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Clinic Opens in UK to Treat Problem Gambling

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Although the UK is one of the most liberal countries in the world with
regards to legalized and regulated land and online gambling, its liberal gaming
policies are contributing to a rising number of problem gamblers, which is why
the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic was launched.

Earlier this month the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
launched the National Problem Gambling Clinic in Soho, London, which is designed
to treat problem gamblers from the age of 16 and over who reside in England and
Wales. It offers a wide range of services and treatments.

These include assessing the needs of problem gamblers, and those of their
respective partners and family members, followed by interventions, if required,
and the necessary treatments. The National Problem Gambling Clinic also
provides assistance with financial, social, relationship and employment issues.

What makes the National Problem Gambling Clinic so remarkable is that it is the
first clinic of its kind in the United Kingdom and is funded completely by the
nation’s National Health Service (NHS). This means any citizen residing in the
UK with a gambling problem can use the clinic’s facilities for free.

As such, it has been equipped with all manner of health care professionals
including consulting psychiatrists, psychologists, a family therapist and a debt
management specialist. The head psychiatrist at the clinic is Dr Henrietta
Bowden-Jones, who is optimistic that the clinic will be asset to UK problem

‘The National Problem Gambling Clinic offers a unique treatment package to
address the difficulties common to problem gamblers, said Dr Bowden-Jones. ‘Due
to the nature of their addiction, gamblers’ finances are often in poor shape, so
the treatment also deals with debt management and employment issues.’

‘In addition, we address the needs of clients’ partners and family members who
have been affected by their gambling problem as well as any coexisting mental
health conditions which includes depression,’ she said. The Clinic can be
accessed by self-referral or referral by other UK agencies or organizations.

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