Gambling addiction‘When they gave out that card from the bookies, that’s when it escalated… Even a fly, he would back it on going to the wall’

As heard on liveline

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The card in question was a loyalty, or credit card, from one of the major bookies based in Ireland. The gambler in question was the former partner of Liveline caller, Siobhan, who finally came clean about his problem on July 1st last year. The couple are now separated. Coming clean about the problem is possibly an overstatement, inasmuch as he …

‘I think he felt he was Superman. He got through the time he tried to kill himself. He was always high risk.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In what was, without question, one of the most emotionally charged and poignant interviews on any radio show this year, the devastating effects of addiction to alcohol and drugs, and the fallout they can have on family and loved ones, were laid bare. Campbell Spray, Motoring Editor of The Independent, fought back the tears as he recalled the life and …

Drug abuse in rural Ireland.“Going to school, drugs were all over the place. Hash, weed, tablets.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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When we think about illegal drug use we tend to think of discarded needles in inner city streets. Visceral images of human devastation and the fallout from drug addiction tend to be inextricably linked, in news reporting and popular culture alike, to the urban environment. Think Adam and Paul, Lenny Abrahamson’s superb debut film. Or the now legendary RTÉ TV …

‘I would have done anything for a drink. Anything.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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If you want an example of how devastating the horror of addiction can be, and how extraordinary can be the stories of those who emerge from addiction, Evelyn O’Rourke’s report for Today with Sean O’Rourke painted most powerful picture. Evelyn visited the Cuan Mhuire treatment centre in Athy, County Kildare, the original home of the Cuan Mhuire charity, founded 50 …