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Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a voluntary fellowship of individuals gathered for the sole purpose of helping themselves and others to stop gambling.

Use the Resource Locator tool to search for times and locations of Gamblers Anonymous meetings throughout Nevada.

Is Gamblers Anonymous a religious program?

Gamblers Anonymous is based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps of recovery are a set of principles intended to help the member change the way they think and live so that they can make a daily choice not to gamble. The program is considered to be spiritual, not religious, defining the word spiritual to mean embracing certain qualities such as kindness, generosity, honesty and humility. Although the program refers to a belief in a Higher Power, it is left to each member to define that source of strength. For some this higher power may be represented by God, for others it may merely be a belief that the group can help them stop gambling. Even atheists and agnostics have found the 12-step approach to be successful in dealing with a gambling addiction.


How long does a problem gambler have to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings?


Gamblers Anonymous is viewed as a lifetime support system which helps members to abstain from gambling one day at a time. Because there is no known cure for compulsive gambling, members are encouraged to attend meetings regularly regardless of how long they have successfully abstained from gambling.


Gamblers Anonymous helps the compulsive gambler in five significant ways:

Identification - The Gamblers Anonymous fellowship offers new members a mirror image of themselves through the experiences, or "therapy", of other compulsive gamblers. It is common to hear a new member of Gamblers Anonymous say, "I thought I was the only one that gambled like this until I heard others tell their stories."

Acceptance - Problem gamblers are often very lonely and isolated people. In Gamblers Anonymous, they are welcomed warmly, and, as a result, they feel accepted despite the consequences of their gambling behavior. They begin to break free from their isolation and allow others to help them with their problems.

Pressure Relief - Gamblers Anonymous helps the new member address financial and legal pressures that must be overcome if he/she is to build a lasting recovery. An important part of this process is the Pressure Relief Group Meeting. This meeting is conducted by other recovering Gamblers Anonymous members who suggest approaches for dealing with personal finances and repayment of creditors.

The 12 Steps of Recovery - These steps are the basis for the Gamblers Anonymous program. They aid the recovering compulsive gambler in making personal changes which are vital to lifelong success in abstaining from gambling.

Peer Support - Gamblers Anonymous not only offers an extensive number of group meetings every week but also promotes peer support through sponsorship of new members and telephone contacts between meetings.

For more information about Gamblers Anonymous, or to find meeting locations in other states, please visit their website at www.gamblersanonymous.org.

The PROBLEM GAMBLERS HELPLINE is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and offer confidential assistance. Caring and knowledgeable specialists will provide information on treatment and support resources in your area for both the gambler and those affected by the gambler’s problem.

Just pick up a phone and dial:

1-800-522-4700

It’s that simple.
When the Fun Stops…Help is just a phone call away.