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Podcasts for people who've felt gambling problems and identify with stories echoing their own experiences.

The Invisible Addiction The Invisible Addiction

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Podcasts for people who've felt gambling problems and identify with stories echoing their own experiences.

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #30: 'I Broke My Brain' - Paul Buck's Story

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #30: 'I Broke My Brain' - Paul Buck's Story

    In the final episode of The Invisible Addiction Paul Buck shares his harrowing gambling addiction story.  

    This is a Podcast not to be missed. 🛑

    Paul covers a wide range of topics including:

    - How he started gambling whilst at University of Leeds

    - Winning his first bet, placing £10 each way on a horse race 🏇

    - How his addiction progressed, transacting £4.8m across 93 betting accounts, losing £1.3m and spending £434,000 in fraudulent money from his workplace Santander 💷

    - His time owning 2 race horses and 16 greyhounds

    - His time as a VIP member

    - 16 credit cards and loans with a £180,00 credit limit 💳

    - Attempting to take his own life

    - Handing himself into the police 

    - Getting sentenced to 2 years 8 months in prison

    - Opening up in the police interview, telling them about his gambling for the first time

    - The help he received, including important support from Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones (OBE) in London ❤️

    - His experience of prison and helping others learn to read 

    - How he started EPIC Risk Management - the world's leading independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy

    - His thoughts on the Gambling Act Review in the UK 🇬🇧

    - Advice for others experiencing gambling problems (to talk) and tips for people in recovery (not to let gambling define your life) 📈

    We're also joined by Steven Nyandu, Safer Gambling Advisor for Betknowmore UK, who shares his experiences of working in prisons and supporting prisoners for gambling related harm. Steven speaks eloquently and offers plenty of thoughts on what more can be done for the future. 👍

    Check out Steven's video clip on Victoria Derbyshire: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?extid...

    It's a jam-packed episode that I'm hugely excited to share with you.

    It's the final episode of this series so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for tuning in, and a massive thank you to all of our amazing guests!

    I'll be back soon with another series. In the meantime do lookout for some Vlogs on YouTube.

    Speak soon!

    Alex 😄



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    Timestamps:

    00:00 Introduction

    01:38 Paul Buck (Part 1)

    51:27 Steven Nyandu

    01:07:05 Paul Buck (Part 2)



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    ℹ️  LINKS ℹ️

    EPIC Risk Management:

    Website: https://www.epicriskmanagement.com/

    Twitter: @epicpgc

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/epicriskman...

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/epic...



    Peer Aid:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AidPeer

    Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/get-suppor... 



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    With very special thanks to the sponsors of this episode, TalkBanStop and Betknowmore UK.



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    ✅  TalkBanStop is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP to help anyone experiencing gambling harms to start their recovery journey. 



    Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/​

    National Gambling Helpline (Open 24/7): 0808 8020 133



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    ✅  Betknowmore UK are a UK charity helping people take back control of their life from gambling. Betknowmore UK was established by individuals with lived experience of gambling harms, who now use that insight and knowledge to help others.



    Website: https://www.betknowmoreuk.org/ 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Betknowmore 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #29: 'Public Health Priority' - Alex Norris Labour MP

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #29: 'Public Health Priority' - Alex Norris Labour MP

    In this episode Alex Norris, Labour MP for Nottingham North and Shadow Public Health Minister, shares his views on the UK gambling landscape. 🇬🇧   

    It’s an interesting interview – Alex answered many of my questions (often interrogation!) – with honesty and dignity.   

    We covered a wide range of topics in the Podcast including:   

    * What is the difference between health and public health? 

    * Alex’s thoughts on the Football Index scandal. ⚽️ 

    * Has lockdown been a breeding ground for gambling addiction? 

    * What are Alex’s thoughts on the normalisation of gambling to young people in this country? 

    * How would Alex make gambling safer? 

    * How do we get more people into treatment for gambling addiction? 📈 

    * Is prevention better than cure? 

    * How do we prevent gambling related suicide? 

    * What is Labour’s point of view on gambling related harm?   

    There’s also a couple of questions Alex answers from Twitter. Thank you to Privateer and GamblingInsight for their questions.   

