The Gordon Moody Affected Others Service is an exciting new pilot service for the friends and family of a loved one who is in treatment with Gordon Moody. This service is unique as it offers guidance, support, and advice throughout their loved one’s journey of treatment and recovery.
The new service is currently being piloted at our Dudley treatment centre and was co-produced with our alumni, current service users, and their loved ones. Support is offered from pre-treatment through to aftercare.
Affected others can receive one-to-one therapy sessions, a mediation service, and an opportunity to attend the new affected others group sessions – which are therapy lead group sessions with others whose loved ones are in our treatment services.
The uniqueness of the service is that it also offers financial and legal signposting and is led by highly experienced staff, with the project lead also having lived experience as an affected other.
Having family and friends involved in supporting those in treatment brings far better outcomes and improves the functioning ability of both the individual and the family as a whole. This service has the potential to reduce ongoing family difficulties and enable relationships to move forward more positively.
Development of the service
The service will develop throughout the pilot with ongoing input and evaluation from our alumni, current service users, and their loved ones, with the aim to roll the programme out to all treatment centres in 2024.
Sarah Forshaw, Head of Service Development, said:
“We recognise the additional challenges faced when somebody comes away into residential treatment, not just for the person entering treatment but also for their loved ones, and equally the opportunities it creates for regaining control and providing respite.
“To co-produce a service with people who are or have been affected others due to loved ones gambling addiction, is key to both improving long-term recovery outcomes for people struggling with gambling addiction but also addresses the wider harm caused to those around them. Quite often when people come away into treatment, their loved ones are left behind both physically and also in the recovery journey.
“This service will provide dedicated support to loved ones to address these harms as well as joint support and sessions to rebuild relationships and trust. People will be able to go on to rebuild their lives and thrive, not just get by.
“For every person entering residential treatment, this service could improve the lives of a further six to ten people.”