Note that their byline does not say that a person suffering FROM a gambling problem, which suggests an outside force; as though a gambler is dealing with a persistent bug problem. It does not say WITH, which suggests an internal issue, as though gambling addictions are tumors that cannot be removed without invasive surgery. GamCare’s tagline says “suffering THROUGH”. This is because gambling problems, like nearly everything else in life, are something that a person is dealing with in the present but is perpetually moving through- towards the greater goal of no longer suffering. It is akin to saying that gambling problems are a rough patch in life’s road that one can (and will) eventually pass by.
Life’s travels are filled with many ups and downs, and while gambling itself may provide entertainment, fun, and occasionally extra cash- the true signs of an ‘up’ point in life- it can also become consuming and detrimental to the player, resulting in the dip for the worse. This is nothing to be ashamed of, or deny. Gambling has its pros and cons like everything else. What’s important to note is that, if it becomes problematic or wreaks negative consequences on a person’s life, it needs to be addressed.
The great thing about Gamcare.org is that they do not judge, nor do they condemn the sport of gambling altogether, as other gambling support groups often do. The idea is to get your life back on track so that gambling can be a fun recreation, a hobby, rather than a driving compulsion that you have difficulty controlling. “GamCare does not wish to restrict the choices or opportunities for anyone to operate, or take part in, gambling activities that are legally available”.
They run and operate a forum, offer online help, and have a free phone number for gamblers living in the U.S. If you suspect that you or anyone you know may be suffering through a gambling problem, contact this organization today. Your identity will be completely confidential. Even if you aren’t sure that what you’re dealing with is a problem yet, Gamcare counselors can steer you down the right path so that it never becomes an issue.