|Program of recovery||The Twelve Steps||The Twelve Traditions|
|The basics||Sponsorship||Useful slogans|
The C.G.A.A. program presents an array of tools, including meetings, a network of mutual support, sharing experience, strength and hope, sponsorship, service work, useful literature, helpful slogans, avoiding temptations, recognition of game-free time, and the Twelve Steps. Each member is free to choose which tools he or she is ready to try, at his or her own pace, with no coercive pressure from others.
Our group meetings and our literature provide much guidance on recovery principles and practices. Here, we summarize a few foundational pieces to start you off in a solid place.
We have been asked, “What counts as gaming? Does playing chess on a computer count? Does playing a board or card game that is similar or related to a video game count? Does watching a gaming video count as a lapse back into gaming?”
Because of the variety of ways our members experience their addiction, CGAA has no formal definition as to what constitutes computer or video gaming, but we have found some common threads in our collective experience. Based on this experience, we strongly encourage the avoidance of all continuously interactive forms of electronic entertainment (often referred to as “games”). Whether the game is primitive or complex and whether the device is new or old don’t seem to make a difference. Any game on any platform seems to inevitably restart the destructive cycle of our addiction. In addition to this, we encourage you to be very cautious about watching gaming videos or watching others play, as such activities frequently lead us back to playing games ourselves.
Lastly, we also encourage an honest discussion with others in the program about your boundaries, and in any and all cases about which you are uncertain, as we find that while our addiction thrives in secrecy, it weakens when we honestly expose the truth about our behaviors to our fellow recovering gaming addicts.
We have been asked, “Is CGAA a Twelve Step program?”
If “Twelve Step program” is defined as a program that provides the 12 Steps as one of many tools, the answer is “Yes.” If defined as a program where all members work and advocate the steps, or where the steps are presented as the only tool for recovery, or where members are expected or required to work the steps, the answer is a clear “No.” We have no rules or requirements, beyond the simple desire to stop gaming.