Meetings are mostly attended by wives of compulsive gamblers together with a small percentage of husbands, mothers and close friends. People come into the Group feeling alone, frightened, helpless, desperate, and ashamed. They hesitate to share their problems and their failures, fearing none could understand. GamAnon offers comfort and understanding. New members' problems vary greatly, but basically they stem from a disastrous financial situation and lack of communication between partners.GamAnon's purpose is threefold:
1. To help new members understand the gambling addiction.
2. By means of helpful suggestions from members who have experienced the same problems and overcome them, to enable new members to think and act constructively once more.
3. To help new members regain the self-confidence and self- respect that they have so obviously lost.

New members are surprised to be given the same Just for Today and Recovery Programme (to apply to their lives) as is given to Gamblers Anonymous members. (see Appendix) Often the GamAnon member finds out that she too needs to change her personality because all too often she may have become bitter and unforgiving, taking her frustrations out on her loved ones. We learn that even if our respective partners stop gambling, it doesn't mean that all problems disappear overnight, or are solved! Many gamblers who go to G.A. take months or years to stop gambling, and some, unfortunately, never succeed. However, suggestions are made by long-standing members on how best to live with the compulsive gambler. GamAnon is concerned with rebuilding shattered lives and helping members to stand on their own two feet, whether or not the compulsive gambler arrests his gambling.


CONCLUSION

Many people come to G.A. with more than one problem -- we can only help with the gambling problem. We are not

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • CONTRIBUTORS vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter 1 The Impact of Casino Gambling on a Small Town the Case of Atlantic City 3
  • References 11
  • Chapter 2 Economic Aspects of Gambling 12
  • Introduction 12
  • Conclusion 26
  • Chapter 3 Illegal Gambling a Brief Review of Law Enforcement Problems 30
  • Introduction 30
  • Conclusions 50
  • References 51
  • Chapter 4 Gamblers Disturbed or Healthy? 53
  • Abstract 68
  • References 68
  • Chapter 5 Why People Gamble - A Behavioral Perspective 71
  • References 83
  • Chapter 6 Why People Gamble a Sociological Perspective 84
  • Abstract 103
  • References 103
  • Chapter 7 The Treatment of Compulsive Gamblers 106
  • References 114
  • Chapter 8 Gamblers Anonymous 115
  • Conclusion 122
  • Appendix 124
  • Chapter 9 Gambling a British Perspective 127
  • Introduction 127
  • Conclusion 141
  • References 142
  • Author Index 143
  • SUBJECT INDEX 147
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