The After Gambling Podcast

The After Gambling Podcast

The After Gambling Podcast is a show dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of problem gambling. As a former compulsive gambler, I experienced the shame and isolation of my addiction on a daily basis. I didn't feel like anyone could understand my problem and that it was up to me to use my willpower to quit gambling. Now, I want to reach out and help others overcome their gambling addiction.

Episodes

March 1, 2024 44 mins

I often see the question "Does anyone ACTUALLY get better?" in many of the support groups online. 

Well, today I bring you an interview with someone who can emphatically say "YES!" to that question.

Steve is back again to celebrate 9 years...and he's actually already halfway towards ten as this interview took place back in October!

If you want to learn more about Steve's journey, you can check out Episode 41 or follow him on X unde...

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A great reminder of the importance of reengaging with things we enjoyed doing before gambling in our life after gambling.

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So, I read this article on the state of problem gambling funding titled "Despite Millions of Dollars Earmarked for Gambling Treatment in Massachusetts, Few in State Get Help" and it triggered a thought that has been brewing for a long time.

Needless to say, I needed a bit of a vent...so, here goes!

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As I say at the end of each episode, I have no letters before or after my name. I'm just a guy that had a gambling addiction.

Well, today's guest has letters...lots and lots of letters. This past winter, I once again was blown away by the insights Jody shared centered on the "failure to launch" cohort at a conference and it resonated with everything I've experienced personally and have seen in many others. I asked her to share her ...

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October 24, 2023 84 mins

When I first started the After Gambling Podcast, I never considered that an active gambler might listen as a way of reducing harm. In this 100th episode, I'm joined by Mark Checkwicz to take a different look at problem gambling and gambling harm, that through the eyes of a current gambler. Mark shares his journey of gambling, the impacts it has had on him, as well as how he uses the podcast to better examine his gambling behaviors.

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February 3, 2023 26 mins

The more we seem to discuss mental health and addiction issues, the higher the numbers seem to go. 

And I don't think this is a coincidence!

For the past 10+ years, I've been studying our current messaging and listening to the stories of those impacted to try to figure out where we are going wrong. Most notably, I've been trying to figure it all out to make sense in my own life.

In this episode, I take the first attempt at highligh...

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February 3, 2023 12 mins

John Gall had a brilliant take on how to build systems.

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system."

In this episode, I discuss how I'm creating my simple systems and how you can do the same.

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January 20, 2023 16 mins

In this episode, I cover the five benefits I see in my daily life when I keep my spaces and tech neat and orderly.

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December 30, 2022 22 mins

Winding down 2022 with a reflection that can help us all in 2023.

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When gambling, I blocked out any input that didn't align with the "truth" I wanted to believe. After gambling, I have come to see great value in skepticism and the pursuit of truth and share thoughts on the topic in this episode.

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November 26, 2022 6 mins

Sometimes we miss our goals. Then what?

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November 18, 2022 16 mins

In this episode, we look into sunk cost bias and loss aversion to better understand what truly drove and eventually ended my gambling.

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November 11, 2022 15 mins

In this episode, I discuss a few ideas that were triggered by listening to Atomic Habits by James Clear. I also give an update on my progress as I tackle my procrastination and look to continue becoming the best version of myself.

In the open, I mention the great work Christina is doing with The Broke Girl Society. You can check out the podcast here.

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November 5, 2022 30 mins

In this episode, I respond to posts from r/problemgambling.

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October 28, 2022 19 mins

When we are no longer gambling, we are blessed with this incredible amount of "new" time. In this episode, I share a few thoughts on how we can best use this time to improve our lives.

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October 25, 2022 26 mins

After more than a year away...the podcast continues on.

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In the last episode, I highlighted some things about shame and stigma that I found interesting. In this episode (part II), I discuss why exploring this topic is so important.

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We often discuss the importance of language and the role of shame and stigma in addiction. However, it came to me today that this discussion is likely much more complex than we've considered in the past.

In this episode, I share what I think is a very different view on shame and stigma.

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October 8, 2021 7 mins

I get asked this question all the time, so I decided to do an episode on it. It's also something I need to be reminded to get back to myself.

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October 1, 2021 23 mins

While it's been over 11 years since I ran off the riverboat, there are still things in my life I need to address. In this episode, I share the unique framework I'll be using to go to war with my negative behaviors and actions.

365 Lovely Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

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