WHAT IS COMPULSIVE GAMBLING?
Compulsive gambling is also known as problem gambling and pathological gambling. In Gam-Anon we use the term compulsive gambling. It is the same term used by Gamblers Anonymous. Compulsive gambling is an illness that causes the gamblers to experience irresistable urges to gamble. Compulsive gamblers often build a fantasy life filled with dreams of what they will buy or possess when there are enough winnings. Pathetically, there never seems to be enough of these winnings to make even the smallest dream come true and gambling compounds the frustrations rather than minimizes them. In the gamblers' world monies won are sacred and to be used only to gamble more in the hopes of winning even more.
In spite of the financial losses and escalating emotional turmoil, compulsive gamblers continue to believe that they can control or moderate their gambling activities at will, at any time. However, our experience confirms that compulsive gamblers cannot do either of these things.
When compulsive gamblers reach the point where they are willing to admit loss of control over gambling and the complete unmanageability of their lives, they may finally be ready to accept help. This help can be found in Gamblers Anonymous.
To contact Gamblers Anonymous write to:
Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office
PO Box 17173
Los Angeles, CA 90017