Posted on March 21, 2016
We are a group formed because of our previous experience with lives affected by gambling addiction. We are committed to preventing gambling related harm and to assisting those in recovery to regain purpose in their lives and prevent relapse. Over the past 14 years we have developed an extremely successful program to help people whose lives are out of balance because of gambling.
The Free Yourself Program is now open for new participants. Most of the events will be in the CBD. You can sign up for our newsletter, become a volunteer or donate to support our work. We will inform you on important research articles and highlight the many resources that are available to help people whose lives are out of balance because of gambling. Let’s start it off with something that might ‘catapult’ you from sitting on the fence ‘wanting to do something to change’ to real, life-altering’ action.
I say: “all you need to do now is just ‘get in the chair’!”
What do I mean by this? Let me tell you about Charles Blondin. I first read about him in one of the weekly blog posts by Andrew Jobling which I used to read every week. Inspirational, thought-provoking, challenging are just a few adjectives that come to mind when I reflect on his writings. Charles Blondin was a French daredevil, acrobat and tightrope walker back in the 1800’s.
He moved to the USA in the mid 1800’s and he became famous for his death-defying act of crossing the Niagara Gorge over the Niagara Falls walking on a tightrope. It was 340m across and 49m above the water. Very hard to believe and some people wouldn’t believe it until they saw it with their own eyes. He then took this further. He carried his assistant across the Niagara Gorge on a chair above his head walking on the tightrope.
After watching this amazing, scary spectacle he asked the impressed bystanders. “Would you have believed that I could do this without seeing me do it?” “No, but now that we’ve seen it with our own eyes we believe that it is possible”. His response was (I am paraphrasing here) “Great, that is fantastic so, how about you get in the chair?”
What is the message here and what does it have to do with Chrysalis Insight and our programs?
So many of the people that we work with don’t believe that they can change their behaviour, they don’t believe that life can get better, that they can stop gambling that they can reconnect and enjoy activities other than gambling. Even when they see it in other people, when they experience how it can be done, when they participate in our activities and they talk about a ‘better’ life until, ‘they themselves get into the chair’ it won’t happen.
Participating in our Free Yourself program or in any program for that matter, is definitely the first step and is very important. True commitment and lasting change though can only happen if you take the most important step and take action, you know the one step that will “get you into the chair.”