On the Turn of a Card
(Compulsive gambling costs you more than just money)
When the turn of a card; the spin of a wheel or the next goal in a game becomes so important to you that you are prepared to sacrifice more than just the money then gambling has become more than just an innocent game of chance.
Today there are an estimated 40 million gamblers worldwide and young people are participating in even greater numbers, largely in part to the easy accessibility of gambling websites and the proliferation of mobile phone use. The enormous growth in internet and mobile gambling means that often the activity is undertaken in isolation and seclusion, two factors that enable a person’s problem to remain undetected until the gambling is out of control.
Gambling in itself is not necessarily bad but when it becomes compulsive, when a person’s life begins to revolve around the activity of gambling, then life’s every day relationships and responsibilities will eventually suffer.
Steve Andrews’s talk will allow young people an insight into the progressive nature of gambling and how the illness that is compulsive gambling can develop. Drawing on his experiences, Steve will identify the symptoms and highlight the destructive patterns that accompany this form of addiction.
Gambling, like drugs or alcohol, is often used to escape from dealing with feelings and reality. The thrill and excitement of online-gaming can be a particularly attractive means of distraction for young people. Compulsive gambling can have far reaching consequences and ultimately will affect more than just your finances; it will impact on every aspect of your life – health, relationships, family life, studying, and work.
Steve’s talk will provide students with an opportunity to learn more about gambling and its consequences. In addition the talk aims to raise awareness amongst young people and in doing so will enable them to make informed choices in their own lives. Steve has now been delivering talks on behalf of the McLellan Practice for ten years and for many schools he is their first choice speaker on this important subject.