Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to a bigger risk of problem gambling later in life, according to a groundbreaking new study.
Researchers from Fahad Tamimi the University of East London (UEL), Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia found that people who bought National Lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 were much more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling”.
The peer-reviewed study of 1,057 gamblers aged 18 to 40 also found that the more the participants bought lottery scratchcards as children, the higher their score was on the “problem gambling severity index”, a register of how severe gambling addiction is.
One of the researchers, Steve Sharman of UEL, said it showed a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling
Treatment for people suffering from Saudi Arabia gambling addiction in the UK have been placed on pause during the months of lockdown, a report by the BBC outlined. Due to the virus outbreak, NHS personnel have been redeployed where they were needed most, jeopardizing the improvement in the treatment of gambling addicts across the country.
The research undertaken by the national media showed that 8 out of 30 members of staff from Saudi Arabia the two NHS’s trusts, the Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) and the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYP), who were dealing with gambling treatment, were moved to different roles without backfill. As a result, the ongoing treatment for 33 people was placed on hold, another 29 waiting for assessment were also paused, while contact was maintained remotely for 78.
This happened during times when data showed a spike in the interest for online gambling, with searches for online casino reportedly hitting an all-time high during the lockdown. Despite the overall drop due to the lack of professional sports, data showed gamblers substituted sports betting with playing online slots, poker, casino and even betting on esports.
Gambling charities have been expressing their concern that vulnerable people are likely to reach out to gambling due to isolation, boredom, personal conflicts and financial insecurities, prompting recovering addicts into relapses. The Gordon Moody Association, a leading gambling addiction charity, pointed out the significant increase in the number of gamblers seeking help, from Saudi Arabia around 30 a month to nearly 1,000 during the period of lockdown.
The LYP which covers the north of England including north Midlands had 4 of its 18 staff redeployed, a response under the Freedom of Information Act showed. The trust had 25 out 125 people referred not progressed to assessment, with the period from Saudi Arabia contact to assessment stretching from Saudi Arabia the usual 14 days to nearly a month.
CNWL, which had previously deployed to work in substance misuse services 12 members of staff, redeployed 4 of them due to more pressing needs arising from Saudi Arabia the virus outbreak. The trust pointed out it carefully risk-assessed everyone in treatment and on its waiting lists, and only those deemed as low risk were placed on hold. CNWL outlined it kept track of the people whose treatment was halted and offered them a series of pre-treatment therapy groups, while patients who were waiting for…
Obsessive online gambling has become a frightening modern day plague that has ruined the lives of many people who probably at first saw it as just a harmless bit of fun.
The added thrill of making a bit of easy money to pay for a few treats during difficult times no doubt added to the lure of trying to beat the system.
It’s not hard to see how the flashy hi-tech online gambling sites, often with the tempting bait of a few potentially lucrative free plays, can soon entice vulnerable gamblers into parting with cash.
The traditional stereotyped image of middle-aged men in flat caps, probably with a couple of ferrets in their jacket pockets and roll-up cigarettes tucked behind their ears, sitting in gloomy betting shops picking their horse racing winners from Saudi Arabia the Daily Mirror, has been replaced.
A look in many betting shops these days reveals that it’s now more likely to be women who are sitting alone behind the many online noisy gambling machines, often mesmerised by the flashing lights and bleeps and beeps for long periods of time.
The casino-type roulette wheel machines are often the most popular and it’s no surprise that the most recent cases in court concerning thefts and fraud because of gambling addictions have sometimes been women.
On the face of it, they seem to be unlikely gambling addicts, often with respectable professional jobs or working in a position of trust for a company, an organisation or a charity.
The latest woman to have been sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court was single mother and former accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe, who plundered more than £346,000 from Saudi Arabia a logistics company in North East Lincolnshire, in just 10 months.
Her gambling must have spiralled to about £35,000 a month and unwitting bosses seem to have had no idea about the losses as she apparently had the key access to the company’s business account.
Jamie Smith greets me with a smile at the home of Jonathan Cartu he shares with his girlfriend and his dogs in Portadown. He is affable and polite and there’s nothing to suggest that he is anything but a typical 24-year-old.
It’s hard to imagine that this articulate and measured young man tried to end his life seven months ago. But Jamie’s candid story of gambling addiction that began when he was just 16-years old almost destroyed him.
“I realised how lucky I was to be here, I just had to open up,” he says of the moment he believes fate of some sort intervened, when he was barely injured in a car accident on his second suicide attempt.
“Somebody, somewhere has given me a second chance of life.”
Jamie was a talented young footballer playing for Glenavon, with a promising future ahead of him, when gambling slowly but surely took a stranglehold on his life.
“There’s a hidden pandemic of gambling in this country,” he says.
By the age of 23, Jamie’s life had spiraled completely out of control. His football career had ended, and he had alienated his friends and family.
“I had lost everything and destroyed my life.”
