We have received so much positive feedback from this interview with our team member, Tony O'Reilly, on the brilliant 'Talking Bollox Podcast'. Raising awareness in this way, gets more people seeking help and gets more people talking about gambling addiction and its causes - which helps to destigmatise the issue.
You can listen to the audio version of the podcast here, or watch it on YouTube.
While gambling addiction is often incorrectly viewed as a 'male problem', many women develop addictions to gambling. We are proud to have had three inspirational women in recovery on The Problem Gambling Podcast, so far and would love to hear from more women who want to share their recovery stories.
This short clip from our interview with Stacey Goodwin, hits the nail on the head, regarding one of the most common fallacies which drives gambling addiction - the dream that a 'big win' will solve everything.
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Listen to the full interview with Stacey (A.K.A. 'The Girl Gambler')
Nadine Ashworth is in recovery from a gambling addiction and is a Peer Mentor at the NHS Northern Gambling Clinic.
Jenna Makela is an Expert by Experience, working with a Finnish support service for people with gambling problems.
Claire Donegan is an Expert by Experience and the CEO of Thrive Recovery
Lisa Walker is an Expert by Experience and Outreach Worker with BetKnowMore
How Can Gambling Be Addictive?
One of the biggest issues with problem gambling (Gambling Disorder/Compulsive Gambling/Pathological Gambling/Gambling Addiction) - apart from the fact that it clearly has way too many names - is the lack of understanding that exists about how a person can become addicted to a behaviour in the first place. Because there is no addictive substance, like alcohol or nicotine, involved - most people believe that stopping gambling should be as easy as steering clear of the Betting Shop or deleting a gambling app from your phone. The reality is that it's far more challenging and complicated than that.
So, I've boiled down some of the reasons why so many people develop problems with gambling, in an effort to demystify and simplify things.
In this episode of the podcast, we look at the starting point for anyone wishing to stop gambling. We cover the key areas of Access (self-exclusion), Time (what to do with your free time and to distract yourself from thoughts about gambling) and Money management. We discuss the challenges that come up for our counselling clients, as well as the advantages to having this control measures in place. The podcast is also available on Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Episode 1 of a new podcast, aiming to explore a wide variety of topics, surrounding problem gambling and gambling related harm. Presented by Tony O'Reilly and Barry Grant, this is an awareness raising project of registered charities, Problem Gambling Ireland and Extern. Barry Grant is an addiction counsellor and the founder of Problem Gambling Ireland. Tony O'Reilly is an addiction counsellor, author and expert by experience. In this first episode we discuss Tony's lived experience of addiction and recovery.
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Also available on Spotify.