A suggested meeting format

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A suggested meeting format

  • Opening affirmation or prayer. (Most recovery meetings begin and end with a prayer, as important reminders to ground ourselves in our best intentions and to remain open to spiritual solutions. We suggest using prayers or affirmations that are as inclusive as possible, ones that are not specific to a particular religion or set of beliefs. C.G.A.A. groups are not affiliated with any religion and are open to all who seek recovery from gaming addiction, regardless of personal beliefs on religion or spirituality.)
  • Statement of what C.G.A.A is and is not. 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 gaming and to help others find freedom from the effects of gaming addiction. We have no membership requirements beyond the desire to stop gaming. 

    Our groups share their collective experience and the principles that helped them. Each of us is free to try out or disregard the suggestions of the program and other members. 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.

  • Description of the meeting format. (Does the chair qualify before the discussion? Do people share round-robin, as chosen by the chair, or free style?)
  • Our single purpose.  We ask everyone to confine our discussion to recovery from gaming addiction. We share experience, strength and hope, and refrain from cross-talk and advising. Please keep shares brief enough to allow everyone a chance to participate.
  • Welcome newcomers. Is there anyone new here today? Welcome! We are glad you are here.
  • Seventh Tradition collection. The Seventh Tradition states, “Every C.G.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” There are no dues or fees in C.G.A.A. but we do have expenses. The money we collect pays for things like rent and literature.
  • Optional: The chairperson briefly qualifies by sharing a bit of personal history with gaming and recovery.
  • Optional: A reading from recovery literature. (C.G.A.A. approved literature is recommended. See the Literature section.)
  • Discussion topic. The chairperson suggests or asks for a topic. If newcomers are present, the topic of Step One is appropriate.
  • Discussion. One person shares at a time. The chairperson might speak up to discourage cross-talk or to bring the discussion back to recovery from gaming addiction.
  • Anonymity reminder. Who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.
  • Closing affirmation or prayer