Screening for Problem Gambling – Detecting a Hidden Problem

Screening for Problem Gambling – Detecting a Hidden Problem

Are you a counsellor, clinician or GP wanting to know more about how to screen for problem gambling?

If you see people for drug or alcohol dependency or mental health conditions, it is likely your client is also dealing with an underlying issue of problem gambling that is perhaps going undetected. Did you know that of those who have a gambling problem:

  • 58 per cent of them will also have a problem with drinking or drugs
  • 38 per cent will also have a mental health condition

Free training is now being offered to provide you with the tools to screen and assess people who are experiencing gambling problems.

The training covers the characteristics of problem gambling and the relationship with substance use and mental health. Learn about the Problem Gambling Severity Index and explore the use of brief interventions and practice-based strategies to support your clients.

Training facilitator, Lives Lived Well’s Clinical Services/Gambling Manager, Gerard Moloney is now available for bookings to visit your workplace and run free face-to-face training. The sessions run for 90 minutes and include online resources.

Alternatively, free online training is now available by clicking here to register. We’ll email you a confirmation link and log-in details. Please note that you will need to set up a new password to enroll.

For more information, email training@liveslivedwell.org.au or call 1300 727 957 and ask to speak to Gerard Moloney, our Gambling Services Manager.

Lyndon Merger Bolsters Alcohol and Drug Support

Lyndon Merger Bolsters Alcohol and Drug Support

Spring has brought a new member to our family, with Lyndon (NSW) merging with Lives Lived Well on 1 September.

It’s readily accepted that two people working together have a better chance of solving a problem than one person alone.

From 1 September 2017 we’ve merged with Lyndon, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers residential and community-based alcohol and drug programs and services in regional NSW.

We share the same purpose so we believe this partnership will strengthen services across two states. By coming together and sharing resources and knowledge, we’re boosting our capacity to help even more people across more communities.

Read more about Lives Lived Well’s merger announcement working together.

More LLW Services Now Open Across QLD

More LLW Services Now Open Across QLD

More options for alcohol and drug support are now available, with both new and expanded Lives Lived Well service hubs opening across Queensland.

As well as increasing our reach, we are also providing more options of care with group programs, withdrawal support and transitional support from prisons and detention centres being offered for the first time in some areas.

Over the past year, we saw seven new Lives Lived Well services opening in south-east Queensland. These services provide face-to-face and phone counselling as well as case management support for people experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol. They can be found in Caboolture, Redcliffe, Deception Bay, Strathpine, Beenleigh, Beaudesert and Nerang. Mobile outreach teams and group programs are also offered from these service hub areas.

In regional Queensland, new services opened and some of our existing services expanded. For example, on the Darling Downs, we now provide support in Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Dalby, Chinchilla, Cherbourg and surrounding areas.

In Central Queensland, counselling and outreach services expanded when more alcohol and drug support workers were put on the ground in Rockhampton and Gladstone. We also added a new service in Biloela.

Withdrawal day support has recently begun in Mackay and Cairns. This much-needed service includes supervised care from a registered nurse and holistic support from professional counsellors through the withdrawal process. It is then followed up with individual counselling and support and group program options.  Mackay also hosts a new ICE Help program.

And in Townsville, we’ve launched a new service to support youth transitioning from detention to community.

Our new group program, Life Back, helps people develop life skills to support them in addressing their use of alcohol and other drugs.  The program is currently available in Toowoomba, Brisbane North (Strathpine, Caboolture, Deception Bay and Redcliffe), Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and will start soon in Beenleigh and Nerang.

To find out more about the services we offer in your area, please contact us through our online referral/enquiry service or call 1300 727 957.

Online Referrals for Yourself or Others

Online Referrals for Yourself or Others

Support from Lives Lived Well is now just a click away. Referrals from health professionals or referring agencies and personal enquiries are now able to be received and actioned online.

Asking for help is a big step. It isn’t always easy, practical or possible to pick up the phone or walk into one of our sites.

To make that first approach as easy and convenient as possible, we’ve launched a new online enquiry and referral system. After completing an online referral, one of our friendly team members will contact you in two working days.

The system also makes it simple to see where our services are located, and find the nearest one to you or your patient.

To make a personal enquiry, click here, or to refer someone, click here.

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