Get practical support with your gambling problem Forum GMA residential treatment, Q & A Are you on the waiting list for a bedspace in one of our treatement centres?

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  • #8700
    janey1
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    Hi

    I’m Jane Fahy, the Clinical Services Manager for Gambling Therapy.  Gambling Therapy is an online service for people who are adversely affected by gambling and we form an integral part of the Gordon Moody Association.  We’re in the process of introducing a new service specifically for people who’re waiting to come into the residential treatment centre and I wanted to update you all on it 🙂

    If you’re currently on the waiting list you’ll soon be receiving the very best in residential treatment for the issues you’re facing.  However, while you’re waiting a dedicated member of the Gambling Therapy team can be here to support you online.   We can offer advice and listen to what’s going on for you, we can “meet up” with you in cyberspace so you can let us know how you’re coping and you can use our website to talk to your peers in forums and online groups to receive emotional support and learn about what works for them.

    We don’t aim to replace the kind of support you’ll receive in residential treatment but we can be here for you every step of the way whilst you’re waiting because we know it can be a very difficult and confusing time. 

    If you have applied for, and been given a bed space, at one of the Gordon Moody Association Residential Treatment Centres we will soon be contacting you and you can come and check us out.  You can find us here http://www.gamblingtherapy.org

    Thanks for reading!

                         

    Jane Fahy (MBACP)

    Clinical Services Manager

    #8701
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    Hi janey1 I have been offered a place at your Dudley centre and I was wondering what sort of waiting list I am up against. I realise there are probably a limited amount of spaces available but I am somewhat relying on Gordon Moody to finally rid me of this gambling burden that has been with me for forty odd years. I have been visiting the forum every day and find it useful to help me through day to day with my urges to gamble but I fear that self control is not going to work long term and I will need experienced support very soon.

    #8702
    Brokelad
    Participant

    Hi riverdale, I’m currently on the waiting list too, I was wondering what forum are you finding helpful as I’m really struggling everyday with this horrible addiction?

    #8703
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    Hi Brokelad, I find that just reading other peoples stories is helpful to me because I had the feeling before I joined that I was very alone in my addiction. I don’t know about you but my family have virtually stopped talking to me now because of the lies and deciet I have put them through over the years and as for friends they just melted away fed up with lending me money no doubt. I too struggle with the urges to gamble every day but I keep a record of everything now

    #8704
    Brokelad
    Participant

    I will start doing that thanks, yeah I’m in that exact same position. I’ve just pushed everyone to there limits and now I’m just punishing myself for the wrongs I have done. Back to your first post I was told 3 month waiting list

    #8705
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    I too was told 3 months so it is quite possible we will meet up at some point. In the meantime we can keep in touch on a regular basis and help each other through this. I just tell myself each day that I am one step nearer. Of course it helps to have no money and the tough test will be when I have but I am confident that I can do this.

    #8706
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    Hi Brokelad well its January 3rd now and I don’t know about you but I have been gamble free for a little while now. Of course it has helped me being skint anyway so it took away the opportunity. I hope you are doing well yourself, let us really make this work in 2016 because I think we both need a clean start.

    #8707
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    Just a quick note to enquire how you are doing. I myself have had a couple of relapses since the New year and feel quite ashamed of myself. I hope you are doing well in your quest for a better and gamble free life, please stay in touch and let me know how you are.

    #8708
    Brokelad
    Participant

    Sorry just been able to get to the computer, I’ve had a few relapses myself not many and not a lot but a bet is a bet, hope your doing well and being strong

    #8709
    bobobaldy
    Participant

    Hi, I have just completed the 14 weeks in rehab & 6 weeks relapse prevention u would never believe how much better I feel as a person as a man even doing this has changed me as a low self esteem person to a positive considerate man. I was 1 choice away from not being here today in am glad I choose the right 1. You both have chosen the right one as well being on the waiting list should give u the encouragement to say this is the beginning of my new life. Hope u both stay safe & get in soon

    #8710
    riverdaleboy
    Participant

    Thank you bobobaldy for your encouraging post. I am finding the wait for a bed space very difficult. The past couple of weeks have been up and down for me. Some days I feel strong and determined but I have had also some bad days when the gambling urge feels like a fluttering in my heart which is really hard to shake off. What worries me most is that if I had some money in my pocket those urges would get the better of me because apart from this forum there is nobody around me giving me any support, quite the opposite in fact I feel that they are mocking my efforts to break this demon in me. I hope that Brokelad is doing better than I am because I am suffering a bit at the moment.

    #8711
    Kevrum74
    Participant

    Hi am due to attend beckrnham on the 22nd Feb I am just wanting some advice from others who attended I am nervous and excited all at the same time time

    #8712
    bobobaldy
    Participant

    Just keep ur chin up speak to office next week & see if any progress on a date. It can be a long wait but it is worth it. Few coping skills. Try & fill ur time with positive things to do. Try & budget ur money don’t take excess out with u as ur putting urself into a dangerous mode. These small things will get u in the right frame of mind. Most importantly talk to people tell them if ur struggling.

    #8713
    bobobaldy
    Participant

    Hi. I can only give advice for dudley but programs are about the same. Go in with an open approach & attitude if possible take some basic food supplys in with u as the 1st thing u do us budget ur money which makes u look at it in a different light instead of it burning a hole in ur pocket. U need to willing to change everything if that’s wot is requires u to stop gambling. Be honest with urself & the staff that’s the most important thing. There is nothing u have done which someone else hasn’t done b4 u. 14 weeks goes quick to use that time & work hard with the staff & u WILL see the real you & the difference is fantastic.

    #8714
    Kevrum74
    Participant

    Thanks how do they budget you, also what is it like on a daily basis please it sound really good though

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