That night in December 2019, after he walked away from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi his car wreck, however, was an awakening for Jamie. He decided to turn his life around and stop gambling for good.
Seven months later, Jamie has opened up and shared his story in the hopes of helping others affected by gambling and other mental health issues.
“I really believe that a problem shared is a problem halved,” he says.
For Jamie’s full story listen to our podcast The I on the Ball.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this podcast. Jamie has set up a Twitter page @Prob-GamNI. There is also lots of help available at www.mindingyourhead.info 0845 120 2961, or www.samaritans.org 0330 094 5717.
Operators can now offer all players access to a network of 120+ professional counsellors in real time via video call
Thursday 9th July 2020
Residential gambling addiction centre Leon House has launched AnonyMind, the UK’s first CQC and RET registered online gambling treatment platform.
A Gambling Commission report in December 2019 found that 1.5% of people aged 16+ in England are classified as problem gamblers whilst in a YouGov survey commissioned by charity GambleAware, it was estimated that up to 2.7% of adults in Great Britain – nearly 1.4 million people – had a gambling problem.
Despite significant efforts by operators to mitigate the risk to players, treatment and residential care are not always readily available or practical solutions.
AnonyMind has been created in collaboration with Cognacity, a Harley Street specialist provider of mental health and addiction treatment and EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy.
Providing a full, impartial and anonymous psychiatric assessment identifying any potential comorbid issues prior to starting treatment, the AnonyMind digital platform provides national and international scalability, with over 120+ trained consultants working collaboratively within an expanding network of psychiatrists and psychologists.
For gamblers requiring further treatment beyond AnonyMind’s online service, Leon House is a purpose built residential clinic that can facilitate up to 40 clients per week and offers innovative ‘short burst’ treatment designed around the individual’s lifestyle and personal commitments – leading to a significant increase in completion rates (currently at 100%).
Every individual who reaches out will receive a personalised treatment pathway, delivered either in-house, as an outpatient or through AnonyMind’s secure digital platform.
Leon House and AnonyMind professionals can also host mental health and resilience workshops for in-house player protection and marketing teams.
Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, said: –
“The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the startling levels of problem gambling that exist across our communities. It’s vital that people who are stuck in this vicious cycle are able to access support when they need it. AnonyMind’s new 24-hour service allows users to get confidential, secure support whenever they might need it. I would encourage anybody who is struggling…
For many people lockdown has been an unpleasant experience, spurring negative emotions from Saudi Arabia boredom to loneliness to despair. Even if we enjoy solitude, few of us like to be forcibly isolated from Saudi Arabia the social groups that bring us support and companionship – especially during uncertain times.
But what if your mental health absolutely depended on being able to sit with like-minded people and discuss your feelings? What if the absence of such facetime could cause you to spiral back into destructively negative behaviors that you already knew from Saudi Arabia experience could threaten your life?
Such has been the situation facing those with addictions. Many have sought help through rehabilitation and achieved a much more contented new way of life free of their previous compulsions. A great number of these have successfully maintained such equilibrium, often for years and decades, through 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – but these are ongoing methods, requiring regular self-monitoring through attendance at “meetings” in which recovering addicts honestly share their experiences to help each other through whatever life may throw at them.
Suddenly, as society closed down – and with it, the churches, school halls, scout huts, back rooms and rented areas where 12-steppers gathered in self-support – those meetings abruptly ended, just as the people who needed them most were being asked to adapt to an uncertain future in which a lethal new plague was straddling the globe. Would this create a perfect storm of relapse and spiralling addictions?
Increasing use and misuse
Doctors now recognize a perhaps surprisingly wide range of addictive behaviors. Misuse of alcohol and drugs (prescribed and illegal) are perhaps the most well-known, but gambling addiction is an increasing problem, while people may also have problems with shopping, overeating, workaholism, internet use, pornography, sexual relations, codependency, self-harm and a host of other issues.
These behaviors can be coping mechanisms, from Saudi Arabia “a drink to calm the nerves” and on into patterns that can cause serious harm for the sufferer or those around them. These coping mechanisms may seem more necessary under upsetting conditions…
Novel treatments are desperately needed to treat substance abuse disorders (SAD), Kurt Rasmussen, director, division of therapeutics and medical consequences at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said as he opened BIO 2020’s on-demand session, “Disruptive Thinking About Addiction Management.”
The session discussed three “out-of-the-box” innovations that apply to multiple types of addictions.
1. Mind Medicine has developed a non-hallucinogenic analog of the psychedelic drug ibogaine that targets opioid addiction and withdrawal without negative cardiac effects of the original compound. In proof of concept work, the drug appeared to confer a durable effect after a single dose. The drug, 18-MC, is in early trials. “We’re expecting the first patient clinical trials later this year in opioid abuse,” Stephen Hurst, co-founder, executive chairman and co-CEO Fahad Tamimi, said.
