Questions and Answers
How do I know if the gambling of my loved one is a problem? The information on this website may help you determine if there is a gambling problem. You are welcome to attend any Gam-Anon meeting to listen to experienced members and ask questions. If there is no meeting in your area contact the Gam-Anon International Service Office at
What do we accomplish at Gam-Anon meetings? We attempt to find the answers to such questions as: What is my role as the loved one of a compulsive gambler? How can I cope with the problem? How can I be of the greatest help to my gambler who is still gambling? How can I be the greatest help to my gambler who is in recovery in Gamblers Anonymous? How do I address the financial issues caused by the gambling? How can I deal with my anger, fear and resentment?
What is the cost of attending Gam-Anon? There are no dues or fees. Members contribute what they can at their meetings to pay meeting expenses.
Is Gam-Anon part of Gamblers Anonymous? No. Gam-Anon and Gamblers Anonymous each have its own legally recognized organization and its own program. However, we are cooperating organizations and encourage attendance in each other's programs. Gam-Anon has learned that we can support our gamblers in recovery by following our own program, and understanding and respecting the GA program.
Can I attend Gam-Anon if my gambler is still gambling? Yes, of course. Many of our members have loved ones who are still gambling. Gam-Anon meetings help us realize that we are not alone with our problems. The Steps and tools of the program help us to take control of our lives in spite of the gambling and problems caused by the gambling. We use the Gam-Anon program to build our own inner core of strength and serenity and learn practical tools to help us cope with the problems caused by the gambling.
What if there is no Gam-Anon meeting near to me? Contact the Gam-Anon International Service Office at