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    • 01
      Jun

    Beginners Guide to Gambling (Addiction)

    30% of Londoners would chose playing at a casino table over bungee jumping and other thrilling experiences, a YouGov study revealed in London Evening Standard 28/05/15 Now, I am not anti recreational gambling and I am certainly not anti-thrill seeking …

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    • 13
      Feb

    Flight into Gambling Addiction. The Reasons are not Rocket Science.

    Is it really so hard to understand gambling addiction in women? Maybe sometimes we try so hard to really rationalise it, through scientific scrutiny, getting so caught up in stats, facts and figures that we can miss the obvious Science, …

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    • 24
      Nov

    National Lottery & Gambling Addiction: Could it be You?

    The UK National lottery just celebrated  its 20th Anniversary and indeed  it has a lot to celebrate. As part of its philanthropic work the lottery has donated over £32 billion to more than 430,000 community projects and government institutions. Over …

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    • 10
      Nov

    The Ultimate Cost of Gambling Addiction?

    On Friday last week the London Evening Standard’s front page carried a photo of a attractive young actress, smiling, arm in arm with her husband. The photo accompanied an article covering the inquest that day into the suicide of Lynsey …

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    • 01
      Oct

    Smartcards Stop Gambling Addiction? We Must Get Smart About the Real Issues.

    This week the conservative government in the UK announced proposals to introduce smart cards to those in receipt of benefits.  Benefits would be paid onto smartcards and would block transactions for products such as alcohol, gambling and cigarettes.The aim is …

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    • 19
      Sep

    Gambling Relapse Starts Subtly.

    Relapse never just ‘happens’. Experience has shown me that there is always a reason for relapse and, that always,  it begins long before we see it in action. Somebody I am currently working with described it as an ‘itch’. That …

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    • 04
      Jul

    Gambling Stories: At What Cost That Win?

    “So you still playing poker then”? asked the first guy of his workmate. ” Yeah, I won £800 the other night” his workmate proudly replied. “Well, that;s not bad if you can get it !” said his mate, with an …

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    • 11
      Jun

    Betrayal: Its Impact on Addict & Family

    It seems easy to split roles into  ‘hero’ and ‘villain,’  looking in on addiction.  The addict as villain, and long suffering family as hero.    In my experience it is not quite that simple…   On Monday, in my favorite local …

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    • 04
      Jun

    Online Gambling Addiction: A ball for Modern Cinderella

    Five days ago it was revealed that the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) had reported 47% more cases of emotional abuse to the police and children’s services than in the previous year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27625958   Last week I wrote …

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    • 27
      May

    Gambling & Self Harm: Distracting from Emotional Pain.

    At the weekend I injured my lower back in the most painful and surprising style. I would like to tell you that it was whilst rock climbing  or in pursuit of some other equally dynamic way of spending a British …

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