The Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention

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The focus of this webinar is on the nexus between substance misuse prevention and problem gambling prevention. Gambling disorders are highly comorbid with other mental health and substance use disorders. The prevalence of co-occurring gambling addiction and substance abuse is high. Approximately 1 in 10 compulsive gamblers report being concerned about their substance use.



  • Discuss the complex relationship between problem gambling and substance misuse.
  • List shared risk and protective factors between problem gambling and substance misuse disorders
  • List the barriers to collaboration between the problem gambling prevention field and substance misuse prevention
  • Describe collaboration strategies for substance use prevention professionals and the problem gambling prevention field to improve public health and community conditions.



Rebecca Bishop, MSW

Director, Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling

Rebecca Bishop specializes in initiatives to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of youth and high-risk populations. She brings expertise in mental health promotion, health equity, cultural and linguistic responsiveness, community mobilization, and violence prevention and intervention. Bishop has a history of applying a health and racial equity lens to substance use, youth development, violence and problem gambling prevention, as well as mental health issues. She leads EDC’s Gambling Prevention Technical Assistance Center and has managed three regional planning processes across Massachusetts to learn about local knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes related to gambling, resulting in population-specific prevention strategies. Bishop holds an MA in Social Work, Health, and Mental Health Administration from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.


The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC offered this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training was provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


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