Those in recovery from a gambling problem have a unique ability to reach out to people who have gambling addictions or are in recovery. Because they once experienced the struggles of problem gambling, they understand the emotions and challenges problem gamblers face. Similarly, those who’ve supported a loved one toward recovery understand the fears and frustrations of family members and friends of people with gambling problems.
Recovery advocates can truly connect with problem gamblers and their families, as well as local and state agencies that offer prevention, treatment, and recovery services. While advocates can be official representatives of those agencies, they don’t have to be—anyone can use their lived experiences to advocate for problem gamblers and their families.
Ways to advocate for recovery and resources
- Write to and talk with policymakers. Expressing the viewpoints and protecting the needs of problem gamblers can drive legislative changes or the creation of new legislation.
- Promote resources publicly. From sharing information on social media to talking with those who may have problem gambling behaviors and their family members, advocates can encourage the use of supportive services and treatment programs.
- Bring compassion and empathy to problem gamblers. Simply showing problem gamblers that they are valued and offering support and positive interactions can make a difference in their paths to recovery.
Learn more about the roles and values of recovery advocates by watching the recent webinar from the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, where two recovery advocates share their personal stories and advice.