Meeting Types

Gamblers Anonymous England, Wales and Ulster

Meeting types

No appointment is needed to attend a meeting: just turn up

Meetings are the most important part of Gamblers Anonymous
The most common meetings for compulsive gamblers are the main meetings.


Main Meetings - These meetings are where compulsive gamblers sit together and help each other through the difficulties of compulsive gambling. There are no counsellors or professionals, just compulsive gamblers.

Women-Preferred Meetings - Any compulsive gambler may attend these meetings, but they are more suitable for women.

Newcomers Meetings - These meetings are ideal if you are new to stopping gambling. They are the same as main meetings, but more focussed towards newcomers.

Steps Meetings - These meetings are better-suited for those who have abstained from gambling for some time. They are focussed on the Twelve Steps of Recovery.

Mixed Meetings - These meetings are the same as main meetings, but family members and friends are welcome.

Open Meetings - Most Groups hold at least one open meeting each year. These are where compulsive gamblers gather with their friends and families to receive recognition for abstaining from gambling for a number of years. These are fantastic, emotional meetings, not to be missed.

Gam-Anon Meetings - These meetings are specifically for the friends and families of compulsive gamblers. Not all Groups have a Gam-Anon meeting, but you can find out which ones do here: Gam-Anon UK & Ireland >>

Find a meeting

We have meetings all over the England, Wales and Ulster. Find one closest to you.