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Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step program for individuals with a gambling problem, based on peer support and a shared desire to stop.


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My life now is hopeless. I can't work anymore, the stress from not gambling builds to the point where I only see the worst in people. I wish I didn'.


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Do you gamble when you're lonely or bored? Or after a stressful day at work or following an argument with your spouse? Gambling may be a way to self-soothe​.


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I thought about leaving but I decided to stay and try and work it out. Unfortunately he did not keep the Gamblers Anonymous code. He had told a friend who told.


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People with a gambling addiction who attended Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings gambled less frequently than peers who avoided the.


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Only about were regulars and the rest came and went. In the meantime, it would do no harm to read some self-help psychology books, or enter into counseling. Self-help is not the way for everybody. I had to do these things at every meeting. The time factor might be shorter with Gamblers Anonymous or it might be shorter with self-help. This requires: Honesty with ourselves No, compulsive gambling is an emotional problem. The steps are asking me to surrender all my abilities and powers to someone else.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Some people are too weak to even begin helping themselves. This step 10 and the two which follow, if done daily, will help maintain daily growth Gamblers Anonymous members have found that the best road to financial recovery is through hard work and repayment of our debts. It was virtually impossible to gamble compulsively without "lying, stealing, avoiding reality and escaping into a dream world, or sometimes indulging in all three. I also believe that Gamblers Anonymous is a method of self-help I also know it can be done with self-help alone I think the only intangible is effectiveness. Again, nothing wrong with it but Gamblers Anonymous should admit it is a religious program. We are all different beings, with different beliefs, situations, tolerances, needs, abilities, understanding It's great that we ARE all different too, otherwise there would be absolutely no variety of anything in life. Ravisher I used to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings but after awhile found them repetitive; having to go through the 20 questions at every meeting, introducing myself as a compulsive gambler, admitting to everyone I was powerless and had to surrender to a Higher Power. Each member should try to find a way which suits him or her best, but it is essential that they do find a way. Here's my take on Gamblers Anonymous and what works for everyone Nothing works for everyone. I will explain why I think this way. As a former compulsive gambler, I try my best to live by them. Gamblers Anonymous even uses "H"im, "P"ower, "H"is. Find the root cause and kill the root. This party, it doesn't say directly, is God. If you can admit to being wrong right now, you are truly gaining a deeper insight into yourself. This is a similar question as the poll that Admin just posted Surely, Gamblers Anonymous is not going to work for someone who isn't open-minded to Step programs. During my Gamblers Anonymous days, people came and people went. Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of this Power of our own understanding. I see many people saying they gamble because…. It makes me forget my problems. For me personally, self-help psychology worked extremely well. There is no instant cure for the vast majority of people. Gambling is a very complex issue. Is it more effective than self-help? Freely admit the other party is right and being glad for them, even appreciating confrontation and constructive criticism is a giant step. Perhaps, however insofar as stop gambling, many Gamblers Anonymous members have abstained from gambling without the benefit of the knowledge of why they gambled. For me, steps 1, 2, and 3 of Gamblers Anonymous ask too much of me. If so, then they should discover exactly what it is they are trying to escape from, or run away from and deal with those issues. My answer was to believe in myself-- self-determination, self-esteem, self-recovery Here are some Gamblers Anonymous quotes I find disturbing after I was able to help myself by reading psychology and other self-help books :. There is no certain way to say absolutely that Gamblers Anonymous is better than self-help or self-help is better than Gamblers Anonymous in avoiding relapses. Before self-help they may benefit from professional counseling, until they have the strength to move on to self-help. Personally, I think we need to find the WHY individuals gamble compulsively. I had to make a decision, do I want to rely on some "Power" for the rest of my life or believe in myself? There are millions of compulsive gamblers in the world, and I'm sure there is no way to poll them, let alone follow them for the rest of their lives to get a good "statistic" regarding relapses. Everyone has to find what works for them, and if one thing doesn't work, try another. Step Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Or at the very least can simply shrug off the feeling to gamble and carry on in a normal gamble-free Life, in the same way an ex-smoker, or ex-drinker does. What works for you? There is nothing wrong with being a religious program but I wish some GA'ers and Gamblers Anonymous itself would admit it and stop saying that you only need to believe in a Higher Power and that Higher Power doesn't have to be God. Self-help likely won't work for a person who can't be honest with themselves, and be vigilant in applying concepts on their own. Or some were too ashamed to come back. Some take up long-forgotten hobbies. Well, that's maybe the reason why the meetings I attended for over 6 months were like revolving doors. Is Gamblers Anonymous considered self-help? Most Gamblers Anonymous members look upon this as their greatest challenge which should be worked on immediately and continued through their lives. It helps me to forget everything… For these people I think it is 'escapism'. Steps 7 and 11 make direct reference to "God. I had to admit to myself and to the room, aloud, that I was powerless over an activity, a choice. Some return to sports they once had an interest in. Sooner or later he or she falls back into the same old destructive pattern. It really does differ, and I for one am grateful that there are options for compulsive gamblers. I am sure that prayer alone will work for some also. I felt like I was living in the past and wasn't growing after awhile. Some resume education this is something that can be done at any age. Now here are some great quotes from Gamblers Anonymous literature that anyone can apply, even if they are not pro-Gamblers Anonymous. But our group had about members each week. The way I see it is, if a person feels that Gamblers Anonymous is working and they 'feel right' with Gamblers Anonymous then they should continue. Gamblers Anonymous and self-help can both play a part in finding the root cause. The member must accept that there is no cure for this disease, gambling addiction can only be arrested. They came back after they relapsed. After awhile, I felt helpless. How long before one is fully recovered? To sum up these points: I'm very sick, I have an illness and an incurable disease. First, we must be aware of them and acknowledge them. The most effective method of recovery is the one that works best for the individual, whether it's Gamblers Anonymous or self-help. Qualities such as kindness, generosity, honesty and humility. The old ones are gone, look forward to new ones. There is no doubt in my mind that Gamblers Anonymous has saved the lives of thousands of compulsive gamblers around the world. Gamblers Anonymous uses the "incurable disease" model of compulsive gambling. Adding more strings to the bow. Everything depends on the individual and their belief system and what they best respond to. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}How instrumental is Gamblers Anonymous in overcoming gambling addiction? Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to a normal way of thinking and living. I know it was a great starting point for me. All these positive reinforcements will make me feel real good. No magic pill and no single way that will work for everybody. By fully recovered I mean, when a person has no more desire to gamble. We are all different. By the time we came to Gamblers Anonymous, we had picked up a number of character defects. I think people should be looking at the 'time factor'. To me, it is extremely important to know why I gambled. And keep trying, until something "clicks. Gamblers Anonymous obviously works for some people and professional counseling works for others. This is contrary to some of the steps in the program.