Advice for Compulsive Gamblers
Tips from Gamblers Anonymous
- A compulsive gamblers needs to be willing to accept the fact that he or she is in the grip of a progressive illness.
- Gambling addicts recover best when they have an honest desire to stop gambling
- Someone stops gambling by bringing about a progressive character change within themselves.
- To recover from the most baffling compulsive addictions will require diligent effort. Honesty, open-mindedness and willingness are key in recovery.
- Rather than bailing out a recovering gambler, Gamblers Anonymous recommends a "pressure relief" group budgeting session to list and prioritize existing assets and debts.
Tips from the National Center for Responsible Gambling
- Understanding how gambling works and the dangers that are associated with gambling is an important step in your journey.
- Before you make a decision to change your habits, it's good to think about the costs and benefits of each choice.
- Remember that change is a process and it will take time. The first three months are usually the most difficult.
- To handle urges, focus on other things. Replace the things in your life that you associate with gambling with other activities that will help to keep your mind off gambling.
- Talk about your urges to gamble and how you are dealing with these feelings. Friends and family who support your decision to change will play a big role in helping you achieve your goals.
International Service Office
P.O. Box 17173
Los Angeles, CA 90017
National Center for Responsible Gaming
P.O. Box 14323
Washington, D.C. 20044-4323
The National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
208 G Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Compulsive Gambling Center
924 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
PO Box 157
Whitestone, NY 11357
Mr. Terry Shulman, a recovering shoplifter, has developed a program to provide support and community to others who suffer from this compulsion. CASA (Cleptomaniacs and Shoplifters Anonymous) is an independent, weekly self-help group in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Shulman has also written a book, Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery.
To learn more, go to www.shopliftersanonymous.com.