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What is Gamblers Anonymous Like?

Discussion in '12-Step Support Groups' started by OHelloMe, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    I personally believe I have a problem with gambling. It definitely is not a full blown gambling addiction but it has caused trouble in the past. I'm considering going to Gamblers Anonymous, but I know I HATE AA for a variety of reasons and NA is a bit better. How different or the same is GA?
  2. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    My husband joined a gambler's support group... but, I can't remember of it was GA or a different one. But, it helped him a lot. The first step was going to all his frequented casinos and filling out the gambling addiction form (not sure if all casinos in the country have them but all ones in Oklahoma do), which probhibts him from entering their establishments and if he did he'd get kicked out. I think that helped more than anything. It was a requirement in the group he joined.
  3. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    Well, ****. I'm literally in the business. I have worked with a casino in the EU and currently am seeking out and applying to a variety of marketing & executive type positions with casinos in my city. Which makes it so difficult and complicates matters, especially since I know better.

    If GA straight-up refuses to allow people into casinos and whatnot, I'm going to be fucked. I am applying for other marketing positions, but honestly, I have roughly 7 years of casino work experience. Not to mention the casinos pay way more for my specific skills than anywhere else.

    It'd be an undue hardship to change careers. When I ended up unemployed/got laid off due to budget cuts. I hit bottom and put a strain on the finances with some gambling. Gambling has only been an issue for me for 6-8 months. It's out of character for me and I know better. I think there's some other underlying issues, since this hasn't been a problem - ever before.
  4. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    Hopefully, my husband was in a different group... like I said, it was a while ago and don't remember if was specifically GA or not. But, on the bright side if you work at a casino you can't gamble there. Hopefully... all the other casinos are far away from you, maybe? Sorry, I can't be better help to you.
  5. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    I think it depends on your position at the casino. If you're a pit boss, dealer, or game technician, then you definitely cannot gamble at your own casino. My boyfriend used to work security at one and they were fine with him gambling on his own time.

    I am in the process of getting an executive level position. From what I can gather you are not forbidden to mess about at the games, but you aren't really encouraged to. We will just have to see.

    I did end up at a casino last weekend, stuck to my limit, and had a good time. So, there is that.
  6. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    That's kind of funny because my husband used to work security at several casinos, he wasn't allowed to gamble or even be in the building when off-duty. I guess it differs by region.
  7. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I have never known anyone who attended a gamblers anonymous meeting. I would assume they are just like AA but all the stories would involve gambling stories. These are the types of things I am sure GA focuses on. I am sure it might even be a little sadder because I am sure there are people who have lost their homes due to gambling, if you are lucky, that doesn't nessarily happen if you are an alcoholic.
  8. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    I guess the anonymity factor can be a little more calming and comfortable and it its cost effective or free, then its definitely worth a try. Sharing your thoughts and gaining the advice of others can definitely help and hearing other people's opinions and what they have lost may give you a new perspective on gambling and how it can ruin lives beyond what you initially imagined. I guess it is worth a try, especially if you have tried everything else.
  9. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    It's good that you're looking to get help now with this problem rather than later. Gambling can have a very bad effect on your life if it gets out of control. I've known a couple of close friends who've ended up living on the street because they lost everything though gambling. It really is no joke.
  10. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    @SashaS & @danjon Thank you for the support. I haven't made it to a meeting yet. I really don't think my Gambling is a huge issue. I never break my bank and I've never been unable to cover bills. However, my boyfriend feels its a bit much and we were fighting about it, so I guess that's enough of a warning sign to nip it in the bud now before it gets worse. Ya know?
  11. Rhanks47

    Rhanks47 Member

    After reading this thread I think that these are the types of things I am sure GA focuses on. I am sure it might even be a little sadder because I am sure there are people who have lost their homes due to gambling. I am not hypnotized by the casino or others like this. I just think that gambling is my job because all my income comes from it. Moreover, it isn't easy at all because you should make some analysis and to be up to date with all the news about sports. I gamble only on because there are the best odds and this site has a lot of good feedback. It is a legal site because all the payments or withdrawals are safe and you receive your money on your card in some seconds.
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  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Community Champion

    As with me, almost invariably everyone I’ve known that believed they have an addiction problem , did have a problem.

    OHelloME writes>>>I know I HATE AA for a variety of reasons and NA is a bit better.<<<

    Correct me if I’m wrong, based on my observational experience, I suspect like many in 12 steps recovery groups, you’re confusing the AA, NA groups with the actual recovery program, of which the tenets are 2000+ years old that GA follows. In other words, the AA, NA groups are not the recovery program. As it states in the link below, ”The 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."
  13. HeidyD

    HeidyD Member

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  14. bomjik

    bomjik Member

    It sounds depressing. I know what it's like to deal with this problem on my own and it's really hard.
  15. bomjik

    bomjik Member

    I know what it is to be addicted to gambling. I've been through it, and I can share my experience with you. I suffered from it for a couple of months until I realized I was on the wrong path. I had to try a dozen different therapies before finding the right one. Since gambling was my source of income, I went back to it after recovery, but with a different strategy. I was focused on and success. That's what helped me keep addiction out of my life again.
  16. bismarc123

    bismarc123 Member

    For me, gambling is just a hobby, I never play seriously to earn money.
  17. lovecraftXIX

    lovecraftXIX Active Contributor

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