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September is upon us and the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center (NE PGRC) is excited to celebrate Recovery Month! We believe that recovery is for everyone because it benefits everyone – every person, every family, and every community.
There are many pathways to recovery and not everyone’s journey is the same. We recognize those unique pathways and here at the NE PGRC, and we strive to help every individual find their own path to recovery from problem gambling.
Sadly, only about 10% of people with a gambling disorder reach out for help. Gambling disorders most often occur with individuals who also have anxiety disorders and depression disorders. We want people to know that recovery is possible and there are many pathways to get there.
Someone’s path to recovery can start from a simple screening. Screening can help reveal if someone is struggling with their own gambling or if someone is being affected by a loved one’s gambling. We encourage anyone who works with people to consider asking these three simple questions:
- During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable, or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?
- During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
- During the past 12 months did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends, or welfare?
Asking these simple questions can save lives. During Recovery Month, we are encouraging everyone who works directly with individuals and families to screen for problem gambling. The NY Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) has created a toolkit, available on their website, for any providers that would like to implement problem gambling screening into their practice. If you have questions or plan to start using a problem gambling screening tool, let us know how we can help you. Also available is a self-screening tool that anyone can use: https://nyproblemgamblinghelp.org/e-screener/.
For more information about Recovery Month and Problem Gambling, visit: http://nyproblemgambling.org/resources/recovery-month.org
Check out this Recovery discussion hosted by the NY Council on Problem Gambling’s Director – Bureau of Treatment and Recovery, Rachel Lauria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox4-EDkOqT8
If you or someone you care about is looking for support and services to help you begin your pathway to recovery from problem gambling, reach out to the NE PGRC by calling 518-801-1491 or emailing NortheastPGRC@NYProblemGambling.org. All calls are confidential. We’re here to help!
Don’t forget to register for our NYCPG Annual Conference on Problem Gambling. This year’s theme is People, Purpose and Passion: The Pathway to Success. We have prevention, treatment and recovery tracks so there is something for everyone! Come join us and enjoy two days of virtual learning and networking for only $20! We are offering OASAS, LMHC and SW credits. Click here to register: https://nycpg.dialogedu.com/virtual-conference We look forward to seeing you!
Are you or someone you know interested in joining our clinical network to help treat those individuals and family members who are adversely impacted by problem gambling? If so give us a call to learn more at 518-801-1491 or email NortheastPGRC@NYProblemGambling.org
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The Northeast PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Northeastern New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. This vision of transformation includes individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Northeast PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Northeastern region of New York State.