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Strategy dealing with gambling urged

The HSE has written to the Department of Health to raise the issue of the absence of a comprehensive strategy dealing with gambling. Meanwhile, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is currently working on a draft position paper on the issue of Gambling. "All service users are treated based on clinical need and presently limited services are in place for provision of appropriate treatment to service users experiencing gambling addiction issues," the HSE said.  

 The Minister for Health advised that ‘people who present to the HSE for addiction treatment for gambling are offered the same range of interventions as those who present with a drug and alcohol addiction, or a mental health concern, including an initial assessment, a comprehensive assessment and individual counselling.  Counselling and rehabilitation services provide care to those presenting with a gambling addiction through one to one counselling, financial advice and onward referral to other services and supports where appropriate, such as Gamblers Anonymous.’

 

 

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