Gordon Moody provides gambling addiction treatment in Manchester

Gordon Moody, the charity helping those most severely affected by gambling harm, is expanding its residential rehabilitation capacity by opening a new Manchester service, in association with AnonyMind’s Manchester clinic at Leon House.

The move comes at an important time with Gordon Moody reporting last year, that applications for their treatment were 123% more than that of the previous year. The location of the new clinic reflects a recent 15% rise in applications from the North West, more than any other area in the UK.

These numbers show a positive narrative in people getting help, but there’s still a long way to go, with research showing that 1.4 million people in the UK are currently experiencing harms from gambling. And yet for every person who accesses support, there are up to 160 others who could benefit but do not get the help they need.

Gordon Moody is committed to delivering rehabilitation treatment through its flagship treatment programme, based on a 14-week residential commitment, but the organisation recognises that this is not always suitable for everyone. It has made significant investment in alternatives, including the Retreat and Counselling (R&C) courses which are based on an intense but short-stay group retreat followed by regular follow up counselling sessions. Peer support and a safe space is a key aspect to Gordon Moody’s recovery programme.

Matthew Hickey, Gordon Moody’s chief executive officer, said: “We firmly believe we should tackle gambling addiction together. And this is a perfect example of two expert organisations, Gordon Moody and Leon House, teaming up to meet the same goal of finding each individual the right level of treatment, at the right time, in the right place. This is the first step in developing a working relationship between two treatment providers to scope and deliver the right services, in the right place, for those most in need of support to tackle their gambling addiction.

“It is possible to tackle gambling addiction and we are glad to be able to offer support to people who need it. Gordon Moody is a hidden charity, within a hidden addiction. It is a measure of the positive impact Gordon Moody has made, that we are expanding and reaching more people whose lives are negatively impacted by a gambling addiction. Establishing this partnership allows us to move into the North West, and it gives us far greater reach to those ready and committed to rebuilding their lives free from a gambling addiction.”

Andy Atha, chief operating officer at AnonyMind added: “This is a perfect partnership, with the patient at the heart of the decision to collaborate. Our Residential Clinic, Leon House, is a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered treatment facility with the capacity to support patients desperate for what Gordon Moody can provide. I am sure this is only the beginning of how AnonyMind and Gordon Moody can significantly change how those individuals with gambling harm can receive the support they need.”

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