minority population, new treatment approaches and the growth of online gambling – trends directly impacting the way we treat, prevent ad study gambling disorders and responsible gaming.


Advocacy in Action – Reno, Nevada – October 2012

Problem gambling and pathological gambling are a public health issues impacting individuals, families and communities. Long recognized as a mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-1980), social and medical services such as mental health counseling, insurance coverage of treatment, and societal recognition of the diseased nature of Disordered Gambling* (*DSM-5) have lagged behind the medical diagnosis. This public health forum, From Awareness to Advocacy, focuses on the next step in social change in problem gambling: Assuring “access to affordable and appropriate treatment and support services for anyone impacted by compulsive gambling.”
Lanie’s Hope representative Bea Aikens will serve as the keynote speaker at the Reno, Nevada, “Nevada Day” presentation on Problem Gambling in our community.

Annual National Conference on Problem Gambling – July 13-14, 2012 Milwaukee

Annual National Council on Problem Gambling Convention

The bulk of the sessions address basic and advanced clinical issues. Additional topics include recovery, prevention and gambling policy, legislation & regulation. Other areas of interest include special populations, ethics and legal issues, public awareness and outreach, financial and family issues. Counselors comprise the majority of the audience; other attendees include researchers, legislators, regulators, prevention specialists, gaming industry executives and employees, media, policy makers, recovering gamblers and family members.

Pre-Conference workshops will be held Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12.
Regular Conference sessions will run on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.

Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling April 12-13, 2012

As I look forward to numerous upcoming educational programs focusing on Problem Gambling, the Nevada State Conference scheduled for April 12th & 13th at the Las Vegas Gold Coast, stands out as a premier event of the year! nevadacouncil.org/2012_conference.php? I am looking forward to sharing the stage Friday afternoon with Ted Hartwell as we each present our viewpoint on advocacy and social change in problem gambling. Ted will share his personal approach of one-on-one advocacy as I share from  the lens of a  national advocate for social change in problem gambling. Regardless of the platform or the scope, every recovering gambler who speaks out makes a difference toward collective societal change. Read more →

Vermont State Council on Problem Gambling Annual Symposium – April 23-24, 2012

Vermont State Council on Problem Gambling Annual Symposium
April 23-24, 2012
Burlington, VT

Bea Goodwin Aikens will be serving as the Keynote Speaker. Bea will share her personal journey in her own recovery as well as the loss of her beloved sister Lanie as a result of a gambling-related overdose.  Bea’s unique perspective on the disease of compulsive gambling launched the national advocacy group Lanie’s Hope, a catalyst for social change in problem gambling.


For more information on the Vermont Council on Problem Gambling, click above link.
Conference details coming soon.

Don’t Miss “Life Choices: The Event” March 23-25!

“Putting the pieces together” is inherent in addiction. Living a life of purpose and passion is the gift.

Recovery has given me the greatest gift of all – a new lens through which I view the world and the perspective to see the blessing in having twelve dollars to my name after a year of abstinence from gambling.  I share my personal journey in recovery in a story entitled “Twelve Dollars” in the book “Life Choices: Putting the Pieces Together.”  

My life’s purpose, serving as a catalyst for social change in problem gambling, was illuminated through the heartbreaking experience of losing Lanie, and is shared in the ”book “Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion.”

Another gift of recovery is that my new lens shows me clearly that it’s not “all about me!” That’s the irony of addicts. We enter recovery with high egos and low self-esteem.  We are lonely and yet we isolate. Today my perspective is that I am here to serve – as a messenger of hope  and a conduit for change. And I am not alone! I am joined in this journey with 26 incredible authors who share their message, their experience, strength and inspiration with heart and authenticity.

And now YOU have the opportunity to hear their stories, to be inspired and to ignite your own passion by attending Life Choices: The Event, March 23-24, 2012 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas!

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Life Choices: The Event – March 23-25, 2012

“Life Choices: The Event”
March 23-25, 2012
Tropicana Hotel
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
To register for this event use code 2LCBG
A Compelling and Passionate Speaker
Bea Aikens couples her personal experience with extensive knowledge of the disease of compulsive gambling to build a compelling platform for civic, community and national organizations seeking knowledge and understanding of the disease of disordered gambling. To engage Bea for your upcoming event, contact her at
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Lanie's Hope
P.O. Box 60214
Boulder City, NV 89006
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