    A massive thank you to Alex for coming onto the Podcast. It was interesting to hear from an MP and to see how the land lies in the UK.   

    We get in at the deep end pretty quickly and Alex shares his views especially around his local constituency of Nottingham and Nottingham Forest’s relationship with Football Index, as well as his views on the Gambling Act Review in the UK.  

    I’m really excited to share the conversation with you!  

    Alex

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    ⏱️  Timestamps:  

    00:00 Introduction 

    06:34 Alex’s thoughts on Football Index scandal? 

    14:47 How would Alex make gambling safer? 

    26:24 How do we get more people into treatment? 

    47:01 What is Labour’s point of view on gambling related harm?  

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    ✉️  Email Alex Norris:  

    alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk  

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    With very special thanks to the sponsors of this episode, TalkBanStop.  

    ✅  TalkBanStop is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP to help anyone experiencing gambling harms to start their recovery journey.   

    ℹ️  Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/
     

    📞  National Gambling Helpline (Open 24/7): 0808 8020 133

    • 54 min
    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #28: 'From Online Poker to Starting Gamban' - Jack Symons' Story

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #28: 'From Online Poker to Starting Gamban' - Jack Symons' Story

    In this episode Jack Symons, founder and Chief Executive of Gamban, shares his gambling addiction story.  

    When did he start gambling?  

    When did it start to become a problem?  

    How did his gambling addiction lead him to start Gamban and help others?  

    What advice and tips does he have for others experiencing gambling problems?  

    What are his thoughts on the UK Gambling Act Review?  

    Jack speaks eloquently and candidly about his story. From starting out as a young man gambling on poker, to then playing faster, more addictive casino games like roulette, blackjack and online slot machines.  

    He shares plenty of advice and tips for you, and shares the story behind founding Gamban, and what challenges the company faces moving forward.  

    It's a fascinating journey to hear, and one that I hope you'll enjoy listening to.  

    I found it hugely inspiring.  

    Thanks once again to Jack for appearing on the Podcast!   

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    ⏱️  Timestamps:  

    04:15 How did Jack get into gambling?  

    21:10 What advice and tips does Jack have for others experiencing gambling problems? 

    30:44 What would you like to see implemented in the UK Gambling Act Review?  

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    Check out Gamban's website: https://gamban.com/ 

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    With very special thanks to the sponsors of this episode, TalkBanStop.  

    ✅  TalkBanStop is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP to help anyone experiencing gambling harms to start their recovery journey.   

    ℹ️  Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/​

    📞  National Gambling Helpline (Open 24/7): 0808 8020 133

    • 49 min
    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #27: 'All In' - Brian Hatch's Story

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #27: 'All In' - Brian Hatch's Story

    In this episode Brian Hatch shares his gambling addiction story.  

    Brian is the host of All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast, which he founded in 2015. As far as I’m aware, it was the first of its kind in the world. With nearly 250 episodes, it’s well worth checking out. You might remember Jeffrey Wasserman from Podcast 20, who co-hosts alongside Brian? They are both brilliant guys. I love ‘em!   

    In the Podcast Brian speaks at length about how he started gambling and how it progressed, from blackjack to roulette to slot machines in American casinos. There are some emotional moments in the Podcast, as Brian delicately details his father’s death, and opens up about a dangerous car accident he was fortunate to escape from.   

    We have a proper heart to heart and Brian talks about how his best friend Chris helped him get help for his gambling. Brian started with Gambler’s Anonymous and suffered a relapse after his father’s death. He attended it some more afterwards, before releasing stories on the All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast, with Chris asking the questions.   

    Brian is a former stand-up/improv comedian, and he documents his journey from starting out to the stage. We also talk a little bit about music, and life in general.  

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this one.   

    Hopefully you enjoy it as much as Brian and I did!   

    Alex 😌  

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    ⏱️Timestamps:  

    01:59 Brian's background and experience 

    03:29 How did Brian get into gambling?  

    22:44 'You have a problem and you need to go get help' - Starting at Gambler's Anonymous  

    41:41 'The last place I placed a bet was at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, July 23rd 2014' 

    1:12:45 What advice and tips does Brian have for others who want to stop gambling and recover?   

