Helpful existing fellowships and resources
There are some existing fellowships and resources that may be very helpful for family and friends of computer gaming addicts. They can provide clear guidance on dealing with addiction in general, on healing from its effects, and on how to go about building a recovery fellowship. Meetings are available in many places. Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and CoDA each has its own recovery literature.
- Olganon.org. This website provides information and resources on online gaming addiction, as well as forums and a chat room for discussing and meeting with others, supporting partners of compulsive gamers, parents of adult gamers, and parents of compulsively gaming children.
- Al-Anon. The Al-Anon fellowship has existed since 1951 for the family and friends of alcoholics. As the oldest and most well attended of the fellowships for family and friends, its members have a wide breadth and depth of experience to share on living with addicts and healing from the ill effects and dysfunctional patterns.
- Nar-Anon. The Nar-Anon fellowship has existed since 1968 for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction.
- CoDA. Co-Dependents Anonymous has existed since 1986 and is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.
C.G.A.A. support for a sister fellowship of family & friends
There exist some recovery fellowships for the family and friends of those dealing with addiction. For example, the Al-Anon fellowship is for the spouses, parents, children, and other family and friends of alcoholics (who may or may not be involved in Alcoholics Anonymous.) Nar-Anon exists for the family and friends of those addicted to any kind of drug.
There is great need for a fellowship of family and friends of gaming addicts. By sharing personal experience, strength and hope, lessons learned, and ways of healing from the effects of addiction on families and relationships in general, people so affected create a supportive healing environment for one another.
Our Traditions steer us away from affiliation with other groups, so we cannot as a fellowship endorse or take an active role in other fellowships, such as a parallel fellowship for the family and friends of computer gaming addicts. We intend to cooperate in that aim, however. Once some interested parties form a sister group or fellowship, we will gladly point people in their direction and post some basic information on our website.