Here are the steps which are a program of recovery
- We admitted we were powerless over gambling - that our lives had
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore
us to a normal way of thinking and living.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care
of this Power of our own understanding.
- Made a searching and fearless moral and financial inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature
of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have these defects of character removed.
- Humbly asked God (of our understanding) to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make
amends to them all.
- Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when
to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact
with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will
for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having made an effort to practice these principles in all our affairs,
we tried to carry this message to other compulsive gamblers.
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."
Gamblers Anonymous would like to indicate that we are not soliciting
members. Our intention is to highlight that gambling for certain individuals
is an illness called "compulsive gambling."
Gamblers Anonymous provides the message that there is an alternative
to the destruction of compulsive gambling and this alternative is the
Gamblers Anonymous program. Our ranks are filled with members who have
recovered from the illness by stopping gambling and attaining a normal
way of life. These members remain ready to help any individual who passes
through the Gamblers Anonymous door.