Gam-Anon is a worldwide organization that offers a self-help recovery program for the families and friend of compulsive gamblers whether or not the gambler seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a gambling problem.
Members give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experiences, strength and hope. Sharing of similar problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a policy of anonymity.
Gam-anon is not a religious organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment center nor is it allied with any other organization offering such services. Gam-anon family groups neither express opinions on outside issues nor endorse outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required. Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one's own life has been adversely affected by someone else's gambling problem.
Compulsive gambling is a family disease. Living with the effects of someone else's gambling is too devastating for most people to bear without help. in Gam-anon we learn individuals are not responsible for another person's disease or recovery from it. we let go of our obsession with another's behavior and begin to lead happier and more manageable lives, lives with dignity and rights; lives guided by a power greater than ourselves.
Detachment is neither kind nor unkind. It does not imply judgement or condemnation of the person or situation from which we are detaching. It is simply a means that allows us to separate ourselves from the adverse effects that another person's gambling can have upon our lives. detachment helps families look at their situations realistically and objectively, thereby making intelligent decisions possible.