Below are some common questions we receive about our
gambling addiction recovery system.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What are the credentials of the people who created this program?
Have these steps been proven effective?
Can this program serve as the base
curriculum and specialized recovery support network for clients in the care of your
EFAP program or public health services?
Where did you get your information?
What results can I expect from this program?
How does this program differ from others?
How much time must I invest completing the 21 steps?
What happens after I complete the 21 steps?
Can I get a sample of the steps?
How much does the whole program cost?
Is support offered with the program?
Can you please advise us how to help a friend?
How can I help my loved one who is troubled by poker and gambling's
distractions, aftermath, and problems?
Is the cost of the 21 Steps Workbooks and Online Support included in
the cost of my health benefits, reimbursed by health insurance, or eligble to qualify
as a tax deductable expense?
Shawn Jordan originally created the program in 2000 during the process of his own recovery from his
experiences of living with a serious gambling problem and state of addiction. At that time, he had
the support of an Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) counselor and his family's
During 2006, in his post-recovery state and with the support of his family, friends, and co-workers,
Shawn converted the original manuscript into a comprehensive set of 21 workbooks.
Shawn's family and friends, including Drew Hartt, made valuable contributions.
Yes. Effectiveness is dependent, however, on the commitment of the individual who is
utilizing the 21 self-help workbooks and the online recovery support forums. For more
information on the applied efficaciousness of the 21 Steps, please refer to our
clinical efficacy information.
The 21 Steps intervention tools are designed to work as a gambling recovery self-help tool
for the problematic gambler. They also serve as the core basis of curriculum to guide
afflicted gamblers and their families on a successful recovery.
By combining clinical expertise with the step-by-step process offered by the workbooks, one’s
recovery progress becomes measurable. The focus offered by each step is complimented by the efforts
of everyone involved in the recovery process.
The 21 Steps to STOP Gambling System & Workbooks is used by outpatient and inpatient treatment
programs and is renown for being the most extensive and comprehensive program for problem
gamblers working towards recovery.
We used information from real life experiences as well as research about best practices of recovery.
If you put forth the effort, this program will help guide you along the path to recovery. Along
the way, you will remodel your thinking, learn to make more responsible decisions, improve your
life, and gain greater health and happiness.
Many programs exist to identify the problem of gambling. The difference with this 21-step program
is that it provides the specific information you need to create a lasting state of recovery from
gambling distractions, problems, and derailment.
Based upon real-life experiences, each of the 21 steps connects with the mindset of troubled
gamblers and helps them create a new and healthy perception of gambling and how to enjoy life
By understanding gambling's addictive draw and what it takes to escape its grasp, the authors
have designed this system to allow you to work on your own schedule. It offers guidelines to
follow and exercises to complete. These will guide you to prosper in a non-gambling environment.
The system helps not only addictive gamblers but also those who gamble responsibly as a form of
entertainment. It teaches responsible gamblers how to recognize the signs of problem gambling,
so they can take early action to avoid its harmful consequences.
The program helps you build a foundation for recovery by revising your addictive thought
processes over a minimum period of 21 days. This gives you the time you need to change your
habits and gets you thinking and acting responsibly.
We designed each step to be finished in 1 to 3 days. A person can take 21 to 63 days to complete
the full program.
Once you finish the 21 steps, you should be in a stronger state of mind. This allows you to
better recognize and counter the impulses of problem gambling.
You can preview Step 1 from this web site at no charge. This
gets you started on your way to recovery.
The retail price of the 21-step system, including the workbooks and the Recovery & Beyond
LIFETIME online support forum membership, is $395 plus taxes. This is available at bookstores
and pharmacies or by using our mail order form. You can save $75 by ordering online
with your credit card through our online distributor, 21 Steps to Recovery & Beyond Ltd.
Additional expenses can include taxes, shipping and handling, other recommended reading material,
Internet access, and individual counseling.
It typically takes two weeks or less, depending on your location, to receive your workbooks.
Each set of workbooks includes either a limited-time (45 days) or lifetime membership to our
online recovery and beyond support forums. Taking advantage of this
GLOBAL recovery support community will help you build and create a lasting state of recovery.
When someone has a gambling problem, illness, disorder, affliction, or addiction, they often will
protect their desire to gamble at all costs. This is why it is difficult to confront them directly.
Please visit the Problem Gambling Harms page
to better understand what they might be secretly experiencing.
As far as helping your friend, confronting a gambler directly about their possible gambling issues,
without having clinical intervention expertise and experience, is not the best approach.
As a recommended alternative, order an edition of the
21 Steps to Stop Gambling System & Workbooks
and have them delivered to yourself. Upon receipt, open the plain-packaged Recovery & Beyond
box and glance through them, prior to offering them to your friend during a private moment.
Offer them as a gift, because you are concerned about their well being and about their being
able to enjoy life without gambling.
Your caring about them will be appreciated. When your friend is ready, he will open up the box
(in private) and the binder and packaging will work to attract his attention by providing
self-help guidance – in a way that resonates with his style of thought – with how to
successfully unlearn how to gamble.
Each set of workbooks comes with an online support membership. In addition to the physical
workbooks, he will also have unlimited 24/7 access to the “Recovery & Beyond Support
Community” while he is healing his gambling related afflictions, working to overcome
his gambling aftermath, and extinguishing his interest in the false sense of hope that betting
This method of intervening has been engineered to compete with the bet. That’s one reason
it’s the most effective approach!
Visit our Help a Friend page.
Yes, depending on your own unique personal situation the cost of the 21 Steps workbooks,
counselling and online support may be covered by your family employee assistance program
— please check with your benefits provider. In the alternative, costs you have
fronted for your 21 Steps edition, counselling and
Support — typically up to $500 — may be eligible for reimbursement by your
health insurance provider.
If you are not covered or are only partially covered by a health benefits or insurance plan,
the proof of purchase provided to you during your purchase of the
21 Steps to Stop Gambling Workbooks and Support, may serve as your proof of
eligibility for a tax deductable expenditure. By checking your local tax jurisdictions
guidelines for medical and educational expenses, you may learn that the costs of your
workbooks, support and any counselling fees you incur, during the course of your recovery,
qualify as a tax deductable expense.