Support Groups

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a voluntary self-help group run by recovering problem gamblers to assist other problem gamblers. It is based on the same 12-step program, established by Alcoholics Anonymous, and advocates complete abstinence from gambling, one day at a time.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings are open to anyone who believes they have a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; they are self-supporting through contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. The primary purpose of Gamblers Anonymous is to assist people to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings generally take place on a weekly basis in most areas throughout Australia. Visit the Gamblers Anonymous website for details of meetings in your local area.

For more information contact the Gamblers Anonymous helpline on 02 9628 5065.

Gam-Anon

Gam-Anon is a voluntary self-help group run by men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends who have been affected by the gambling problem. If you are seeking a solution for living with this problem, Gam-Anon aims to make you to feel that there are people who can understand as perhaps few can. Gam-Anon is a sister organisation of GA.

The Purposes of Gam-Anon are to:

  1. grow spiritually through living by the twelve steps of Gam-Anon;
  2. learn to live with the gambling problem;
  3. give encouragement and understanding to the compulsive gambler;
  4. welcome and give assistance and comfort to the families of compulsive gamblers.

Gam-Anon meetings generally take place on a weekly basis in areas throughout Australia. Some Gam-Anon meetings take place at the same time as GA meetings. Visit the Gam-Anon website for details of meetings in your local area.

For more information contact the GA helpline on 02 9628 5612.

Disclaimer

BetSafe has no connection in any way with Gamblers Anonymous or Gam-Anon. However, BetSafe endorses both Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon as being effective in assisting problem gamblers and their family members in addressing the issues associated with gambling problems.