Gordon Moody provided key details when it comes to the ‘evolving make-up‘ of patients receiving treatment – publishing its ‘Insights Report’ for the first half of 2023/2024.
Regarding gender, 76% of applications were male, 23% female, and 1% transgender or other, whilst the report also detailed that the 24-34 age group was the largest segment of applicant
Nonetheless, the treatment charity did emphasise it has boosted reach and effectiveness with younger audiences as applications in the age range of 18-24 had grown to 8%.
In general, it underlined the significant impact interventions have had on safer gambling, reporting a 10% increase in applications (481 patients) in comparison to the previous year’s data.
Of significance to researchers, Gordon Moody provided insights into the employment status of applicants, which once more displayed the pervasive nature of gambling issues impacting all societal segments.
The statement was underscored as data detailed that 57% of applicants were in employment, whilst 16% were unemployed and 20% were classified as ‘disabled or long-term ill’, whilst 1% were students and 1% in full-time care.
The report identified pre-treatment complexities for patients applying for treatment services, including mental health challenges, substance misuse and criminal backgrounds.
Of concern, period reporting detailed that while patients reported a drop in drug and alcohol misuse, those committing criminal offences had increased by over 150%.
On improving pre-treatment, Gordon Moody cited the importance of tailored intervention strategies, in which it increased one-to-one pretreatment support sessions by over 68% in the first half of the year.
Treatment programmes provided by Gordon Moody indexed an average improvement of 18 points in the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score for residential programmes and 16 for Retreat & Counselling (R&C), with both programmes maintaining low scores post-treatment.