Does your spouse, child, or loved one have a gambling problem?
Call the Chicagoland area hotline:
1-708-802-0105

Click here for a list of Gam-Anon meetings in the Chicagoland area.

Here are some questions to help you determine if you are you living with a compulsive gambler.

Here is a note from a person who is affected by the gambling problem, a letter from a compulsive gambler
to his/her family.

Do you have a gambling problem?
Call 1-855-222-5542
or visit the Gamblers Anonymous web site at www.gachicago.org

Good & Welfare
These Gam-Anon members can use our support.

The Gam-Anon name is a registered trademark of the
Gam-Anon International Service Office, Inc.
PO Box 157
Whitestone, NY 11357
www.gam-anon.org
Phone: 718-352-1671
Fax: 718-746-2571

Welcome to Chicagoland Gam-Anon
Gam-Anon is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem. If you are seeking a solution for living with this problem, we would like you to feel that we understand, as perhaps few can. We, too are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken. Our thinking had become confused and many of us had become nervous, irritable, bitter and unreasonable.

We come into the group feeling alone, frightened, desperate, and ashamed. We hesitate to share our problems and failures, fearing no one could understand. The Gam-Anon group is warmly accepting and it offers the new member identification. The message we receive is: Come join with us, we too were alone, afraid and unable to cope with the problem; we will share with you a new and fulfilling way of life.

What is Gam-Anon?
Gam-Anon is a fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives and close friends of compulsive gamblers. You need not wait for the compulsive gambler to seek help before you come to Gam-Anon. In Gam-Anon we learn effective ways of coping with the gambling problem. By seeking help for ourselves and gaining serenity and peace of mind, we find that we are better able to cope with our problems on a day-to-day basis and in some cases motivate the gambler toward seeking for him/herself.

Following is the text to the powerful Serenity Prayer.
It is printed on the back cover of "THE GAM-ANON® WAY OF LIFE - A GAM-ANON HANDBOOK".

God, grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.