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The Providence Projects are one of only a few organisations in the UK providing comprehensive gambling rehab programmes. Individuals come from all over the UK for treatment at The Providence Projects. Our addiction treatments are designed to help you stop gambling and develop the skills to stop gambling long term.

There are a range of gambling addiction treatment programmes available ranging from 4 – 12 weeks. Our addiction specialists would be happy to run through those programmes with you either online or on the telephone.

Gambling Rehab Assessment

To ensure you find the right gambling rehab programme, The Providence Projects offer free rehabilitation assessment, which can be carried out either on the phone or face to face. Many prefer to complete the assessment on the phone as it is quicker and saves travelling whilst some prefer to come and meet us and have a look at the facility.

The assessment for the gambling rehab is completely free. It is very useful in identifying the exact nature of the problem and allows us to advise you on the next steps of action. As part of your assessment, we will explore the:

  • history of your gambling
  • nature of the gambling
  • gambling frequency
  • any patterns
  • any related behaviour
  • any other help you have had with this problem in the past

We treat all forms of gambling addiction at The Providence Projects. Our gambling treatments can be applied to more ‘traditional’ gambling, such as horse racing and greyhound racing, but also more common methods of gambling including online gambling, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT), poker and bingo.

Our assessment will help us identify the problem and put together a recommended plan to help you overcome your addiction.

Once you have completed your free rehabilitation assessment, we will provide recommendations. At this point we recommend that you discuss our recommendations with your friends or family. Recommendations can range from outpatient weekly counselling, to intensive residential rehab programmes depending on the severity and nature of the compulsive gambling.

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What next?

If, after assessment, you decide that you want a place with The Providence Projects, arranging admission is a simple and confidential process. Our admissions team are available 24/7 and will arrange the whole admissions process for you. Once a date is agreed, you will be sent an admission pack with all the information you require. From here you will begin your journey into recovery from gambling addiction.

Of course, it is natural to be nervous about coming to rehab. Rest assured that, in our experience, you will feel comfortable within a day or two. In many cases, people choose to extend their stay!

Gambling rehab - day one

In your admission pack, you will have received all the information you need and your assigned arrival time, usually around midday.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by the counselling team who will run through your assessment again with you to ensure all the information is still correct before starting your ‘orientation’. During this process, you will be shown around the facility, introduced to your peers and complete your paperwork. Part of this will include your initial treatment plan which will outline the areas that we will be working on initially, based upon your assessment.

You will also be given a copy of the timetable. This explains upcoming sessions and activities and when they are taking place.

Once you have fully completed your admission, you will immediately commence on the rehab programme.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith reviewed Providence Projects - 5
5 November 2017  

A very special place, with wonderful staff. 3 years on life is amazing. Thank you so much for everything you all did for me. Alcohol dependant and a chronic gambler the Provi gave me a platform to turn life around and that it has, meaningful relationships, wonderful friends and most importantly peace of mind. You told me good things would happen and they have – and continue to do so. Highly recommended… See more

Gambling rehab programme

The intensive gambling rehab programme is made up of a range of interventions to treat mind, body and spirit.

At The Providence Projects we use one-one counselling, group work, and a range of other activities to ensure a holistic approach.

As well as analysing your compulsive gambling in depth, we will also help you explore and address some of the underlying and potentially related issues in both one-one and group sessions. Your plan is bespoke and tailored to your individual needs, but the type of issues that we regularly explore may include:

  • Self esteem
  • Relationships
  • Families
  • Money management
  • Boundaries
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness
  • Consequences
  • Stress management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Triggers
  • Cravings

About our gambling rehab centre

The Providence Projects was set up in 1996 to provide addiction treatment to people from all over the UK. Most commonly, alcohol and drugs were the two most common addictions that we saw.

Over the last 10 years, we have seen a continual rise in the number of people seeking help for their compulsive gambling. This continues to be the fastest growing addiction that we see.

