Registration is now closed! 12th Annual CCPG Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Water’s Edge Hotel and Spa
1525 Boston Post Rd,
Westbrook, CT 06498
Timothy Fong, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong’s keynote address is entitled, Disordered Gambling and Health
This presentation will describe how gambling disorder adversely impacts physical health and well-being. A review of the existing scientific literature on this issue will be provided to give an overview and background on this relationship. Gambling disorder has been associated with higher rates of heart and liver disease, obesity, hypertension, insomnia, lack of exercise and increased likelihood of smoking and alcohol use. Data from the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program (CalGETS) will be presented showing how gambling disorders impacts smoking, alcohol use and overall markers of general health in a current day statewide treatment program. Specific emphasis will be placed on how gambling disorders impacts sleep hygiene, nutritional status, weight, cardiovascular health and physical well-being. Theories as to why gambling disorders negatively impact health will be described, providing therapists and counselors the language and understanding necessary to inform clients. Lastly, this presentation will discuss in-office techniques that can be used to inspire and motivate gambling disorder clients to become more proactive in self-care and managing overall health.
Bea Aikens, a nationally recognized gambling addiction and recovery expert and founder and CEO of Lanie’s Hope, a national advocacy group dedicated to illuminating and humanizing the disease of compulsive gambling.
Gambling Disorder -The Invisible Addiction
Research shows there are adverse impacts on the physical health and well-being of those who suffer from a Gambling Disorder. Gambling addiction can and does often go undetected and untreated, because those afflicted are able to mask their addiction until financial, emotional, and family stressors reach critical status. Described as “the Purest Addiction” in that no external substance or chemical is ingested, a gambling addiction cannot be easily detected by symptoms frequently associated with addiction such as slurred speech, dilated pupils, track marks or loss of coordination.
Recovering compulsive gambler and recovery advocate, Bea Aikens will present insight into the downward trajectory of untreated gambling addiction and insights for loved ones and professionals to identify the signs of the “invisible disease” of gambling addiction. This presentation will also offer insight into working solutions and resources for treatment and mutual aid support groups and recovery
Participants will learn more about disordered gambling and its relationship to other physical health, mental health disorders, and addictions. Learn from experts in the field of problem/disordered gambling about gambling addiction and recovery,its impact on individuals and families and why prevention is so critcal. Treatment professionals will learn about ethics in the digital age and the process by which to be certified for the treatment of problem and disordered gamblers. Join us for a day of learning, networking and discovering new resources. Continuing education credits will be offered (approval is pending).
Who should attend?
Treatment professionals, prevention professionals, individuals in recovery and their significant others, clergy, law enforcement, health care providers, students and gaming industry representatives.