Navigating the Challenge: Peer Led Training
Have you ever thought you might have a gambling problem? It can be a scary realization to know that something is wrong, especially if you don’t feel like you can talk to anyone about it. You are not alone!
A Hidden Addiction
There’s a reason gambling disorder is called the hidden addiction. It is easy to hide, and you can be placing bets pretty much anytime of day from your smartphone. Others might notice a change in you, but not realize why you’re behaving differently. So far, you’ve been able to cover up most of your gambling through lies. But they weigh heavily on you, first the discomfort of being dishonest with someone you care about and secondly, by having to remember them to keep up the façade.
Options for Your Path to Recovery
But there are ways to end this compulsion to gamble so that you can get back to living life. Across New York State there are counselors specially trained in helping people with gambling addiction. To get an appointment with one, call your local Problem Gambling Resource Center. The cost of care will be covered by the program, so you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket.
If the thought of having a 1:1 appointment is too daunting right now, there are other options. One of options is attending a peer led training. This training, titled Navigating the Challenge, is geared towards people who are questioning their gambling behavior and considering changing it. This free session is held once per month, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm EST. The training session is facilitated by a person who has been in your shoes and found a path to recovery. This peer-led group covers a new topic each month, including topics like lying, suicide, the legal system, knowing your limits and more.
What to Expect
The training will start by a peer teaching on one of the topics and sharing examples from their own gambling addiction experience. There will also be time and space for the audience to share or ask questions. The training is held via Zoom, so registration is required. Once you are in the Zoom room, you will not be asked to share any personal information. You can think of this training as a judgement free zone, our goals are to teach people about the risks of problem gambling and help guide the way to recovery for anyone feeling lost.