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Gambling addiction support group launches in Truro

Gambling addiction support group launches in Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 2nd February 2020. (Updated at 7:23am 2nd February 2020)

The first support group for people suffering from gambling addiction starts in Truro - set up by a dad from who says his experience almost cost him his life.

Lee Russell has told Pirate FM how he hid behind gambling after his daughter was stillborn.

He racked up spiralling debts from online betting sites, saying he lost more than 100 thousand pounds over 12 years.

The 32-year-old had even written suicide notes for his family.

Now on the road to recovery, Lee has set up an anonymous support group for other people who are facing addiction.

He has also been going into local schools to talk about his struggles with gambling.

You can read more about Lee's story here.

The first session is being held on Sunday 2nd February, from 6.30pm to 8pm, at Cafe Chaos in Truro.

The anonymous sessions will then be held every Sunday at the same time and location.

Former Gambling Addict, Lee Russell
A man from Truro has told Pirate FM how his addiction to online gambling almost cost him his life.

How can I get support to deal with a gambling problem?

Gamblers Anonymous is one of the main support groups for people with a compulsive addiction.

It runs a 12-step programme to help addicts with the road to recovery and has the following advice.

What is a compulsive gambling?

"There are many and varying interpretations of compulsive gambling. The explanation that seems most acceptable to GA members is that compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in its nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.

"Before coming to GA, many compulsive gamblers thought of themselves as morally weak or just “no good". The GA concept is that the compulsive gambler is a very sick person who can recover by following a very simple programme, to the best of his or her own ability that has proved successful for thousands of other men and women with a similar problem".

Gamblers Anonymous

What are the 12 steps suggested as a programme of recovery?

  1. We admitted we were powerless over gambling - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to a normal way of thinking and living.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of this Power of our own understanding.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral and financial inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have these defects of character removed.
  7. Humbly asked God (of our understanding) to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God ( as we understand him) praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having made an effort to practice these principles in all our affairs, we tried to carry this message to other compulsive gamblers.
Former Gambling Addict, Lee Russell
Now Lee has launched his own support group in Truro - to help other sufferers

Where to go to get help:

You can contact Gamblers Anonymous on , via email on info@gamblersanonymous.org.uk or via the Gamblers Anonymous website.

The group Gambling With Lives, set up by the families and friends of young addicts who have taken their own lives, also offers support.

You can contact them on 07864 299158, via email at info@gamblingwithlives.org or via the Gambling With Lives website.

The NHS also has advice to overcome problem gambling, including a list of contacts for other support groups.

You can contact Lee for details about his new support group on Leebart20@aol.com

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