She Bets Her Life

A writer and former compulsive gambler reflects on women and addiction.

Gambling Addicts, family, friends and treatment professionals: Our National Conference in Portland

Let's meet at the National Conference on Problem Gambling.

I invite you to join me at the National Conference on Problem Gambling in Portland, Or. on June 9-12.  I'll be teaching a workshop, Writing Through Gambling Addiction from 1-5 on June 10, and reading from She Bets Her Life: a true story of gambling addiction at the morning plenary, 9-10:30 on June 12.  June 12 is Recovery and Community Day - a bargain for gambling addicts whether recovering or not, family and friends - and anyone else curious about this ferocious addiction.  Early-bird registration for Recovery and Community Day ends Monday, May 10.  Link to conference info:

The 24th National Conference on Problem Gambling is hosted by the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling and Oregon Department of Human Services  

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Recovery and Community Day


Hilton Portland & Executive Tower 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Can a gambling addiction be passed down through generations? How can you be an advocate but maintain your anonymity? Want to learn about financial therapy tools for recovering gamblers? These questions are just a few of those addressed in the 18 sessions available to members of the public, especially those interested in recovery issues.





Saturday, June 12, 2010



National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference is the world’s oldest and largest conference dedicated to problem gambling issues. This multidisciplinary conference showcases presentations on developments in the problem gambling and gambling fields.


8:30 - 9:00AM

Funding Problem Gambling Services

9:00 – 10:30AM  

"She Bets Her Life: a true story of gambling addiction" - Reading and discussion by Mary Sojourner

10:30 - 11:00AM  

Compulsive Gambling: Treating the Mandated Client


What Gambling Counselors Do – and Don’t


Variables Associated With Preference of Therapeutic Modality Among Clients at a University Problem Gambling Clinic

11:00 - 12:00PM  

Music Makes the Difference: : Engaging Youth in Problem Gambling and Addiction Prevention


Discernment Process for Gamblers & Family Members


A Call to Action: Recommendations for policies and programs to address college gambling. A national report


NIATx Gambling Treatment Process Focus on Increasing Admissions


The intergenerational transmission of problem gambling: A new theoretical model


Impact of Gambling-Related Illegal Behaviors on Conceptualization and Treatment Outcome

12:00 - 1:30PM  

Cadillac or Kia? Arts Based Youth Gambling Awareness for Every Budget

1:30 - 3:00PM  

Responsible Gaming Check: Setting the Bar for ‘Responsible Gambling’ Programs


Advocacy Panel


Community based approach to addressing problem gambling in underserved and at risk groups


Self Exclusion Panel


Helpline Panel


Family Treatment Panel

3:00 - 3:30PM  

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Gambling Advertising Below Three Feet


Gambling in the Workplace


Questioning the value of State Sponsored Problem Gambling Prevalence Studies in Connecticut

3:30 - 4:30PM  

Money, Problem Gamblers & Recovery: Utilizing Financial Therapy Tools in Gambling Treatment


Pioneers in the Field

4:30 – 5:00PM  

Looking Towards 2011: Where We’ve Been and where We’re Going



Mary Sojourner, M.A., is the author of She Bets Her Life: A True Story of Gambling Addiction (Seal Press/ April 2010) and Going Through Ghosts (U.Nevada Press, 2010).


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