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September was Recovery Month and we are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of so many different recovery month events and celebrations all throughout our region. Here’s a few of the one’s we were able to attend:
- The Rob Constantine Recovery and Outreach Community Center Art Show
- Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center Recovery Wall Reception
- The Hometown vs. Heroin Recovery Resource Fair
- The Treatment Works March in Albany
We would like to say thank you to all the organizations and agencies who are incorporating gambling addiction into their recovery efforts. Together, we can help increase awareness of gambling as an addiction and help reduce stigma so those struggling can get help and support on their road to recovery.
September was also Suicide Prevention Month. We were fortunate to have one of our colleagues co-present with Mental Health Association of NYS (MHANYS) to offer a workshop on the connection between substance use, opioid and gambling addiction at the NYS Suicide Prevention Conference. It was so exciting to connect with new people, as well as run into some familiar faces.
Our friends at the Albany Stratton Veterans Medical Center invited us to participate in their Mental Health Summit. We are proud to have had the opportunity to talk to many veterans and help them see some of the potential warning signs of a gambling problem. Through education and outreach opportunities such as this, we can spread the word that help is available.
Starting in October, the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center will be conducting a large media campaign to help raise awareness about the issue of problem gambling and spread the word that help is available. Look for our ads on WTEN News10 all throughout the next couple of months.
Remember…. a little progress each day, adds up to big results. Thank you all for your commitment to helping us make progress each and every day.
The Northeast PGRC is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 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 PGRC 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.