What Is Gamblers Anonymous?
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
There is no need to feel nervous or apprehensive about attending a Gamblers Anonymous meeting where you will be welcomed by everyone. Most people express a huge relief after attending their first meeting and realising there are other people who have suffered similar experiences.
What Happens Inside A GA Meeting?
At a GA meeting you can talk to people who have been or are in your position and you can expect to receive support, help, advice and confidentiality. What is said within the meeting stays within the meeting.
A friendly meeting together of men and women, young and old who have a desire to stop gambling. No questions about who they are, no professionals or do-gooders. No cross-examinations. Absolutely no religious connections. No entrance fees.
如果你承認賭博失去控製而且希望戒賭，那麼你自動就成為互助會的一員！你不需提供個人信息，也不會被要求繳費。戒賭者互助會完全靠自願捐獻來支持 – 新會員第一次參加聚會無需捐獻。
If you admit you gamble out of control and that you want to stop then you are automatically a member! No personal details and no fees requested. GA is totally self-supporting from voluntary collections – nothing from the new member on their first night.
One of the members is the chairperson for the evening; he or she invites those who wish, to speak about their life while gambling and since stopping gambling. The speaker is not interrupted.
互助會的支柱是“戒賭12階段” – 戒掉賭博並過一個正常人生的簡單指南，會員可以隨意對此指南加以利用或理解。
The backbone is the “12 step programme”. A simple guide to living a normal life without gambling which can be used or interpreted in any way the member chooses.
“戒賭者互助會能夠幫助所有希望得到幫助的人” – 你試著參加一次聚會，就會知道是它怎樣的了。
“Gamblers Anonymous works for the man or woman who wants it to ” – try just one visit to find out for yourself.
How Often Are Meetings Held?
Meetings are in the same place every week at the same time, simply turn up. Remember, the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.
What is compulsive gambling?
Compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in its nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.
Before coming to Gamblers Anonymous, many compulsive gamblers thought of themselves as morally weak, or at times just plain ‘no good’. The Gamblers Anonymous concept is that compulsive gamblers are really very sick people who can recover if they will follow to the best of their ability a simple program that has proved successful for thousands of other men and women with a gambling or compulsive gambling problem.
What is the first thing a compulsive gambler ought to do in order to stop gambling?
The compulsive gambler needs to be willing to accept the fact that he or she is in the grip of a progressive illness and has a desire to get well. Our experience has shown that the Gamblers Anonymous program will always work for any person who has a desire to stop gambling. However, it will never work for the person who will not face squarely the facts about this illness.
How can you tell whether you are a compulsive gambler?
Only you can make that decision. Most people turn to Gamblers Anonymous when they become willing to admit that gambling has defeated them. Also in Gamblers Anonymous, a compulsive gambler is described as a person whose gambling has caused growing and continuing problems in any department of his or her life.
Many Gamblers Anonymous members went through terrifying experiences before they were ready to accept help. Others were faced with a slow, subtle deterioration which finally brought them to the point of admitting defeat.
How does someone stop gambling through the Gamblers Anonymous Program?
一個人能戒賭是經過他（她）自己個性上不斷地更新突破改變。只要有信心，並照著戒賭者互助會所持的基本信念 – 戒賭12 階段和共同理念去做，一定能成功戒賭。
One does this through bringing about a progressive character change within oneself. This can be accomplished by having faith in — and following — the basic concepts of the Gamblers Anonymous 12 Steps Recovery and Unity Programs.
There are no short cuts in gaining this faith and understanding. To recover from one of the most baffling, insidious, compulsive addictions will require diligent effort. HONESTY, OPENMINDEDNESS, and WILLINGNESS are the key words in our recovery.
Is knowing why we gambled important?
Perhaps, however insofar as stopping gambling, many Gamblers Anonymous members have abstained from gambling without the knowledge of why they gambled.
What are some characteristics of a person who is a compulsive gambler?
- 不能夠也不願意麵對現實。所以逃避到賭博的幻想世界裡。 INABILITY AND UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT REALITY. Hence the escape into the dream world of gambling.
EMOTIONAL INSECURITY. A compulsive gambler finds he or she is emotionally comfortable only when “in action”. It is not uncommon to hear a Gamblers Anonymous member say: “The only time I felt like I belonged was when I was gambling. Then I felt secure and comfortable. No great demands were made upon me. I knew I was destroying myself, yet at the same time, I had a certain sense of security”.
IMMATURITY. A desire to have all the good things in life without any great effort on their part seems the common character pattern of problem gamblers. Many Gamblers Anonymous members accept the fact that they were unwilling to grow up. Subconsciously they felt they could avoid mature responsibility by wagering on the spin of a wheel or the turn of a card, and so the struggle to escape responsibility finally became a subconscious obsession. Also, a compulsive gambler seems to have a strong inner urge to be a ‘big shot’ and needs to have a feeling of being all powerful. The compulsive gambler is willing to do anything (often of an antisocial nature) to maintain the image he or she wants others to see. Then too, there is a theory that compulsive gamblers subconsciously want to lose to punish themselves. There is much evidence to support this theory.
