The 12 Steps Programs: Gamblers Anonymous
There are many different fellowships that have adopted the 12 Steps philosophy that was invented for Alcoholics Anonymous. One of them is Gamblers Anonymous.
Gamblers Anonymous was probably in the first self-help groups who employed the 12 steps program. It was founded in Los Angele on September 13th, 1957. In 1958, Gam-Anon was created for family members and friends of gamblers. Gam-A-Teen (for teenagers who have been affected by gamblers), Gam-Anon and Gamblers Anonymous actually cooperate to help as many people as possible.
One of the main things in the fellowship is that they really encourage its members in being very honest. Although the 12 steps group has a lot of members and a lot of meetings, some have critiqued the efficiency of the program. It has been said that the actual program of Gamblers Anonymous works better with those that have a very serious gambling problem. Statistics show that the members who have a light gambling problem are less likely to stay with the fellowship.
Nowadays, there are over 1,000 meetings in the United States. There are also a lot of meetings in the UK, in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Kenya, Uganda, Korea and even Japan. So it is obvious that Gamblers Anonymous has absolutely spread all over the world. They have since continued to help a lot of people with their gambling problems.