The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has unveiled a new app aimed at providing those experiencing gambling harm access to self-help.
According to information released Monday, the “Reset” app – funded by a AU$200,000 (US$142,000) grant from the Victorian state government – offers users insight into why they gamble and provides strategies for tracking and managing gambling behaviors.
The interactive program was developed using research conducted by Deakin University and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and motivational interviewing techniques to support people struggling with their gambling habits. The app has been clinically tested to be used as an alternative to, or in combination with, traditional in-person counselling services, the government said.
Users can also set their own goals and work through a range of interactive modules and activities at their own pace, covering challenges such as learning to cope with urges, avoiding unplanned gambling episodes and dealing with relapse as a normal part of the recovery process.
“We understand the importance of minimizing gambling harm and ensuring all Victorians have access to the help they need – this app is another way we’re supporting people at risk of problematic gambling behavior,” said Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Melissa Horne.
“The ‘Reset’ app provides a great alternative to traditional counselling methods, removing barriers such as stigma that can prevent people from seeking help.”