Archive for the ‘Free Yourself’ Category

Lynette Whale’s new book – “Pokies, even when I win…”

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that we are offering Lynette Whale’s new book “Pokies, even when I win…”. It is the story of Lynette’s fight with her addiction and how she finally freed herself to live a normal more productive life.  It provides many insights into her addiction and the road she took to recovery.

Lynette live s in Christchurch New Zealand and spends a lot of her spare time helping others to break their gambling addiction.

Want to know how to find Pokie free Pubs in Melbourne?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

here is the link.

Great article by Nikki Tugwell and Eleanor Bell

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

In case you have not seen this great article, here ‘tis

The Free Yourself Program is now on FaceBook

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Hello out there,

The Free Yourself Program is now on FaceBook – search for the Free Yourself Program Group and join up for all the latest news on Gambling Addictions and poker machines.

Welcome to our Blog

Sunday, December 27th, 2009


welcome to the Free Yourself Blog. In the past the aim of the Free Yourself website was mainly about sharing my story with you and talk about the various services that we offer for people who are in one way or another are affected by problem gambling. I always thought that it would be fantastic if we could get some grass roots discussions going about everything to do with the “Pokie-Product” and what we could do together to reduce the harm it causes. Now with the new website which includes the “blog option” – we are able to do this. I will do my best to update this site regularly but it is also up to all of you to make this website become alive. Let’s talk – there is no right or wrong – let’s exchange ideas, opinions and possible solutions. I am really looking forward to working with all of you to create a innovative path towards a better way of dealing with the overstigmatised issue of poker machine addiction.

(Re)Making Meaning Project

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The (Re)Making Meaning Project

The conceptual thinking behind the project is drawn from the experience of hundreds of gamblers who identify the ‘void’ that is left in their lives at the point that gambling ceases to be their central focus. They report to Gambler’s Help counsellors and others that the space that gambling consumed in their lives is empty and they have neither the confidence nor the required skills to fill the ‘vacuum’ in ways that are appropriate and sustainable. This re-building work will often be extensive and beyond the scope of the counsellor to undertake.

It is worth noting that for some of this group the inability to socialise effectively and get into, and remain connected to recreational, sporting and social options was never a skill they adequately possessed, even prior to the out-of-control gambling. For this group the anonymity and purported experience of “community” and “connectedness” marketed by the EGM industry is highly seductive. The reality however for most is that the “appointment to experience community” turns into a disappointment, and by this time they have developed a serious and deleterious dependence on playing the machines. At the point then, when they start to move away from harmful EGM playing they re-experience the emptiness of their lives prior to pokies, and are arguably even less skilled and equipped to address this deficit than before.

A critical deficit in the lives of many of the people who find themselves in this situation is that they have traditionally found making and keeping good friends difficult. For many of us we believe that this ‘friend-making’ skill is intuitive, however the lives of many people are devoid of friends despite their best efforts. The project will create a safe space and intentional supports throughout the twelve months to assist people in ‘friend-making’.