Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
Gamblers Anonymous was the fourth Twelve-Step organization, founded in September 1957. There are about eight hundred groups in the United States.
GA made minor changes to most of AA’s steps. These modiﬁcations do not change the essential meaning, but they do tend to soften the emphasis on a Higher Power. For example, their Step Six reads, “Were entirely ready to have these defects of character removed.”
Another innovation in GA was what they call a “pressure group.” This actually means a group to relieve pressure, not to apply it. A meeting is set up to which a GA member brings ﬁnancial data about income, debts, and expenses. The other GA members give support and advice to help with employment, ﬁnancial, legal, and personal problems. The advice is not professional but offers support, common sense, and a wealth of personal experience.
For information about GA, consult the white pages of your phone directory, or write or call:
PO Box 17173
Los Angeles, CA 90017
For the family and friends of compulsive gamblers:
Gam-Anon Family Groups
PO Box 307
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
Updated 12 Sep 2015
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