The Providence Projects is a great environment for gambling therapy and treatment. It is not a hospital, but a safe and comfortable place to begin the journey into recovery. Some of our clients have issues with both gambling and alcohol or gambling and drugs, whilst others just have a gambling problem. Either way, we can help.

Our centre is just a few hundred yards from the long beautiful stretch of sandy beach and is the perfect place to concentrate on overcoming your addiction and rebuilding your life. It has worked for thousands of others; it can work for you too.

Benefits of gambling rehab

  • Opportunity to address underlying issues
  • Money management
  • Comprehensive rehab programme, delivered by skilled addiction professionals
  • The chance to be honest and start again
  • Begin to rebuild damaged relationships
  • Brighter future
  • Identify triggers and causes
  • Develop the skills to remain gambling free

What is gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction is sometimes called ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘problem gambling’. We refer to it as addiction as there are very few differences between gambling addiction and drug addiction. The definition of gambling addiction is having a continuous urge to gamble, despite the negative consequences on your life.

There are different types of gambling addict. Gambling addicts do not have to gamble daily. In fact, the amount you gamble is not a reflection of the severity of the addiction.

There are those who may only gamble once a month in a casino. However, they regularly lose control and after setting themselves a limit of £200, leave the casino at 4am, having lost £1,000.

There are those who only gamble at the end of each week. They go to place a football accumulator and whilst in the betting shop, play the roulette machine. Whilst playing the roulette machine, they gamble more than intended and lose the money that was for going out at the weekend.

There are those who play poker online for days at a time; convinced they are a better poker player than everyone else but when they do the sums, they have lost; only to blame bad luck.

Some gambling addicts cannot deny the problem. They simply gamble every penny, usually on FOBT.

Gambling addiction can apply to any these gamblers. Addiction by its definition implies that the individual is unable to control their behaviour and negative consequences will not stop the behaviour.

If this sounds like you or someone you are concerned about, please call and speak to one of trained addiction counsellors today 0800 9550945. We’re here to help.

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Gambling addiction signs & symptoms

Similar to cocaine addiction, the thrill of gambling produces a high. This sensation can be highly addictive and the reason why gamblers experience a strong desire to gamble, despite the losses. The signs and symptoms of a gambling addict may be subtle than those linked to drug addiction. However, they can also be detected if you know what to look for.

Gambling addiction symptoms might include:

  • Lying: Lying about gambling / the amount gambled / the outcome of the bet
  • Stealing or borrowing money
  • Preoccupation with gambling
  • Losing other interest or hobbies
  • Increased stress
  • Feelings of depression
  • Arguments or difficulties in your relationship

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Causes of gambling addiction

Humans are all built differently. Many people have a flutter on the Grand National, buy a lottery ticket on a Saturday, or perhaps go to the Bingo occasionally. For most people, this is something fun and entertaining with little or no consequence.

For gambling addicts, there are variety of different causes which can lead to the onset of addiction. This can be difficult to break.

Many of the gamblers that we have worked with saw gambling as an escape from the stress of modern life. In the moment, the gambling addict feels connected and engaged. They experience a thrill and nothing else matters. This feeling is highly addictive and leads to further gambling.

Although ironic, many gamblers see gambling as a way out of financial problems. They become convinced that using the right technique, perfecting their card skills, buying and selling shares or studying the form ore closely will result in a big win. Many don’t realise that the financial problems are as a result of gambling and continue this vicious cycle.

The huge rise in gambling advertising seen in recent years continues to promote gambling, making it difficult for those who may be predisposed to addiction to switch off. As well as the many television campaigns, gambling companies use tricky and aggressive direct marketing campaigns to ensure the problem gambler continues gambling. The lure of ‘free bets’ and a range of ‘special offers’ also play a part in the cause of gambling addiction.

If you or a loved one is suffering with problem gambling, talk to one of our trained addiction counsellors today. We can advise you on the best course of action and the help our gambling rehab can provide. Give us a call today on 0800 955 0945.

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