This is a fellowship for people who want to recover from computer gaming addiction, also known as video game or electronic addiction. We share stories and experiences, hoping that we develop the willpower to stop playing computer and video games. Instead of sitting in front of the computer, mobile device, or console in solitude, we focus on developing ourselves, trying new things, understanding our addiction and helping others in their recovery. We are currently formulating a program that deals with recovery, primarily on the 12-step addiction recovery program.
This group is mainly for informational purposes. You DO NOT have to be a member of Meetup, this group, or RSVP in order to attend. You can just show up.
We were originally brought together by, and are encouraged to meet by Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous (cgaa.info).
From their website:
"Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing. C.G.A.A. is not affiliated with any political agenda, religion, or outside interests. Our single purpose is to abstain from video gaming and to help others find freedom from compulsive gaming.
Our groups share their collective experience and the principles that helped them, but C.G.A.A. has no dogma, no teachings, no gurus, and no rules. We have no membership requirements beyond the simple desire to stop video gaming. We welcome all who wish to recover from the destructive effects of obsessive compulsive gaming.
Our members generally do not advise each other. We share personal experience, strength and hope, and are free to try out or disregard the suggestions of the program and other members. Our members use a variety of tools, including a Twelve Step program of recovery.
Our program of recovery is not religious. It does require finding helpful sources of strength and support and following healthy principles, and each of us is free to choose our own path. Some members use only the fellowship for support and guidance. Some use their religion as their path. Others will choose non-religious spiritual disciplines. Some will use the strength of friendship and simple principles like honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. Some will also seek the support of counselors and other professionals.
Our meetings are run entirely by recovering members who volunteer their time in the spirit of service. We have no professionals and no affiliation with any professional or government services. Our groups are financed by voluntary contributions from members and accept no outside funding."
We are led by normal, everyday people and do not provide any medical services or therapy. We are, however, open to any and all advice from those in the addictive medicine and behavioral addiction sectors. Computer gaming addiction is bound to grow more and more as more people grow up with gaming. We hope to provide a bulwark of support in the no doubt incoming flux of people needing groups like these.
Additionally, our fellowship also supports individuals who wish to recover from the problems resulting from excessive internet and technology use.
As of last year, we agreed that ITAA could be recombined with CGAA with CGAA being the main body. ITAA may split off later if the number of people increases to a critical mass.