Gambling Addiction: An Epidemic?

Gambling Addiction: An Epidemic?

Sep 14, 2017 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Our CEO, Paul Spanjar, has been asked to speak on both BBC radio and television in the last week regarding gambling addiction.  At the Providence Projects, we have experienced huge growth in demand for our gambling addiction treatment with some common themes.  Most commonly the addiction is either on-line gambling or FOBT (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals).  Both of these methods of gambling are incredibly destructive and can result in enormous losses.

What particularly concerns us is the aggressive nature of promotion and advertising which is undoubtedly appealing to young and potential future gamblers.  From the constant stream of adverts on all live televised sport, to the sponsorship and promotion deals with leading sports teams, as well as the direct marketing.  Once registered online, people are bombarded by text and email with regular ‘special offers’ and incentives to gamble more.  This incessant pressure makes it very difficult to break the habit and usually results in further gambling.  To justify these tactics, they simply add a message about ‘safe gambling’!

The growing dependence we have on mobile technology and the internet is a dream for bookmakers, gambling websites and on-line bingo.  No longer does a gambler need to go to the bookies or have access to cash; you really can gamble 24/7.

Compulsive gambling results in awful consequences; broken relationships, bankruptcy, job loss, depression, anxiety and suicide.  In many instances, private gambling rehab programmes are the best solution.  In the programme, the compulsive gambler can firstly stop gambling but then, most importantly, address the underlying or related issues and develop the skills to ‘stay stopped’.  The success rates of the gambling rehab treatment at The Providence projects is very high.  

If you are concerned about your gambling or the gambling of a loved one and would like to find out more about our range of rehab programmes, please contact us at the Providence Projects, a private rehab clinic in the UK, or call us anytime on 0800 955 09 45.

Why Us:

The Providence Projects has been successfully delivering alcohol and drug rehab for over 20 years. The highly skilled counselling team and a proven and innovative treatment programme combine to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible chance of recovery.

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Our Model:

Steve Spiegel and Dr Turnbull agreed a mission when opening The Providence Projects in 1996 and our mission has remained the same; to provide effective and affordable addiction treatment in order to help men, women and families begin the process of recovery.

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If you are the person with the problem, or if you are the friend or family member and you want to speak confidentially or find out about the detox and rehab packages, please call us today and speak to one of our highly skilled addiction specialists on 0800 9550945.

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