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Gamblers Anonymous

A Nationally Recognized Program for a Nationally Recognized Problem

Gamblers AnonymousGamblers Anonymous (GA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Gambling Recovery Ministries refers many people to Gamblers Anonymous Meetings in their respective locations. In addition, GRM provides a variety of useful GA materials to persons seeking help.

The only requirement for membership in GA is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for membership – GA is self-supporting through members’ contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. GA does not wish to engage in any controversy nor does GA endorse nor oppose any cause. The primary purpose of Gamblers Anonymous is helping members to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

The intention of Gamblers Anonymous is to highlight that gambling for certain individuals is an illness called compulsive gambling. Gamblers Anonymous provides the message that there is an alternative to the destruction of compulsive gambling and this alternative is the Gamblers Anonymous program.

The GA 12 Step Program is fundamentally based on ancient spiritual principles and rooted in sound medical therapy. The best recommendation for the program is the fact that it works.

Do you have a problem? Are you ready to stop?

Gamblers Anonymous offers the following questions to anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.

  1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
  10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
  12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
  13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
  19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  20. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.

For help

GA National Hotline
(888) GA – HELPS or (888) 424-3577)

For more information


International Service Office  
(718) 352-1671

Want additional information about GA and GA Meetings in your area?
Call Rev. Janet Jacobs at 812-926-1052 or e-mail jjacobs@grmumc.org