IS A GAMBLING PROBLEM AFFECTING YOUR LIFE?
Welcome to the official website of the Gam-Anon® International Service Office, Inc., serving the community of international meetings of the Gam-Anon Family Groups. Gam-Anon has created this website to provide information for the general public and professional community about problem ( compulsive ) gambling.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
GAM-ANON®INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OFFICE, INC.
P.O. BOX 157
WHITESTONE, NEW YORK 11357-0157
718-352-1671 718-746-2571 (fax)
Gam-Anon Offers Hope and Help When a Loved One Has a Gambling Problem
Living with the effects of someone else’s gambling problem is too devastating for most people to bear without help. Financial problems are common, and loved ones often feel alone, frightened, desperate and ashamed about the problem in their family. Gam-Anon is an anonymous fellowship that offers self-help recovery for anyone whose life has been affected by someone with a gambling problem.
In Gam-Anon, family and friends learn effective ways of coping whether or not the gambler seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a gambling problem. There are no dues or fees. Information about where to find help, including a national meeting list, can be found at www.gam-anon.org .
Gam-Anon supports family members and friends in finding answers to such questions as:
In Gam-Anon the member will experience relief from anxiety by accepting the fact of powerlessness over the problem in the family. The heavy load of responsibility for the gambling problem is lifted and the guilt in regard to failures is gradually alleviated. The energy wasted in attempts to stop loved ones from gambling can be channeled into more useful methods of problem solving.
Local hotline phone numbers and meeting lists are available at www.gam-anon.org .Those seeking more information can also contact the Gam-Anon International Service Office at (718) 352-1671.
INFORMATION FOR THE MEDIA
Gam-Anon welcomes the opportunity to inform the general public about the Gam-Anon program. Our members who agree to be interviewed or to speak before a group about the Gam-Anon program and how the gambling problem has affected their lives are also representing Gam-Anon and will follow these Gam-Anon guidelines.
As Gam-Anon has no opinion on legal or illegal gambling, politics, religion, or the medical definitions of gambling and treatment of gambling, we request that those questions are not asked. If asked, our members will respond with the statement that Gam-Anon has no opinion.
Requests for information about Gam-Anon, interviews or speakers are directed to the Gam-Anon International Service Office Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-352-1671.
Gam-Anon International Service Office, Inc. P.O. Box 157 Whitestone, NY 11357 718-352-1671 718-746-2571 fax gam-anon.org