Gambling is a fun pastime but
everyone must be responsible. If you have a gambling addiction problem, we encourage you
to seek help.
Gamblers Anonymousis 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.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no
dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own
contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics,
organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses
nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other
compulsive gamblers do the same.
Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real
problem gamblers. No one likes to think they are different from their fellows. Therefore,
it is not surprising that our gambling careers have been characterized by countless vain
attempts to prove we could gamble like other people. The idea that somehow, some day, we
will control our gambling is the great obsession of every compulsive gambler. The
persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of prison,
insanity or death.
We learned we had to concede fully to our innermost selves
that we are compulsive gamblers. This is the first step in our recovery. With reference to
gambling, the delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be
smashed. We have lost the ability to control our gambling. We know that no real compulsive
gambler ever regains control. All of us felt at times we were regaining control, but such
intervals - usually brief -were inevitably followed by still less control,which led in
time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced that gamblers of our
type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period of time we get
worse, never better. Therefore, in order to lead normal happy lives, we try to practice to
the best of our ability, certain principles in our daily affairs.
|Gamcare - UK
GamCare, a registered charity, has become the leading authority on the provision of
counselling, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling in the
GamCare takes a non-judgemental approach to
gambling. We do not wish to restrict the choices or opportunities for anyone to operate or
engage in gambling opportunities that are available legally and operated responsibly.
We strive to develop strategies that will:
- Improve the understanding of the social impact of gambling
- Promote a responsible approach to gambling
- Address the needs of those adversely affected by a gambling
GamCare operates the national telephone helpline for anyone
affected by a gambling problem and operates a network of both face-to-face and online
counselling and support services.
|National Council on Problem Gambling - U.S.
The mission of the National
Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological
gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their
families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
The National Council administers several
nationwide programs, including a 24-hour confidential helpline, a gambling-specific
certification program for treatment professionals, and sponsors the Journal of Gambling
Studies, the only academic journal in the world devoted to problem gambling research. In
addition, the NCPG sponsors regional, national and international conferences, supports
research, distributes literature and works with other organizations involved in problem
gambling issues. The National Council on Problem Gambling is a tax-exempt, non-profit
organization that maintains a neutral stance on gambling.
The NCPG currently has 34 state
affiliate chapters, and numerous corporate and individual members. They encompass the
leading United States and international experts in problem gambling policy, research,
prevention, education and treatment.