Hello And Welcome Friends, Recovery Supporters, And New Visitors,
Today I’m very excited to introduce a wonderful recovery coach and speaker of Problem Gambling. And those of you who are in recovery from addicted compulsive gambling, this is an awesome treat for all us!
Please meet my guest ‘Lesa Densmore’, Recovery Wellness Coach, Speaker, and Advocate. Lesa and I met through LinkedIn’s professional media site. We had so much in common that I thought, “this girl needs to be shared and spotlighted on my recovery blog! Lets learn more about who Lesa is, and all she does to help others recover from compulsive addicted gambling….
My story begins here,…
(Story Courtesy Of http://www.iamrecovery.com/spotlight10/Densmore.cfm/
I am Lesa, 38, Wellness Coach and recovering compulsive gambler.
My life has been full of successful athleticism. In all my years of competing, nothing compares to the 7-year battle I had for life from my gambling addiction and the sense of accomplishment I have today being in recovery. The flirting began in my teens with bingo and lottery tickets and spending hundreds of dollars a week. By my late twenties, I had a problem gambling with internet poker and spending hundreds of dollars a day at casinos. By age 31, I had a full-blown addiction spending thousands of dollars a week.
Explaining the seven years would take pages. Lying, manipulating, stealing, followed by pain, shame and guilt and I couldn’t stop. I was living in NY State.
My family was in Maine. There are strong stigmas, so I didn’t talk about my gambling problem. When I found that gambling was recognized as an addiction, a weight was lifted, but it also gave me an excuse. From the ages 32-35, I was out of control. Food, alcohol and relationship abuse complimented my gambling. I spent hours going to casinos. I had my belongings repossessed, had no home, was living in a tent, couldn’t pay my bills, was writing bad checks and lying my way through it all. The problem was known, but no one knew how bad. Financial, legal, personal issues were building. I disconnected and sunk deeper into the addiction.
In February 2006, I got professional help with counseling and outpatient services. It helped temporarily, but I fell back into full cycle. The fall was bad and no one knew. I spiraled out of control. In January 2009, I had a near suicide, but found strength to pull it together. I called my family and the N.Y. Council again. By this time, I was an expert on the illness and knew it would kill me. I had after all studied it for years while living each phase and progression. It was agreed that residential treatment was needed again. My family pulled together the funds and finally I was going to rehab.Today, after treating the illness causing the gambling, I am strong in recovery.
I can breathe, laugh, hope and help. After rehab, I was asked to go back to implement a Health Management Program and worked with the clinical/executive directors on intervention and business development. My focus now is here in New York state. I am trying to be a face behind the illness, to advocate for the best treatment and funding. I feel compelled to help those who are trying to help us, do the best job they can. I also want to help break down the stigmas. It’s not easy, but we are being heard and supported. Life after addiction can be good and it does improve. I am a compulsive gambler, and I am recovery!
My name Lesa, and this is my story.
What’s Your Story?
Now I know when I read her story here on, “I Am Recovery”, I thought this girl has been through so much, just like I had with my own addiction. I feel when we share our personal testimonies of what we have been through with our gambling, we tend to find, even though our paths maybe different from one another’s, we all go through the same type of feelings and symptoms of this cunning disease.
As Lesa stated in her own story, we all feel the shame, guilt, the stealing and lying, and hiding what we were doing within our addiction. I myself had a recovery coach/addictions specialist help me for a year, and I have to tell you it made all the difference in my recovery! He would not release me until I could site to him every part of the “cycle” of my addiction to gambling. Here is a little more of how Lesa helps others in recovery from addicted gambling today! She has a new blog that is a wee bit under construction, but has really good information about how she helps others from gambling addiction, so keep her blog link handy here: http://controlyourgambling.com/ and give her a visit.
Professional Recovery Coach / Speaker, Consultant and Resource on Problem Gambling, and all areas of Crisis or Addiction.
You Are Not Powerless…
My name is Lesa Densmore. I successfully help individuals and families recover from crisis and addiction. If you or someone you care about has problems associated with gambling activity, I can help. I have been there, I am now on the other side, and it is what I do.
Although I service all areas of crisis and addiction, I specialize in Problem Gambling and Gambling Addiction. I am a Professional Crisis and Recovery Coach, National Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Recovered Gambling Addict.
I have a history of success helping individuals and families get life back to manageable again after being in the throes of Problem Gambling or Gambling Addiction.
Recovery Coaching is cutting edge, unique, and person focused. It provides the one-on-one guidance and assistance needed to help individuals and families overcome the obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of life because of crisis, addiction, or problems associated with.
My Recovery Coaching Approach is un-biased, and straight forward. Realizing that there are multiple pathways to dealing with problem gambling, I assist an individual in a direction that supports their core values, goals, lifestyle, career, and family.
So now we know a little more about Lesa, and how she helps many with recovery. It’s what she loves to do, and is very passionate about her work. If you or someone you love has a gambling problem, here is how you can contact Lesa Densmore at:
LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lesadensmore/
For more information about her ‘Wellness Recovery Coaching’, send her an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sure she’d be happy to aid you in your recovery. You can also Google Lesa and find some wonderful speaking engagements she has done for TV News, National Conferences, and YouTube. Here is a news link to see Lesa in action, speaking to others about problem and addicted gambling.
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Understanding-addiction-helping-others-199245081.html?m=y&smobile=y An Interview With A Local News Station.
As a Wellness Coach, National Speaker, and Educator about Problem Gambling, I want to Thank Lesa for giving me the pleasure of sharing all she does with all my recovery followers & my readers! Maybe together she and I can change lives together!
And just a little advice Lesa?…. Get A Book Written Please! Thanks everyone for visiting today.
Happiness & Blessings,
Author Of “Addicted To Dimes”…