What is a Support Group?
In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks.1
Are There Support Groups for Gambling?
There are support groups for gambling such as Gamblers Anonymous2, which is for the gambler themselves, and Gam-Anon3 for spouses, family and close friends of the gambler who need to start the recovery process themselves.
What is Gamblers Anonymous?
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Gambler’s Anonymous has meetings all throughout the entire country, and the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees – it is free to attend.
What is Gam-Anon?
“The self-help organization of Gam-Anon is a lifesaving instrument for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers. We come into the group feeling alone, frightened, helpless, desperate and ashamed. We hesitated to share problems and failures, fearing none could understand. The Gam-Anon group is warmly accepting and it offers the new member identification because they too were alone, afraid and unable to cope with the problem. They will share with you a new and fulfilling way of life. Gam-Anon’s purposes are three-fold: to learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness; to use the program and its problem solving suggestions as aids in rebuilding our lives and, upon our own recovery, to give assistance to those who suffer.
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 agonizing 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.”3
There are no dues or fees – it is free to attend.
What is Celebrate Recovery (CR)?
Celebrate Recovery was founded with the goal of overcoming life’s issues with a twelve-step program based on Christian principles. This recovery program is designed to help those struggling with hurts, hang-ups, and habits by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through the recovery process.1
Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God´s healing power through the “8 Recovery Principles.” This experience allows us to “be changed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God´s grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.4
There are no dues or fees. It is free to attend. Each meeting area has different types of groups. Please call your local location to see if they offer groups for gambling addiction or financial issues.
*CCPG is not affiliated with any of the community support groups list above.