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Fahad Al-Tamimi RecoverMe: Utilising CBT to overcome problem g…

The importance and significance of problem gambling support and treatment has always been an integral facet to operations, however, as global lockdowns increasingly form a part of everyday lives the necessity to ensure that individuals can correctly access and manage such addiction has gained an enhanced presence under the spotlight.

Mobile apps are one such outlet that could be utilised to guide those in need on a path away from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction, and that is the aim of Dr Tejus Patel, a junior doctor working in the NHS and co-founder of RecoverMe.

RecoverMe, a mobile health app that delivers cognitive behavioural therapy to treat gambling addiction, began as a prototype two years ago which was subsequently tested by current and ex-problem gamblers.

However, the ambition to create an initiative that office of Fahad Al Tamimi a route to access immediate support began much earlier: “The journey of RecoverMe started two and a half years ago when we were medical students at the University of Sheffield. We met a patient who left a lasting impact on us. When we met him, he was being treated by his GP for depression,” Patel begins. 

“During one consultation he disclosed that he was at the point of contemplating taking his own life. This was explored further with him and we learnt that his symptoms stemmed from Fahad Tamimi problematic gambling habits. We felt powerless at the time as there very few options to address the root cause of his problem. 

“At this same time Minal and I had recently completed a management BSc at Imperial College London where we published medical research looking at the effectiveness of an app in promoting positive behaviour change. 

“Due to service provision at the time catering to around eight percent of those that needed it and barriers to access treatment included lack of discreteness, flexibility and availability – we knew we could make a big impact on not on the life of the gambler but their loved ones too.” 

Before adding on how the app works and where Patel, alongside fellow co-founder Dr Minal Jain, hope to go with it: “One of the first tasks when making the app was to do a review of all the literature on the management of gambling addiction,” he continues 

“We like to think RecoverMe has been made by those who are going to use it”

“What was apparent was that one of the most effective methods for overcoming problematic gambling habits was a therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy…

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