Help for Gambling Addiction
- For Family Members!
you looking for help for gambling addiction that is affecting your
family? Once you've determined that your friend, family, or
one is a problem gambler, it's natural that you begin seeking
information regarding how to help them. While we can't
other people's bahavior, and in particular, we can't impose help on
someone with a gambling problem no matter how much we love them, there
are some avenues for help for you to consider:
is a program specifically to help compulsive gamblers. You
certainly encourage your gambler to attend meetings. You can
join them for the first few meetings, however, ultimately continuing to
go must be their choice. It's important to understand that
can't force, or otherwise demand them to continue going by making
threats or ultimatums.
Even if you "force" them to go, if they're not ready to give
their will to the program, simply attending meetings won't help by
osmosis. They need to be fully engaged, and WANT to change.
meetings are held virtually every day of the week, and can be found
across the country, and even around the world. These meetings
represent a universally accept program for getting help for gambling
addiction. There are two
types of meetings; open
meetings and closed
meetings simply means that you can accompany your loved and actually
sit (and participate) in the meeting. Closed meetings can
attended by gamblers themselves. Attending a few open
with your gambler is definitely a good idea as it will give you an idea
of what the meeting is all about. It will also give you an
opportunity to hear the stories of other gamblers, as well as hear
their success stories in terms of how they got help for gambling
addiction and stopped gambling. At
least for me, I found the experience to be insightful. I also
found it comforting to see that gamblers in general are good people,
just like you and I (and my spouse), and that they truly are struggling
with a disease. To
hear about some of their successes in stopping gambling gave me some
really critical, however, to
appreciate that if your gambler doesn't want to get help for gambling
addiciton by attending Gamblers
Anonymous meetings, nothing positive will come from you trying to force
them to go. Encouraging them to go to the first few meetings
can't hurt, however, after that, you need to leave it to your loved
one to conclude that the program can help them. Depending on
whether or not they are in denial regarding their gambling problem, you
may find that they go in and out of the program. Most people
agree that some type of regular attendance is important for the program
to be effective. While considering the value of GA, please
learn about the difference between abstinence versus recovery in the Gambling
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