What is the dream world of the compulsive gambler?
This is another common characteristic of compulsive gamblers. A lot of time is spent creating images of the great and wonderful things they are going to do as soon as they make the big win. They often see themselves as quite philanthropic and charming people. They may dream of providing families and friends with new cars, mink coats, and other luxuries. Compulsive gamblers picture themselves leading a pleasant gracious life, made possible by the huge sums of money they will accrue from their ‘system’. Servants, penthouses, nice clothes, charming friends, yachts, and world tours are a few of the wonderful things that are just around the corner after a big win is finally made.
Pathetically, however, there never seems to be a big enough winning to make even the smallest dream come true. When compulsive gamblers succeed, they gamble to dream still greater dreams. When failing, they gamble in reckless desperation and the depths of their misery are fathomless as their dream world comes crashing down. Sadly, they will struggle back, dream more dreams, and of course suffer more misery. No one can convince them that their great schemes will not someday come true. They believe they will, for without this dream world, life for them would not be tolerable.
Isn’t compulsive gambling basically a financial problem?
No, compulsive gambling is an emotional problem. A person in the grip of this illness creates mountains of apparently insolvable problems. Of course, financial problems are created, but they also find themselves facing marital, employment, or legal problems. Compulsive gamblers find friends have been lost and relatives have rejected them. Of the many serious difficulties created, the financial problems seem the easiest to solve. When a compulsive gambler enters Gamblers Anonymous and quits gambling, income is usually increased and there is no longer the financial drain that was caused by gambling, and very shortly, the financial pressures begin to be relieved. Gamblers Anonymous members have found that the best road to financial recovery is through hard work and repayment of our debts. Bankruptcy, borrowing and/or lending of money (bail outs) in Gamblers Anonymous is detrimental to our recovery and should not take place.
戒賭者所面對的最苦難也最花時間的問題就是自己個性上的改變。許多戒賭者互助會會員視此為最大的挑戰。也是每個人馬上該做的，一生都要努力的。The most difficult and time consuming problem with which they will be faced is that of bringing about a character change within themselves. Most Gamblers Anonymous members look upon this as their greatest challenge, which should be worked on immediately and continued throughout their lives.
Why can’t a compulsive gambler simply use willpower to stop gambling?
We believe that most people, if they are honest, will recognize their lack of power to solve certain problems. When it comes to gambling, we have known many problem gamblers who could abstain for long stretches, but caught off guard and under the right set of circumstances, they started gambling without thought of the consequences. The defenses they relied upon, through will power alone, gave way before some trivial reason for placing a bet. We have found that will power and self-knowledge will not help in those mental blank spots, but adherence to spiritual principles seem to solve our problems. Most of us feel that a belief in a Power greater than ourselves is necessary in order for us to sustain a desire to refrain from gambling.
Can a compulsive gambler ever gamble normally again?
No. The first bet to a problem gambler is like the first drink to an alcoholic. Sooner or later he or she falls back into the same old destructive pattern.
當一個人跨越那無形的界限，進入那不負責任又無法控制的賭博時，他（她）已經永遠不能再控制賭博了。一些戒賭者互助會會員在戒賭幾個月後 ，又去小賭試試運氣，總是得到相同悲慘的結果 – 無可避免地賭癮又回來了。
Once a person has crossed the invisible line into irresponsible uncontrolled gambling he or she never seems to regain control. After abstaining a few months some of our members have tried some small bet experimentation, always with disastrous results. The old obsession inevitably returned.
Our Gamblers Anonymous experience seems to point to these alternatives: to gamble, risking progressive deterioration or not to gamble, and develop a better way of life.
難道說我甚至連小小幾分錢的賭博遊戲或是世界賭杯賭輸贏都不能玩嗎？Does this mean I can’t even participate in a little penny game or a pool wager?
It means exactly that. A stand has to be made somewhere and Gamblers Anonymous members have found the first bet is the one to avoid, even though it may be as little as matching for a cup of coffee. This includes Internet gambling, the stock market, commodities, options, buying or playing lottery tickets, raffle tickets, flipping a coin or entering the office sport pool.
I only go on gambling binges periodically. Do I need Gamblers Anonymous?
Yes. Compulsive gamblers who have joined Gamblers Anonymous tell us that, though their gambling binges were periodic, the intervals between were not periods of constructive thinking. Symptomatic of these periods were nervousness, irritability, frustration, indecision and a continued breakdown in personal relationships. These same people have often found the Gamblers Anonymous program the answer to the elimination of character defects and a guide to moral progress in their lives.
賭博的定義 Definition of Gambling
賭博，對上癮的賭徒定義如下：GAMBLING, for the compulsive gambler is defined as follows:
任何下賭注或打賭，不論是為自己或別人，不論是為金錢與否，也不論是多小或微不足道，只要結果是不確定的，或要靠運氣或“技巧”決定，都是賭博。Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or ‘skill’ constitutes gambling.