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    ⬇️ Check out 'All In: The Addicted Gambler's Podcast' ⬇️  

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3YJVMZhsHlrQq3PKf6p7mo 

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/all-in-the-addicted-gamblers-podcast/id956747473 

    ✉️ Email Brian:  leestreetpod@gmail.com

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    With very special thanks to the sponsors of this episode, TalkBanStop.  

    ✅ TalkBanStop is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP to help anyone experiencing gambling harms to start their recovery journey.   

    ℹ️ Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/​ 

    📞 National Gambling Helpline (Open 24/7): 0808 8020 133

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #26: 'I Knew I Was Out of Control' - Bobbie's Story

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #26: 'I Knew I Was Out of Control' - Bobbie's Story

    In this episode Bobbie ‘The Awesome’ Malatesta, shares her gambling addiction story with us.   

    Owner of multiple businesses and podcaster (3-21 No Kiddin’), Bobbie has overcome personal and professional challenges to help clients in both the business and addiction areas. 🙌   

    I wanted to find out more.   

    When did she start gambling? 🤔   

    How did she stop? (She experienced a relapse). 🛑   

    How has she been able to move on with her life after gambling and help others? 💁   

    Bobbie was awesome to speak to and she doesn’t hold back, with raw honesty and openness. I really enjoyed our conversation!   

    And in another special feature for the Podcast, in this episode we’re also joined by Liz Riley, research and evaluation manager at Betknowmore UK, and Jean Mulleary, one of the co-ordinators on the Peer Aid Service. 🙏   

    I wanted to find out what made them want to work in the charity sector and specifically the problem gambling area? ❤️   

    How do they hope their work will have an impact in the future? 📈   

    What are the main differences women may have compared to the struggle’s men may have? 🚺  🚹   

    We don’t often hear from women on the Podcast, so it was great to get a ‘round-the-table’ look at the wider picture of women and gambling.  

    I'm hugely excited to share the Podcast with you!  

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    ⏱️  Timestamps:  

    00:00 Introduction 

    01:30 Bobbie (part 1) 

    37:58 Liz Riley & Jean Mulleary 

    56:23 Bobbie (part 2)  

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    ℹ️  LINKS ℹ️  

    Bobbie:  

    Email: bobbie@321NoKiddin.com 

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/321NoKiddin 

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/bobbietheawesome_321nokiddin 

    Pinterest: www.pinterest.ph/bobbiemalatesta 

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bobbiemalatesta 

    YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCkUV58i4z2Se3jXuDldcXaA

    Website: www.321nokiddin.com  

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    Peer Aid:  

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AidPeer

    Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/get-support/find-local-treatment/gamcare-london/peer-aid/   

    ***  

    With very special thanks to the sponsors of this episode, TalkBanStop.  

    ✅  TalkBanStop is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP to help anyone experiencing gambling harms to start their recovery journey.   

    Website: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/​

    National Gambling Helpline (Open 24/7): 0808 8020 133  

    ***  

    ✅  Betknowmore UK are a UK charity helping people take back control of their life from gambling. Betknowmore UK was established by individuals with lived experience of gambling harms, who now use that insight and knowledge to help others.  

    Website: https://www.betknowmoreuk.org/  

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Betknowmore

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #25: 'Prison or Death' - Kieron's Story

    Gambling Addiction PODCAST #25: 'Prison or Death' - Kieron's Story

    In this episode Kieron shares his harrowing gambling addiction story.  

     I wanted to find out more:  

    - When did he start gambling? 🤔  

    - How did he stop gambling? 🛑  

    - What made recovery different this time, after an initial relapse? ✅  

    Kieron speaks brilliantly and offers up some amazing advice and tips for others experiencing gambling problems and poor mental health.   

    I was lucky enough to feature on his brilliant YouTube Channel 'Second Chance: Addiction' a few months ago, and this is very much the ‘return leg’ (if you’ll pardon the football analogy!).  

    Kieron sheds light on his story, from starting gambling as a young kid, betting in the bookies on FOBTs, to his experience of Gambler’s Anonymous.      

    It’s a fascinating journey, that is full of despair, but also one of hope and inspiration. 👍  

    I’m really excited to share the conversation with you, it’s one I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you for quite some time!

    • 1 hr 12 min

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