29 episodes

Access to legalized gambling in the US is at an all-time high, and sports book betting apps, video slot machines, lotteries and casinos seem to be everywhere. How does the increased access to legalized gambling affect all of us? Are their unique harms that we haven’t considered? These are some of the questions we seek to explore as we chat with behavioral health professionals, academics, gambling disorder experts and individuals in recovery from gambling addiction.

Wager Danger Gateway Foundation

    • Health & Fitness

Access to legalized gambling in the US is at an all-time high, and sports book betting apps, video slot machines, lotteries and casinos seem to be everywhere. How does the increased access to legalized gambling affect all of us? Are their unique harms that we haven’t considered? These are some of the questions we seek to explore as we chat with behavioral health professionals, academics, gambling disorder experts and individuals in recovery from gambling addiction.

    Influencing Recovery Through Social Media | Rob ODAAT

    Influencing Recovery Through Social Media | Rob ODAAT

    Rob ODAAT (one day at a time) Minnick is a social media influencer who is reaching a wide audience with his unique gambling content. His personal experience of recovery from gambling addiction allows him to uniquely impact those who view his content. Rob’s content reaches millions of viewers and he routinely receives messages from individuals seeking help with a gambling addiction. His work is being recognized and it’s connecting a network of behavioral health resources that can help those individuals who are recognizing the signs of gambling addiction.
    Instagram: @rob_odaat
    TikTok: @rob_odaat
    Facebook: Rob ODAAT
    X: @Rob_Odaat
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Are you Really Winning?

    • 46 min
    A Journey Towards Recovery | Jimmy's Story

    A Journey Towards Recovery | Jimmy's Story

    After years of working the Gamblers Anonymous (GA) program, it was “tough love” from his family and some frank advice from a GA veteran (and mentor) that compelled Jimmy to fully commit to his recovery.  In this episode Jimmy shares his personal story of gambling disorder and his extraordinary journey towards recovery. 
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Are you Really Winning?

    • 42 min
    When Does Sports Betting = Gambling? | Jody Bechtold, CEO at The Better Institute

    When Does Sports Betting = Gambling? | Jody Bechtold, CEO at The Better Institute

    It’s a trick question.  The answer is ALWAYS!  But sadly, not everyone sees it that way.  Jody Bechtold joins the show to discuss how various generations respond to the proliferation of gambling access in the US.  Jody’s experience and expertise in gambling disorder treatment is well respected and she is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts on gambling addiction.  We are thrilled to have her join Wager Danger
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org 
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Are you Really Winning?
    Jody Bechtold Tedx Talk: Luck, Skill, and The Rise of Gambling
    The Better Institute

    • 49 min
    Every Story Matters | Dr. Sandra Adell

    Every Story Matters | Dr. Sandra Adell

    In recognition of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Wager Danger travelled to Waukegan to attend and capture highlights from Dr. Adell’s personal story “Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen.” 
    A jointly sponsored event between Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization (NIRCO) and Nicasa Behavioral Health Services, Dr. Mary Robison at NIRCO and Elizabeth Thielan at Nicasa also join our conversation to share why these grassroots community events are so important.
     
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org 
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Nicasa Behavioral Health Services
    Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization
    Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen on Amazon
    Are you Really Winning?
    NYT article about older women and gambling
    Megyn Kelley TV Special
    Natasha Shull – Addiction by Design

    • 41 min
    Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Looks to the Future | A Conversation With Dave Wohl

    Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Looks to the Future | A Conversation With Dave Wohl

    Dave Wohl has some big shoes to fill. As ICPG’s new Executive Director, Dave talks about taking over from ICPG’s founder, Bill Johnson, and how they are teaming up with other organizations across the state to spread the word on gambling disorder, and its effects on many underserved communities.
     
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org 
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
    info@illinoisproblemgambling.org 
    dwohl@illinoisproblemgambling.org
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Are you Really Winning?

    • 31 min
    Reclaim Financial Control After Gambling | Alex DeMarco, Founder & CEO, GamFin

    Reclaim Financial Control After Gambling | Alex DeMarco, Founder & CEO, GamFin

    “Helping people feel good about their finances is an important part of feeling better overall.” – Alex DeMarco. 
    GamFin is an organization that connects gambling disorder counselors with expert financial counselors to help restore the financial health for individuals struggling with problem gambling. Alex DeMarco tells us how the process works and why it is beneficial for financial and emotional well-being.
    wagerdanger@gatewayfoundation.org 
    Gateway Foundation Gambling Treatment
    Call Gateway Foundation: 855-723-0963
    Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
    Are you Really Winning?
    GamFin Website
    support@gamfin.org

    • 39 min

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