Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.

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Getting Help
GETTING HELP

Gambling is a diagnosable, treatable disease similar to alcohol and drug addiction. Treatment for seniors may include one or more of the following:


GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS
In the Greater Phoenix area, there are a wealth of resources for senior gamblers. Every year, many more women and men aged 55+ are entering the GA program, leading groups and being of service to other compulsive gamblers.

Gamblers Anonymous was started in 1957 by male Action gamblers. Thirty years later, a different type of gambler -- the Escape gambler -- began to appear. Although there may be differences in why and how people crossed the line into compulsive gambling, what is most important are the commonalities. The senior gambler -- male or female, Action or Escape -- needs to know that the program can and will work for them. They should be encouraged to "take what they need and leave the rest."
 

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING from a certified compulsive gambling counselor. In addition to GA, many compulsive gamblers find that their recovery is accelerated by professional counseling. It is very important that the counselor have not only a background in addiction, but recent training in gambling addiction. Very little good -- and even damage -- can be done by a counselor who is not qualified.


INPATIENT TREATMENT/OUTPATIENT TREATMENT Make sure the treatment center or individual counselor has experience and training in gambling addiction treatment. Some centers that say they treat gamblers may not have anyone on staff with specific gambling training.


CoDA, or Co-Dependents Anonymous is a 12-step self help program that helps people deal with their codependency issues. If you want to know more about codependency, go to the CoDA website.


REPLACING GAMBLING  Seniors who successfully stop gambling reclaim old interests and pursue new ones. They grow and heal as they join others in recovery from gambling addiction.
BE RESPONSIBLE: IF YOU CONDUCT GROUP TRIPS TO GAMBLING SITES
(OR TO CHARITY FUND RAISERS), EDUCATE YOUR GROUP!


SENIORS AND SWEEPSTAKES: CONTACT THE ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE FOR INFORMATION.