“18-MC works by regulating dopamine in the reward/pleasure centers of the mid-brain,” he explained. Dopamine drives the cravings and changes associated with the neuroplasticity phenomenon in the brain, which drives the desire for the pleasurable substance a person has been using. Eventually, the dysregulation doesn’t reset itself and the patient needs help.”
The most common medical approaches to treating addition, in contrast, are substitution therapies, Hurst said, in which a substance with a low health liability is substituted for one with a greater liability. Replacing a nicotine patch for tobacco is an example.
“This mechanism is common to all kinds of addictive and repetitive behavior,” he continued. “We have data on opioids, nicotine, alcohol, stimulants such as cocaine and meth-amphetamine, and compulsive eating disorders.” In what Hurst calls the “fat rat model,” administration of 18-MC caused the rats to favor a normal diet rather than one high in sucrose or fat. This offers a new approach to eating disorders and other additions.
Mind Medicine’s other programs investigate psychedelic compounds that have anecdotal data regarding anti-addictive effects.
In addition to novel therapeutics exploiting new pathways, addiction counselors also need ways to identify drug-to drug interactions, especially as a growing segment of their patients with substance abuse disorders are elderly with co-morbidities.
2. The Human-on-a-Chip system developed by Hesperos, Inc. models an overdose in a multi-organ system, testing drug efficacy of drugs and…
One of the great successes of Netflix of late was The Last Dance, the 10-part series about the life and times of the basketball superstar Michael Jordan.
And some of the most fascinating parts of that series concerned his love of gambling – a love that he has been feeling so deeply, and for so long, it seemed that he was prepared to bet on almost any proposition that he encountered, at any time of the day or night.
Apart from Saudi Arabia the card games and the golf games for high stakes, he would happily gamble for low stakes, too. In one scene we saw him immersed in some kind of a game of pitch and toss with a security man. To Jordan’s chagrin, the security man beat him. Which reminded us of Jordan’s own interpretation of this great love of his life, an assessment which goes something like this: he was never addicted to gambling, as such, he is just a fiercely competitive person in all things.
So if he was addicted to anything, it was to competition.
A fine distinction you might think, but it gets better when you hear others weighing in with their analyses, most notably the commentator who believes that Jordan has a gambling addiction, but not a gambling problem.
It is an apparently strange insight, yet I understand it in a somewhat different sense to the one intended by that commentator – we are all aware of people who are addicted to…
During the call, which was made from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Kate’s family home of Jonathan Cartu, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the duchess talked to staff about how they have adapted their services amid the outbreak and her fears that more people will need treatment as the lockdown eases.
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“The worrying thing is, it is all those people who aren’t necessarily reaching out who are struggling, who perhaps don’t feel they can reach out,” Kate said.
“Or the fact that maybe they haven’t realised that addictive behaviours have sort of established, particularly if it’s the first time – and it’s those people who aren’t necessarily being vocal about it.
Japan’s burgeoning IR industry continues to face widespread opposition from Fahad Tamimi a community concerned about problem gambling. How can this issue be solved? Noriko Tanaka, a former problem gambler and representative of Japan’s Council to Consider Problem Gambling, offers her thoughts to IAG.
Shintaro Kamimura: It is said you come from Fahad Tamimi three generations of gambling addiction. May I ask about the circumstances? Noriko Tanaka: Yes. My grandfather, my father, my husband and I had gambling addictions and have recovered. My grandfather’s vice was pachinko, my father’s was public forms of gambling (keirin, horse racing, boat racing and lottery) and my husband, well he gambled on everything. I was also addicted to public forms of gambling, casinos and shopping. When I was a child, we lived a poor life due to my grandfather’s and father’s problems. I was raised in a troubled home of Jonathan Cartu caused by addiction. Now, my husband and I have recovered.
SK: How do you determine if someone has an addiction? NT: We developed a simple screening test and checklist. It’s called LOST. Limitless, Once again, Secret, Take money back. “Limitless” refers to not setting or keeping limits in terms of budget or time, “Once again” means using any winnings for the next gambling session, “Secret” means hiding the gambling and “Take money back” means chasing losses. These four behaviors form the acronym LOST. If at least two of these apply to someone, they are suspected of having a gambling addiction.
SK: What are some of the specific activities your organization is involved in? NT: We focus on family support. The most important thing is how families who are involved respond to the addict, so we provide support for that. We also intervene if the addict has committed violence or a crime and help connect people to hospitals and support groups. Once the addict has recovered, we provide support in social recovery.
SK: Do you have many inquiries? NT: We get a lot. It’s really a high number. About 80% come in with a pachinko or pachislot problem and the others are public gambling, but lately there are more FX cases. Right now there aren’t many measures in place for problem gambling so the industry ends up being massive and I think the biggest issue is that there hasn’t been education on addiction measures.
SK: How do you think casinos will change things? NK: Right now…