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ABSG Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – Year Two

ABSG - Year two Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

8 - Follow-up support

The NIHR review highlighted high levels of recurrence in the treatment literature. Our observations suggest that the protocols for follow up support to prevent recurrence remain unclear, and there is potential for improvement. The current face to face treatment system appears to rely heavily on counselling (98%) compared with only 2% who receive CBT intervention.

The evidence reviewed by NIHR suggests that self-guided therapies alone may have limited impact, particularly over the longer term. A key priority for the coming year will be to invest resources in identifying recurrence risk factors, identifying causes of addictive behaviours and co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges as well as debt and other financial consequences.

One recent study found that young people who experience problem gambling are at heightened risk of suicide ideation regardless of other pre-existing conditions145. In parallel with work by Links Workers and financial advice support attached to GP practices in Scotland146, the PCGS in England147 is piloting the value of social prescribing for individuals who use their service.

These pilots, along with new developments such as GamLEARN and player led-digital innovations148, will inform this under-researched area and offer support at an earlier stage.

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