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. Their single purpose is to abstain from video gaming and to help others find freedom from compulsive gaming.
Their 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. They have no membership requirements beyond the simple desire to stop video gaming. They welcome all who wish to recover from the destructive effects of obsessive compulsive gaming.
Their members generally do not advise each other. They share personal experience, strength and hope, and are free to try out or disregard the suggestions of the program and other members. Their members use a variety of tools, including a Twelve Step program of recovery.
Their program of recovery is not religious. It does require finding helpful sources of strength and support and following healthy principles, and each of them is free to choose their 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.
Their meetings are run entirely by recovering members who volunteer their time in the spirit of service. They have no professionals and no affiliation with any professional or government services. Their groups are financed by voluntary contributions from members and accept no outside funding.
The history of the fellowship of gaming addicts in recovery goes back several years. Their earliest members met through the online forums of the website olganon.org. The website provides much information, news articles, and references to professionals regarding online gaming addiction. Its owner, Liz Woolley, has worked to raise awareness in the media and among professionals, as well as provided a chat room for holding online meetings and forums for discussion.
In the years since, many individuals in their fellowship have found success by using the principles and methods of other recovery fellowships in their efforts to halt our obsessive compulsive gaming. Some members have abstained from gaming completely for years. The more that they shared and learned from each other, the more surely convinced they became of their addiction and the effectiveness of recovery principles in treating it.
While their little fellowship has grown and thrived at times, they have also lost many of our members, sometimes in droves. They have repeatedly experienced firsthand the controversy and problems that plagued other recovery fellowships like AA and NA in their early days. Those fellowships learned that they must have a singleness of purpose in carrying the message of recovery to others, no affiliation with other organizations, no opinions on outside issues, anonymity in the press, no funding from the outside, and no organization of the fellowship (other than a separate service structure of volunteers handling literature and inquiries.) The lessons learned were set down by AA’s co-founder as the Twelve Traditions.
CGAA offers face to face meetings, online meetings and discussion forums. Their online meetings use Zoom or Mumble.