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Stephen Matos

Recovery Support Services Manager




Session Title: 

Pathways to Gambling Recovery in CT

Session Details: 

The expansion of online sports gambling and internet casino gambling in CT has increased the need for awareness and services for people affected by gambling harms. In this presentation two Peer Counselors will provide valuable information and insight into some of the available pathways and provide information on gambling recovery supports that can be stand-alone services or supplement clinical treatment. Topics will cover statewide Gambling Recovery Services in CT, Gamblers Anonymous, open all-recovery meetings, gambling specific podcasts, and other online gambling recovery resources. Additionally, the financial consequences of disordered gambling can be an obstacle to recovery. This training will include a brief introduction to available resources that can help disordered gamblers manage financial consequences including budgeting, debt solutions, and financial accountability solutions.

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Stephen Matos

Stephen Matos is a person in the long-term recovery of over 32 years from gambling, alcohol, and as a person affected by problem gambling. After retiring from the State of CT DOT as an operations manager in 2012, Stephen began working for The Connection's Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program and MCCA's Bettor Choice Program as a Peer Counselor and Recovery Support Specialist. Stephen facilitates recovery groups and family support groups along with seeing clients individually, focusing on supporting those with gambling disorders and their family members along the road of recovery.

Stephen works closely with the DMHAS Problem Gambling Services and the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling in the facilitation of training, prevention, and awareness activities and manages the PGS gambling recovery support grant providing recovery opportunities for persons in recovery from problems and persons affected by it. He has presented on peer support-related issues at the 2015 National Conference on Problem Gambling, CCAR's Pathways to Recovery Conference in 2016, was honored with the CT Council on Problem Gambling's Recovery Award in 2015, and presented at their State Conference in 2017.

Stephen is an Advocacy Unlimited Recovery University graduate, certified as a Recovery Support Specialist, has completed CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy, and is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II).

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