This article will reveal the main points in treating gambling addiction starting from the common symptoms and to then to the twelve point steps of recovery program.
As soon as you are aware that yourself or any other person you know has become addicted to any form of gambling, you should contact the association for problem gambling in your city/country. The first help association was Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), formed in 1935 to help those suffering from alcoholism. The Twelve step plan below was written by the founders of the AA - Bill Wilson and Dr.Bob Smith and in 1953 Narcotics Anonymous got permission to use the steps and traditions of the AA. After that, these steps, traditions and methods of treatment are used by numerous organizations for fighting addictions and helping addicts.
You have probably already know that the first step in fighting any problem is admitting you have a problem and that you cannot control this addiction. A person that admits this fact will be more willing to accept help than if they are forced into treatment.
The following step is to recognize a greater power to receive strength from/ In most cases this greater power can be faith.
Next the person has to examine their past errors with the help of an experienced member of a Gamblers Anonymous association and then start making amends for all previous errors.
The aim is to learn how to live a new life with a whole new behavior and even start helping others that suffer with the same addictions and problems.
The Twelve steps can be the name of classes for group therapies with people who are ready to fight their addictions. They start with the first step and move to the last helping others on the way.
(originally found at Gamblers Anonymous)
The 12 step program is a fundamental and powerful way of overcoming compulsive gambling.