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Fold em offers straight talk about dealing with the fall-out from gambling. Whether you are looking at stopping or scaling back your own gambling or helping a family member with a problem, this podcast will help you take back control. Hear from gamblers who have been through it. Tips from counsellors. There is a way out from the hold gambling has on your life. Learn more about how to address gambling problems and find resources and support at www.gamblingproblemhelp.ca
 
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There are many options for help, support and treatment for gambling concerns. Everyone is different so it's important to find what works best for you. In this episode, hear Brian's personal experiences with various recovery programs. He is now a Certified Gambling Recovery Peer Mentor and shares tips for moving forward. Listen now to learn: what's …
 
A common question with gambling problems is, "Why Can't I Stop?" In this episode we hear from Deirdre Querney, MSW, and Dr. Iris Balodis who answer this question by telling us about the brain and gambling addiction. Tune in to learn about: how gambling addiction changes the brain why people with gambling addiction have a hard time pulling back from…
 
It's hard on parents and families when an adult son or daughter have a gambling problem. In this episode of Fold em, a mother shares what she has learned as her son dealt with gambling addiction for the past seven years. Irene Tang, who has counselled families through gambling problems for twenty-five years, share strategies for moving forward. Lis…
 
Gambling problems can create a lot of stress in families. Children and young people may not know that a parent or caregiver is struggling with gambling, but they feel the impact. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis about: how parental gambling problems affect families and children signs that a young person is impacted by a parent'…
 
In this episode, hear my conversation with a former sports better about: how sports betting took over his life what happened when family got involved how he solved a debt problem what helped him to get to 10-months without a bet his suggestions for others who have had sports betting take over their life Learn more about why it's hard to step back f…
 
Gambling problems can return, and addiction may show up again in different ways. To keep your momentum going, take steps to prevent a relapse and rebuild your life and relationships. Allison Rice, a counsellor specializing in gambling problems, offers guidance learned from 20-years of working with people to overcome addiction Learn more about preve…
 
As you begin to face gambling problems, it's hard to know if you're on track. To keep things moving in a positive direction, it's helpful to get guidance from people who have been through it. Allison Rice, a counsellor specializing in addiction, shares her learnings about what works in the beginning. This episode offers guidance for those strugglin…
 
Permission giving thoughts come up to justify, rationalize and allow gambling to happen - even when part of you isn't so sure about it. In this episode, learn how to notice your permission giving thoughts so you can slow things down and have more control of gambling choices. A former gambler gives examples of her permission giving thoughts. Jackie …
 
There has been a dramatic increase in advertising for sports betting as well opportunities to place a bet. However, the public conversation has been pretty silent about gambling problems associated with sports betting. John Simmons shares his personal story about an addiction with poker and sports betting. He's a former casino worker and talks open…
 
Listen in for information and first hand experience with managing adult ADHD. We explain why adults with ADHD are at increased risk for gambling problems. Hear about strategies specifically for adults with ADHD - how to keep gambling in check and how to prevent a relapse if you struggle with compulsive gambling. I'm joined by Darryl Anderson, a cou…
 
If you gamble and have ADHD there is a greater risk that gambling will become a severe problem. In this episode, learn about the symptoms of ADHD and challenges of living with it as an adult. Darryl Anderson, a Clinical Counsellor specializing in mental health and gambling concerns, explains why ADHD increases the risk for gambling problems. He als…
 
After gambling gets out of hand, both the gambler and their family want to know ... How do we make sure this doesn't happen again? How do we rebuild trust between us? Not all relationships survive gambling addiction. But, if you're committed to working together, this episode offers guidance and inspiration. Hear Sam's story of opening up to her hus…
 
As part of her recovery, Christina reached out to find others who had been pulled into compulsive gambling. She wanted to create more opportunities for those dealing with gambling problems - particularly women - to connect and know they are not alone. What emerged is that Christina founded The Broke Girl Society as a thriving group on Facebook and …
 
It often takes a number of tries to break free from a gambling problem. Like peeling back the layers of an onion, each time gambling gets out of control, it tells you that something more or different is needed for you to better manage this issue. Often what is needed is a willingness to look a little deeper within yourself and open up. Hear a power…
 
Dealing with a gambling problem involves difficult decisions about who and when to tell and how much to share. Hear one woman's experiences with family finding out about her gambling and the dilemma that emerged about whether to tell extended family. She shares lessons learned from opening up to friends and surprising outcomes from being honest wit…
 
Online gambling can be tricky to control. Our devices are nearby. Deposits happen so quickly. Hear first-hand experience and a long list of helpful strategies from someone who gambled online for ten years and has now shut it down. Learn about options for blocking gambling websites and apps. Benjamin Wong, who has helped many people chose and instal…
 
Even after gambling gets out of hand, it's common to want to keep it going. Or, to keep a door open to gambling in the future. Some typical thoughts are, "I learned my lesson, now I'll control it," "It's not such a big deal," OR "I can't just turn my back on all the money that was lost." Listen to this episode and hear an honest conversation with a…
 
When gambling has gotten out of hand, it can leave you heavy with regret, anger and guilt. Both gamblers and their family members feel this way. It's common to wonder if you'll ever shake these feelings. Hear my conversation with two former gamblers about what helped them to reach a place where they can look at themselves in the mirror again. Learn…
 
Online chat rooms are a great way to get support and information for gambling problems. You can stay anonymous, share at your own pace, connect 24/7 and get inspired by people around the world who are also tackling this issue. Listen to my conversation with Ken who has participated with online chat communities for much of his 19-years of recovery. …
 
Many people are reluctant to attend a gambling support group. However, there is something about connecting with people who are addressing the same issues that not only brings so much relief, but more importantly, is really helpful. Hear from a poker player about why he decided to try groups and then has kept going for the past four years. My collea…
 
There is increasing awareness that not only substances (alcohol and drugs) can be addictive, but also that some of the activities we do for enjoyment can become excessive and cause problems. This can happen with gambling, gaming, social media, sex, shopping and eating. Sometimes people can develop problems with more than one substance or behaviour.…
 
Breaking free from an alcohol or drug problem is a major achievement. But addiction is tricky and can show up in other ways without you being initially aware. Maybe you find yourself in some of the same patterns of isolating and keeping secrets, but this time with gambling, gaming, eating or sex. Listen to my conversation with someone who was twent…
 
When you are in the midst of a gambling addiction, your mind tells you the most dubious things to keep it all going. Just because you stop, these thoughts don’t immediately disappear. Listen to a conversation with on online poker player about his process of breaking free from an addiction mindset. Hear how initially he had one foot in recovery and …
 
As casinos reopen around the world, many are excited and others are nervous. If you gamble or know someone who does, take a moment and listen to this episode. Hear two people in recovery share their experiences with relapse and what they are doing to stay gambling free. Learn from Margaret Sigsworth, who has worked with gamblers on the casino floor…
 
If you’re knee deep in gambling problems but don’t know what to do, listen in. Our guest reached out for gambling addiction help just eight months ago. Hear the conversation between her and her counsellor, Allison Rice, about how online gambling got out of hand so quickly and her process of regaining control. Learn how she got her finances, relatio…
 
When you’ve been captured by gambling addiction, it’s hard to believe you’ll ever get your life back. But you definitely can and it likely won’t take as long as you think. Our guest shares his story of recovery from a 20-year gambling problem. Hear how counselling and groups helped with making discoveries about himself, his relationships, and the r…
 
The average age of a gamer in Canada is 39. Not what we expect. Our stereotype is of the teenage gamer. Many of us are spending increasing time with games on our devices. And, for those who have pulled back from gambling, gaming sometimes fills the void. What is the impact – on us? For recovery? In this episode, listen to our guest speak candidly a…
 
You’ve probably heard about GameStop, shorted stocks and cryptocurrencies. There is growing interest in day trading and the action has moved from the exchange floor to our devices and online forums. You may know someone who has jumped into the action. Or, maybe you have. If so, this episode is essential listening. Learn about the risks of speculati…
 
After finding out about a gambling problem, many family members take control – of finances and fixing things. It’s an understandable and sometimes needed reaction. However, recovery usually looks more like a marathon than a sprint. Spouses and family often approach the start line already exhausted and stressed. It can help for family to step back a…
 
Gambling problems can create a lot of stress in the home. In this episode, hear one woman's story about growing up with a mother who struggles with gambling and substance addictions. Hear about her difficult decision to have no contact with her mother and the pressures she experiences as a result. If you are wondering about whether to step away fro…
 
Finding out about a loved one’s gambling problem can turn your life upside down. In this episode we help get your feet back on the ground. Hear a spouse talk about what worked for her and what didn’t. Learn ways to talk to the gambler and encourage action in dealing with the problem. Tips for speaking up about your needs and pacing the process to a…
 
Behind each person with a gambling problem there are typically six others directly impacted. This includes a spouse, family, friends and colleagues. They are often carrying a heavy load: worry about finances, anger, fear, and confusion about what to do next. This is our first of four episodes focusing on those affected by gambling problems. Tune in…
 
Gambling problems are stressful for everyone involved. It can be hard to believe that you and your relationships will feel ok again. In this episode, learn about the impact of addiction, stress and anxiety on your nervous system and strategies to feel better. Hear stories about how connecting with supportive people is not only calming, but can rebu…
 
Many people think that dealing with problem gambling is clear-cut. What’s the big deal – you just scale it back or stop. But the reality is that it’s not that simple or easy to do. Why? Tune in for the answer. Learn about the connection between our nervous system and addiction and why paying attention to stress and getting better at settling oursel…
 
Do you find that triggers and cravings make it harder to stop gambling? Learning to recognize the earliest signs that gambling is pulling you in and having tools to slow this down is crucial for regaining control. Hear from a gambler who has been doing this and how it has helped him to stay away. Listen in and be better prepared to catch gambling b…
 
Maybe you don’t think of yourself as having a gambling problem or addiction. But you know it feels out of control. Tune in to better understand why gambling can change from feeling fun to being stressful and all-consuming. Hear from a gambler and counsellor who will explain how knowing more about the cycle of addiction will help you regain control.…
 
Have you stopped casino gambling, but are now betting online? For problem gamblers this can get out of control fast. In this episode, we’ll hear from a gambler who moved from casino to online play and then put a stop to both. Learn about the risks of online gambling, strategies to keep it in check, and what to do if it gets out of hand. Don’t leave…
 
Many people are gambling online. But, do you know the signs it's out of control and what to do if it is? Tune in for tips from an online gambler who works in the tech field and struggled to stop but ultimately did. Better understand why online gambling can be so hard to give up. Learn how to use blocking software and player self-exclusion to get sp…
 
Have you been a spender all your life? Juggling debt and bills? Tune in for tips from a gambler who changed her money habits. Learn about how to pay off gambling debt, reach financial goals, and significantly decrease stress about money. Listen now and get yourself moving towards a better relationship with money. Thanks for listening to Fold em - t…
 
It can be hard to talk about gambling debt with a spouse or family member. But handling it on your own is exhausting and can leave you stuck as the debt continues to grow. This episode inspires action and solutions. We offer tips for negotiating support on your terms so you are more effective at taking control of gambling, paying off debt and reach…
 
Gambling debt can have a major impact on you and your family. This episode will help you to take control of this problem. Learn about options for extracting yourself from debt through credit counselling, consumer proposals and bankruptcy. Hear from a gambler who has been through it and will inspire you to take action. Thanks for listening to Fold e…
 
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