‘Support’ – to hold up or add strength to.
Recovery from gambling addiction is not an event. It is an ongoing process of change that is best accomplished with the support of others who share similar experiences or beliefs. Recovery support groups are effective because people dealing with the same problem are able to offer support and understanding to each other, and those with longer recovery experience are able to give practical guidance to those who are struggling.
12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous and Nar-Anon, and many others, have proven to be successful for millions of people recovering from substance addictions. Likewise, Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon provide a 12 Step framework of recovery support for problem gamblers and their family and friends.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a peer support group based on the same 12-step principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. Membership is free and is open to anyone who has a desire to stop gambling. Upon entering the Gamblers Anonymous program, new members receive a warm welcome from others who have experienced the pain of a gambling addiction, and often discover for the first time that they are not alone in this problem. Members gather for group meetings to share their experience strength and hope in order to solve their common problem. Participation in GA is voluntary and individuals can remain anonymous by identifying themselves by only their first name.
You can learn more about the Gamblers Anonymous program at www.gamblersanonymous.org
Gam-Anon is a separate 12-step support group for family members, friends, and anyone who is affected by someone’s gambling problem. In Gam-Anon, members experience relief from anxiety by accepting the fact that they are not responsible for someone else’s gambling problem. The energy wasted in attempts to stop loved ones from gambling is channeled into more useful methods of problem solving. Members are encouraged to use the support and problem solving suggestions of the program to rebuild their lives and learn how to give appropriate aid to the gambler. Like Gamblers Anonymous, participation in Gam-Anon is voluntary and free, and individuals can remain anonymous by identifying themselves by only their first name.
You can learn more about the Gam-Anon program at http://www.gam-anon.org
For Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon meeting times and locations in Nevada, call the 24 Hr. HelpLine, or click the link below for the online resource locator.