Bea Goodwin has been passionately committed to “helping the compulsive gambler who still suffers,” since her own recovery journey began years ago. In 2008 the loss of her beloved sister Lanie due to an accidental overdose related to her struggles with Pathological Gambling changed Bea’s life forever. She now dedicates herself fully to her mission of illuminating and humanizing the disease of pathological gambling; bridging the vast gap between the legal, medical and private sectors and the pathological gambler who still suffers.She is the founder of Twelve-Dollars, and the non-profit Lanie’s Hope, dedicated to serving the needs of the pathological gambler and their families; providing education, resources, hope and treatment for the disease of pathological gambling. Bea’s personal story “Twelve Dollars” is featured in the book “Life Choices: Putting the Pieces Together” (Turning Point International, copyright 2010 www.lifechoicesbook.com.) Bea has been a frequent presenter at Gamblers Anonymous conferences at both the local and national levels, and addresses professional groups to enhance understanding of compulsive gambling. Just as Betty Ford’s work destigmatized the disease of Alcoholism, Lanie’s Hope envisions a world in which pathological gambling is understood to be a disease vs. a moral weakness; where the pathological gambler is treated with dignity and compassion; where resources and support are available to the pathological gambler and their loved ones and where State, Federal and Private funding is available for treatment of all pathological gamblers who are willing to commit to treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.
Bea Goodwin can be contacted at the following for consulting services, problem gambling and recovery workshops and keynote speaking engagements: