Cuan Mhuire, Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of Addiction Treatment Services and Residential Rehabilitation, today opened a new residential treatment service for Gambling Addiction services at their Bruree, Limerick facility, funded by Gambling Awareness Trust.
The new service will rehabilitate people suffering from gambling addictions in a residential setting, and represents a badly-needed South/West regional expansion on the gambling addiction treatments already operational at Cuan Mhuire, Athy also in partnership with Gambling Awareness Trust.
The launch was widely welcomed by those in attendance, including Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Niall Collins, educators, and mental health and addiction specialists, who heard about the Cuan Mhuire treatment programme from Sr. Agnes Fitzgerald – a veteran Addiction counsellor who also oversees the centre and leads a 40-person team.
Sr. Agnes explained:
A renowned motivational speaker and international lecturer in the field of cross-addiction and compulsive gambling also spoke at the launch.
Michael Burke is an Executive Director of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, Board member of the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), a published author and an engaging speaker with an astonishing life story. He explained how he went from a high-profile legal background to losing nearly everything due to his gambling addiction. After embezzling $1.6M of funds from a client’s account, Michael’s addiction eventually put him in prison, but now in recovery he dedicates his life to educating and supporting individuals, families and professionals on problem gambling. He was impressed by the robust support available in Ireland for people experiencing gambling addiction.
The Gambling Awareness Trust has also enabled Cuan Mhuire to provide groundbreaking post graduate accredited training to therapists and counsellors treating people with problem gambling, which will directly impact the quality of service provision across the country.
The Gambling Awareness Trust is encouraging people who would like to access this or other gambling related support services to –
Visit our website: www.gamblingcare.ie
Call the National Helpline number: 1800 936 725, open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.