This is a fellowship of people who want to recover from the negative effects of compulsive out-of-control video gaming. We share stories, experiences, hopes and a willingness to stop playing computer or video games. Instead of endlessly staring at a screen in solitude, we focus on developing ourselves, trying new things, understanding our addiction, and helping others in their recovery.
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 explore the resources and suggestions of Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous, 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. The single purpose is to abstain from video gaming and to help others find freedom from compulsive gaming.
C.G.A.A. groups share their collective experience and the principles that helped them, but 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.
The meetup is led by our own members and does not provide any medical services or therapy. As gaming technology advances and becomes ever more accessible, the problem of compulsive gaming is sure to grow. We hope to provide a bulwark of support for the incoming flux of people needing groups like these.