IS A GAMBLING PROBLEM AFFECTING YOUR LIFE?
Welcome to the official website of the Gam-Anon® International Service Office, Inc., serving the community of international meetings of the Gam-Anon Family Groups. Gam-Anon has created this website to provide information for the general public and professional community about problem ( compulsive ) gambling.
INFORMATION FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
While Gam-Anon has no affiliation with any professional group and does not endorse any professional group, we do welcome the professional community to inquire about the Gam-Anon program. Our literature shares much of our experience and we especially recommend the following:
Games Compulsive Gamblers and We Play
The Gam-Anon Way of Life
Information for the Newcomer
Demonstration Meeting with questions and answers ( audio CD )
Is There a Gambling Problem in Your Family? is free and can be duplicated for distribution in your office and for professional group meetings.
Gam-Anon Can Help is free and can be duplicated for distribution in your office and for professional group meetings.
Gam-Anon meetings are led by our members. We don't employ professional counselors. We recognize that for many members, personal emotional growth and repair of relationships require more than the peer group support and experience offered in our meetings and literature. Professional treatment is a welcomed resource for these members.
To purchase literature, receive our free pamphlet, or ask questions about Gam-Anon, please contact the International Service Office at email@example.com or 718-352-1671.
To request a speaker for a professional group, please see the information for the media on this site.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
GAM-ANON®INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OFFICE, INC.
P.O. BOX 157
WHITESTONE, NEW YORK 11357-0157
718-352-1671 718-746-2571 (fax)
Gam-Anon Offers Hope and Help When a Loved One Has a Gambling Problem
Living with the effects of someone else’s gambling problem is too devastating for most people to bear without help. Financial problems are common, and loved ones often feel alone, frightened, desperate and ashamed about the problem in their family. Gam-Anon is an anonymous fellowship that offers self-help recovery for anyone whose life has been affected by someone with a gambling problem.
In Gam-Anon, family and friends learn effective ways of coping whether or not the gambler seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a gambling problem. There are no dues or fees. Information about where to find help, including a national meeting list, can be found at www.gam-anon.org .
Gam-Anon supports family members and friends in finding answers to such questions as:
In Gam-Anon the member will experience relief from anxiety by accepting the fact of powerlessness over the problem in the family. The heavy load of responsibility for the gambling problem is lifted and the guilt in regard to failures is gradually alleviated. The energy wasted in attempts to stop loved ones from gambling can be channeled into more useful methods of problem solving.
Local hotline phone numbers and meeting lists are available at www.gam-anon.org .Those seeking more information can also contact the Gam-Anon International Service Office at (718) 352-1671.
Gam-Anon International Service Office, Inc. P.O. Box 157 Whitestone, NY 11357 718-352-1671 718-746-2571 fax gam-anon.org