Bespoke Treatment for Addictive Disorders

You might be reading this and be worried about your gambling or drinking or your relationship with prescribed or recreational drugs. Some of the information in this section of the website might be of help, or if you’re eligible to use our services, think about giving us a call

It might be that your gambling or substance use is worrying you or others but could be addressed through opening up, some honest conversations, and some work with a counsellor who can begin to help you understand your thoughts and feelings and how this might change your patterns of behaviour. When an individual’s relationship with a behaviour or a substance becomes particularly problematic however, the most appropriate form of treatment might be a residential stay in a rehabilitation clinic or ‘rehab’.

Sporting Chance has its own custom built clinic, the only one we know of in the world created exclusively to treat sportsmen and women for addictive disorders - specifically problematic behaviour relating to gambling, alcohol and other drugs.

We’ve been treating clients here for over 20 years - we understand better than anyone the world of high-level, high-profile sport and how addictive behaviour affects both those competing within it and those who have struggled to adapt to life following the end of their sporting career. Whether an active professional or in retirement, Sporting Chance has helped hundreds of men and women across a range of team and individual sports who have experienced difficulties with addiction. Our programmes are designed to empower individuals to make lasting changes in their lives and to enable current professional athletes to return to the daily routine of elite competition.

More About our Programmes

We offer courses of various lengths in a caring and supportive environment at our Hampshire Clinic. Living in a shared house in the grounds of an exclusive health resort, we ask that our clients commit to a compulsory programme which incorporates an established, professionally recognised recovery model. As we accept only a small number of people at any one time for residential treatment, our dedicated staff are able to give clients the attention and understanding they need.

Treatment consists of on one-to-one counselling with our highly trained therapists and group work with fellow clients who are also current or former athletes. Clients can also access a range of complementary therapies including forms of meditation, Scuba therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy.

​We also understand that for many of those who join our residential programme, maintaining or regaining a high level of physical fitness can be vitally important. Every aspect of the set up at Sporting Chance is designed to give an athlete the best chance of returning to their club or their coach in optimal physical condition. We have a range of physical training programmes and courses of physiotherapy and massage delivered by highly qualified professionals, tailored to the needs of each client and the requirements of their chosen sport. All those on our residential programme will have full use of a gym, swimming pool and spa facilities.

Continued Support

The ideal outcome for the majority of clients who attend Sporting Chance is to return to their sport in peak physical shape and with the psychological tools to continue in their recovery from addiction. However, our support does not end at the conclusion of their residential stay with us; each client is offered an aftercare programme on their return home which may involve ongoing counselling provided locally. Additionally, our team are always available to offer telephone support or to arrange refresher visits to the clinic. We also know addiction often has a huge impact on families, loved ones and employers and we seek to involve them in a client’s recovery process wherever possible.

Funding for Residential Treatment

Residential funding varies depending on individual arrangements with our  stakeholders and admission is dependent on an assessment process. Click here and call us to find out more.

We do not receive any funds directly from the gambling industry.

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