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Gambling addiction doesn't just affect the gambler, family members, loved ones and friends are also affected and need help and recovery. You may not have heard of this self-help organization called Gam-Anon but it is a support system for individuals that have a spouse, family member or close friend that's a compulsive gambler. Compulsive gambling is a serious emotional illness and members of Gam-Anon need to understand that, it's important to their own recovery.
The purpose of Gam-Anon
- Learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness
- To use the program and its problem solving suggestions as aids in rebuilding their lives
- Upon their own recovery, give assistance to those who suffer
Gam-Anon is founded on spiritual principles and is a place where people meet to unburden themselves of problems they face from having relationships with a compulsive gambler in their life. Because everyone attending Gam-Anon meetings share the fact that a compulsive gambler in their life is affecting them, who better understands what you're going through than another Gam-Anon member.
You aren't offered counseling or therapy, a Gam-Anon meeting is a safe place for you to bring your current situation and hopefully by the time you leave you will have a new perspective on your situation. Gam-Anon is a wonderful support system but only you can make it work, other members are there to offer their support if you reach out to them.
Members listen to each other with an empathetic ear because they're able to understand what you're going through not a sympathetic or critical ear. You will hear experiences from others that may be similar to yours, these can give you and other members a new approach you may want to consider, and insight is what Gam-Anon meetings provide to their members.
If you grew up with a compulsive gambler but your not sure if Gam-Anon is for you then check out the Gam-Anon 20 Questions available on their site that will help you decide if Gam-Anon might be right for you.
If you're living with a compulsive gambler and your not sure if Gam-Anon is right for you then review the Gam-Anon 20 Questions available on their site that will help you decide if Gam-Anon might be right for you.
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