The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has launched a new app to tackle the harms of gambling.
Funded by a $200,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government, the free Reset app gives people insight into why they gamble and provides strategies for tracking and managing gambling behavior.
The interactive program was developed based on research conducted by Deakin University and uses cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques to help people struggling with their gambling habits.
The app has been clinically tested for use as an alternative or in combination with traditional in-person counseling services.
Users can set their own goals and work through a range of interactive modules and activities at their own pace, covering challenges such as learning to deal with cravings, avoiding unplanned play episodes and dealing with relapses as part of the normal of the recovery process.
“We understand the importance of minimizing the harms of gambling and ensuring that all Victorians have access to the help they need – this app is another way to support those at risk of problem gambling behaviour” said Minister of Gaming and Alcohol Regulation Melissa Horne.
“The Reset app offers a great alternative to traditional counseling methods, removing barriers such as stigma that can prevent people from seeking help,” added Melissa Horne.
“The Reset app is an important addition to our suite of gambling harm treatment and support options and uses evidence-based best practices to reflect experience or interventions used in a counseling setting,” Shane Lucas, CEO of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, said.