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If the story of Santiago has made you think and you also want to help this cause to change the world


When Santiago Caamaño (A Coruña, 1993) look at the pictures of adolescence of their friends, you know very well why he never appears. I was not playing football, or walking on the beach, or at dinner, or at parties, or on trips… While the rest lived, Santiago just wanted.

Bet and win. Adrenaline. Bet and lose. Adrenaline. Lose. Adrenaline. Lose. The life of Santiago between 14 and 22 years was guided only by the rhythm that marked the game and the stakes. Today, with 26 years, is Ludópata Rehabilitated, his pseudonym on the Internet, you want to give the face on a problem that is out –it takes nearly three years without playing– and with the help of many young people who start to messing with the betting to understand that they can become an addiction, and that, in such a case, the only way out is to ask for help.

the bombing of The sports betting

The “new drug of the game”, as the as increasingly holders, is expanding at a frenetic pace and is in the process of hooking more and more young people. In Spain, in five years it has increased by 369% in the number of active players that bet in online gambling. According to a study by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 20% of those under age wagering or has wagered on the Internet and according to another, more recent study of the University of Valencia, more than half of the children of our country have invested money sometime in your life.

This last percentage is the one that is Santiago in the classroom: “When I go to the institutes to give talks, I always make the same question: how Many of you know someone of your age who has ever played or which you play normally? And always raise your hand more than half,” he explains.

announcements of sports betting are now a constant bombardment on the Internet, on the radio and on television: elite athletes and presenters, celebrities with smile, bleached, lots of lights and politono shrieking in the background. If they announce a famous footballer, how it’s not going to be true?

increasingly fill our streets: by the end of 2018 had in Spain, more than 4,100 rooms of game (close to double that of two years before). According to the associations of neighbors of Madrid, the bookies in the region increased by 300% in just five years.

Santiago Caamaño is served from the social networks to raise the visibility of the problem of the game. Somos5

After spending nearly a decade hooked on this addiction, Santiago overflows the impotence to see, as he himself explains, that “there is no regulation with respect to the game and that the advertising is broadcast at all hours; you see children sing along to advertisements of bets without realizing what they are doing. This is not going against the game, but that has to be regulated”.

A problem for normal people

The face in networks and in the classrooms of the institutes, Santiago feels that it is easier for people to understand that this is a problem that can touch anyone. Happened to him, that in the college we had come a year after being diagnosed as gifted.

throughout his adolescence, he was following a yellow brick road that he was moving closer, each time more, the black hole in that it would lock into place after. “I started with poker online with a spoofing of my mother, put his data and he was playing with his name. There I began to hook me, to the point that I got to forge the notes, to suspend and to be able to stay at home playing poker”.

Lose control

With 17 years James had already learned how to fool everyone to get money. “I was going to see my grandmother, who gave me money and told me: ‘Don’t say anything to your parents’… To me that was a laundering brutal of money to be able to go play. The life becomes a lie, your head is working at 300% to get the money, in the end, what you get even if it is generating debts”, he adds.

After the poker, slots, game rooms, or roulette, to 18 years just turned, was initiated in the world of sports betting online: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Santiago had just met the fantasy without limits of a drug with no substance that never ends.

life, in fact, it was just a continuous loop, a roller coaster, an endless feeding of the need to play and keep betting without control, always a little more than the previous time. “You start with a minimal amount, but then you realize that in order to have the same feeling, you need more money: I started with a euro in to the poker and I ended up betting € 13,000 that had won an hour before.”

The time to ask for help

José Manuel Recouso is a psychologist Agalure, a galician association that offers decades of treatment for problem gambling and other addictions. They went to Santiago to start his rehabilitation, and with them works now to help other young people. “The first time that Santi came to the association, like many patients, was basically as a consequence of the economic debt that had generated. He wanted to fix it, and I did not see the problem of addiction,” he explains.

Ludópata rehabilitated, the Twitter account of Santiago Caamaño, on the screen of your mobile.

The debt that came to accumulate Santiago was totally impractical. “We were at a family meal, had been born my cousin, was a day of joy and I released the pump between crying… I derrumbé. My family reacted very positively, said to me: ‘Quiet, let’s get out of this,’” he recalls. Now when other people will come to Ludópata Rehabilitated through the networks, the first thing I advise is to tell your family and then seek professional help.

The family is fundamental in a process in which runs are featureless relapse. However, according to Agalure the rate of rehabilitation on the verge of the 95% with therapies that start by learning again how to relate with money. For James, the first guidelines consisted of in the carry an exhaustive control of its economy, to have a spending journal and a bank account joint with someone in your environment who showed up to the tricks of the refreshments.

Then came the therapies group. “That was what helped me most. When you listen to the things that they passed the fellow, you feel identified, even aid that is again and help you when the recaes you… it Is a group that becomes almost a family.”

Help others and help yourself

“The work of Santi gives us a visibility and a normalgive it to the people that did not exist until now. Young people like him, with that ease of getting to other young people is very important to show that these diseases exist, that there is a solution for them and that you are not alone”, points out José Manuel, Agalure. “When it counts in the centers of their own experience, you will be surprised by the attention with which the children are outstanding and all such information”.

For James, help is help. “The more time passes, the easier it is to carry the theme of not playing, but that’s what makes you have a confidence that can be dangerous. I always say that with Ludópata Rehabilitated not only help other young people, but I’m also helping me to remember in my day-to-day all the evil that I have gone through and to keep me alert”.

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Content adapted from the video of Santiago


21 years old Santiago Caamaño came to lose € 13,000 in a single day betting. Today is Ludópata Rehabilitated, a character who uses his experience, humor, and networks to disseminate this disease and help other young people fight their addiction.



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I small I was always very hyperactive, the truth is that I had a desire for leadership. All of the games that did were betting, though out the victory. If they were games of entertainment, that there was no winner, no longer called me, yes that is true. And at the end was what I was after even play, as sought neither to win.


With what I was with online poker. I started full with a spoofing of my mother to the point that I got to forge the notes, to suspend. Approved all and I put that I removed two to stay at home to play poker. And even after I put the money on the floor of my classmates and mine. My part I got to spend it with, to steal from my teammates and to spend my. At the end he was always looking for money, he did.


I Started by betting one euro in poker and I ended up with the 13,000 that had won an hour before. You start betting on the weekend matches and you end up betting on a game that you live to see who wins the next point; the immediacy also… how Much more immediacy, more addiction generates.


I Remember that I was going to bed, leave the bets made in the morning, I put alarm clocks to the hour point, at three in the morning, at five, at seven, and at the end you’re playing 24 hours a day, you don’t have limit of time or money. And then, yes, that is the moment in which I see that I have a problem, that I am not able to fix it myself, I am psychologically shattered, I think, at worst, in myself of in the middle, even to commit suicide or catch a plane and disappear.


As he had already been there four or five years playing when I realized that already I was shaping a little life. Until that I am going to talk with the psychologist and the secretary of the association and, indeed, from that day I did not play. And that’s when I said, ” well, I’m going to make a Twitter in this case, in social networks, try to make an initiative and so far is working well and I hope you continue to grow and be able to at least generate a debate.


Ludópata Rehabilitated is a person that you are looking for is to raise awareness, reach out to the minds of the people, who will see that there is a latent problem and that is more dangerous than it seems from outside.

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