Feelings of shame and loneliness plague people who are struggling with addiction. These feelings not only intensify the emotional distress of a gambling addiction but also often prevent gambling addicts from seeking help.
When struggling with disordered gambling, you may convince yourself that even if you admitted your addiction to someone else, they wouldn’t understand what you’ve been through, and would certainly judge you harshly for it. You might be afraid that your loved ones will abandon you entirely once they learn of your addiction. Perhaps you’re convinced that addiction is something that happens only to “other” people—so how could it be happening to you?
These conceptions simply aren’t true. Regular people throughout New Jersey struggle with problem gambling. From AC to Freehold, Marlboro Township to Monmouth, thousands of men and women deal with the ups and downs of this “invisible addiction.” However, many of them have also begun their recovery journey thanks to their attendance at Gamblers Anonymous meetings throughout the state, including Marlboro Township, Monmouth, AC, Freehold, and many other locations.
Gamblers Anonymous provides hope and a safe, supportive community of other people who do, in fact, know what you are going through. This fellowship group believes that disordered gambling is an illness, and treats it as such. Instead of shame and isolation, you’ll find only compassion and encouragement at any of these meetings. The men and women who attend meetings in their hometowns each week help each other to break the stigma around problem gambling by sharing their experiences, listening to each other, and offering strength. Through a twelve-step program of recovery, Gamblers Anonymous meetings empower members to stop gambling and start living.
It is never too late to begin your journey of recovery. Each step towards quitting gambling is a step towards your health, happiness, and financial stability. Enter your address or zip code below (or search by city) to find the Gamblers Anonymous meetings closest to you. To learn more about seeking gambling problem help, call or text 1-800-GAMBLER at any time of day or night.