Shared experiences can be powerful, especially for those struggling with addiction. Online or in-person support groups, such as Gamblers Anonymous, give problem gamblers the chance to talk with and learn from each other.
Attending peer support groups provide opportunities to:
Support group members can share their experiences with others who have faced or are facing similar challenges and understand the impacts of problem gambling. This may make members more comfortable sharing. Opening up to family and friends can be difficult, due to perceived or actual feelings of frustration and judgment.
Listen and learn
Hearing other problem gamblers discuss their ups and downs on the way to recovery can be illuminating and inspiring. Members may learn new coping strategies, find renewed motivation, or simply realize they are not alone on their recovery journey.
Offer and receive friendly accountability
Together, support group members can help each other continue to make progress or get back on track following a setback. Playing a role in someone else’s recovery can be a meaningful experience.
While there are numerous benefits of support groups, the Mayo Clinic advises that there are also risks. Additionally, it’s important to remember that all support groups are not for everyone and that these groups don’t provide the same benefits as counseling or therapy services.
To find peer support groups near you, use the Ohio Problem Gambling Online Resource Directory.