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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 24 June 2022

Clinically Reviewed on by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Gambling Addiction

At Asana Lodge, we offer specialist treatment for those who are worried about their compulsive gambling, providing a luxurious retreat where you can get away from the temptation and address your issues.

Based in Towcester in the Northamptonshire countryside, we offer a range of treatments including individual, group and holistic therapy, so you can return to your life ready to tackle your addiction.

24/7 Support for Gambling Addiction

One of the reasons why there has been a rise in the number of cases of gambling addiction is that it’s now easier than ever to place a bet. In the past, you’d have to go to betting shops, which were only open for limited hours, whereas the digital age has brought a whole load of different ways to gamble online.

There are numerous online bingo, casino and sports sites, and even slot machines can be played online and on phone apps. This means it’s very easy to lose large amounts of money in a short amount of time, and unlike many addictions, it’s particularly difficult to escape the temptation.

Staying at Asana Lodge can help, as we can make it much more difficult for you to gamble, limiting access to the internet and keeping you away from betting shops and casinos during your treatment.


Spotting a Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling can be difficult to identify. After all, lots of people gamble, so how do you know when it has become a problem? Some signs to look out for include:

  • Negative effects on your relationships: for example, borrowing money from friends and family, lying about your whereabouts or arguments about your gambling
  • Negative effects on your career: whether it’s being distracted at work, leaving work to go gambling or even stealing from an employer
  • Financial problems: using borrowed money to gamble such as credit cards, loans or payday loans
  • Using winnings to gamble: even if you win a large amount, you soon gamble your winnings in the hope of earning more
  • Acting out of character: any irrational, out of character behaviour can be a sign of an addiction
  • Mental health issues: gambling compulsively can cause problems such as depression, anxiety and stress

If any of the above signs and symptoms sound familiar, whether it’s your own behaviour or that of a loved one, then it might be time to seek help.


Gambling Addiction


Gambling Addiction Programmes

The type of treatment that might work for your gambling addiction will often depend on the length and severity of your addiction, the kind of gambling you’re doing and many other things such as your overall mental health.

Many people who contact us have previously tried Gamblers Anonymous, and for some people, this is enough to help them stop gambling. You may have already tried calling a gambling helpline, going to local groups or even outpatient treatment, but found you’ve still been tempted to gamble. No matter what your history, our 28-day inpatient programme may be the thing that gets you on track.

The main advantage of staying with us, away from home, is that it’s almost impossible to gamble. We can keep you supervised while using the internet and ensure you are away from places like betting shops. If you are a compulsive gambler, you may find stress is a trigger, so by staying with us you can enjoy a peaceful environment while undergoing treatment.

There are many treatment options that can help you overcome gambling addiction. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you identify what causes you to gamble and gives you the tools you need to overcome negative patterns.

When you stay at Asana Lodge, you can join our excellent support groups, working with others that have addictions, so you never have to feel alone.

Many people who come to us for gambling addiction treatment have what’s known as a dual diagnosis. This means that on top of their gambling addiction, they’re also suffering from mental health issues or are abusing alcohol or drugs.

We can ensure that these issues are also addressed, whether it’s through medication or different types of therapy during your stay.


Your Stay at Asana Lodge

Asana Lodge is a luxurious, peaceful place for problem gamblers to seek the help they need.

We have a team of support staff who have years of experience working with individuals who have suffered from addiction.

While you’re having treatment for your gambling addiction, you can stay in cosy, private rooms and enjoy chef catered meals, so there’s nothing to do other than focus on your recovery and relax.

We understand the need to focus on your physical health while you stay here. Many people with addictions neglect their health, so while you stay at Asana Lodge you’ll enjoy nutritious meals, fitness sessions, yoga, massages and more. This ensures you feel refreshed when you return home.



No addiction can be cured in just a few weeks. It’s something that you’ll have to battle throughout your life. That’s why after your stay at Asana Lodge, you’ll get a year of free aftercare.

There are many temptations to gamble in everyday life, and many stressful situations can trigger you. We’ll put you in touch with local addiction groups, so you know there’s always someone to talk to when you need it most, and we may also recommend follow-up therapy to help you deal with compulsions.


Don’t Delay Treatment

If you suffer from a gambling addiction, then delaying treatment can put you in financial difficulty, affect your relationships, and even cause legal issues. Many areas have long NHS waiting lists, so you may be looking for private rehab. Asana Lodge can often offer places in a matter of hours, even sorting out things such as transport, which ensures you arrive safely and can begin your programme in no time at all.

If you need help and support with a gambling problem, get in touch with Asana Lodge. Simply call 01908 489 421 or e-mail and we’ll get right back to you.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 29 April 2019

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed:

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures

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