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Guest Speaker for February 17, 2024

Stephen Matos, RSS, ICGC-II 

Stephen Matos is a person in long-term recovery of over 37 years from gambling, alcohol and as a person affected from 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 is currently with MCCA’s Bettor Choice Program as a Peer Counselor and Recovery Support Specialist for over 6 years.  Stephen facilitates recovery groups, 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, Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the RBAHO’s in the facilitation of trainings, prevention, awareness activities and manages PGS gambling recovery support grant providing recovery opportunities for persons in recovery from problem 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, honored with the CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Recovery Award in 2015 and presented at their State Conference in 2017 and 2022.  Stephen is a graduate of Advocacy Unlimited Recovery University, certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and has completed CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy and is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II). Stephen has also worked the 24-hour problem helpline with CCPG.