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Gordon Moody will be offering residential treatment for women aged 18 and above in the very near future...

A New Service for Women

The number of women gambling in the UK and the number of women suffering from gambling addiction is at an all-time high.

Women gamblers and affected women are in urgent need of better quality and more extensive support and treatment.

Gordon Moody will be opening an innovative residential treatment centre specifically for women gamblers in the UK in autumn 2021. The centre will offer a unique safe environment to treat  ten women who are severely affected by gambling.

Lived Experience

The new residential centre will see service users engage with those with lived experience and using the latest research in a programme that effectively recognises the wider issues surrounding gambling addiction in women.

Women are uniquely skilled at keeping it all together while falling apart. And ‘falling apart’ can mean personally, because of gambling addiction, or dealing with the impact of problem gambling within a relationship or family situation.

And ‘keeping it all together’ can mean many women are reluctant to explore anything other than short-term interventions to help them personally, or shouldering more ‘everyday burdens’ to support a male family member.

That can mean that some women prefer to just ‘put a toe in the treatment water’. The reality is, however, that many need more extensive and intensive residential therapy treatment in order to turn their lives around.

Safe Environment

Basing our model on evidence for the need for treatment from our own female service users we plan to provide both greater residential care in a safe, female focused environment and also provide greater support for women affected by another’s gambling.

The women will come from all backgrounds and undergo a treatment programme that effectively recognises the wider issues surrounding gambling addictions in women.

Friends and families of the affected gambler will also benefit through counselling and Gordon Moody aims to provide support for up to 120 women a year affected by another’s gambling.

Growing expertise

While there has been growing visibility of women reaching out for help, there is still work required to ensure that women get the right support, right treatment and right environment to deal with the range of complex issues that need to be tackled in helping them address their gambling disorder. Gambling is the hidden addiction, hidden further within that is the story of women gamblers and women who are affected by others.

Last year, across the National Gambling Treatment Service 30% of helpline calls came from women, with 59% seeking help for another and 41% seeking help for themselves. This equates to 9,000 women.

Last year saw an increase of more than 100,000 women going to Gordon Moody’s Gambling Therapy website, taking the total number of hits from women to more than one million. Of the total (one million-plus hits) ‘hits’, nearly 90,000 were from the UK. This was a 76% increase from the previous year.

The Gordon Moody women’s retreat and counselling programme received 160 applications for the 36 places available last year.

There is an absolutely urgent need to tackle this growing crisis with more expertise and resources.

Gordon Moody Association has been addressing this challenge for a number of years through its retreat and counselling programme, but we feel this is just the beginning of what needs to be done and we will be arguing for much more capacity to be built and more expert therapists to be trained in future.

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We want you to get the help you deserve to deal with your gambling addiction.

Before making an application for our female residential treatment centre, please read the following statements

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FAQs

  • What treatment programmes do you offer?

    There are a number of treatment options in our programmes.

    These range from outreach and online support to retreat and counselling services and residential treatment.

    To find out more go to our How We Can Help section.

  • How long is the waiting list?

    The waiting list can vary depending on the time of year but the average is four to six weeks.

  • Do I go home between assessment and treatment?

    No. If you are offered a place on a programme then treatment will begin immediately following assessment and you will not be able to go home.

  • Can I work or study while attending residential treatment?

    No. We need every resident to be fully focussed on their treatment, so contact with outside organisations is restricted.

  • Can I have my mobile phone, tablet, computer?

    Phone and internet access will be allowed at certain times. However, to allow people to focus on their recovery programme access is scheduled in through staff agreement.

  • Can I worship while attending residential treatment?

    Yes. We’re always happy to facilitate people conducting worship and religious observance.

  • Can I have visitors ? Can my partner stay at weekends ?

    Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors while you are in the residential treatment programme.  However, phone calls home to family and children are scheduled in for residents.

    The aim of the programme is to allow residents to step away from the obligations and pressures of their day-to-day life  and create an environment where they can focus on their recovery with other residents.

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