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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
“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!