Questions and Answers
How do I know if the gambling of my loved one is a problem?
What do we accomplish in Gam-Anon?
We attempt to find the answers to such questions as: What is my role as the loved one of a compulsive ( problem ) gambler? How can I be of the greatest help to my gambler who is still gambling? How can I live with the problem? How can I deal with my anger, fear and resentment? Will I ever be able to trust the gambler again?
What is the cost of attending Gam-Anon?
There are no dues or fees. Members contribute what they can at their meetings to pay meeting expenses.
How can I be the greatest help to the gambler who joins Gamblers Anonymous?
Gam-Anon is emotionally supportive of the Gamblers Anonymous program. We understand the process of recovery and what the loved ones of GA members can expect. We have learned from our own experiences that we have often enabled the gambler's gambling and irresponsible behaviors out of our love for our gamblers and fear of the consequences we may experience when we object to the gambling. We have learned that if we are supportive of the gambler's efforts in recovery and do not enable the gambler out of love or fear, it helps the gambler in his or her recovery.
Can I attend Gam-Anon if my gambler is still gambling?
Yes, of course. Many of our members have loved ones who are still gambling. Gam-Anon meetings help us realize that we are not alone with our problems. The Steps and tools of the program help us to take control of our lives in spite of the gambling and problems caused by the gambling. We use the Gam-Anon program to build our own inner core of strength and emotional maturity. When we understand the illness of compulsive gambling, and follow the Gam-Anon Steps and suggestions, the resulting change in our actions and attitudes may help the gambler realize that compulsive gambing is a problem and motivate an interest in bringing about a change.
What if there is no Gam-Anon meeting near to me?