Compulsive internet use

CGAA is for people who have had problems with excessive, compulsive video gaming. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gaming. If you want to not game or if you think you might have a gaming problem, you are welcome to participate in our meetings regardless of anything else.

Some people have a larger persistent problem with excessive, compulsive use of the internet and technology in general, of which gaming is only one part. If you want to stop compulsive internet/tech use and therefore want to stop gaming, you are welcome at CGAA meetings and as a CGAA member. Please be aware that the primary purpose of a CGAA meeting is to stop video gaming and help others do the same. While our members might mention struggles with internet or technology, it is not the purpose of meetings to help with abstinence from or moderation of internet/tech use. Extensive talk about other compulsions or addictions can detract from the meeting’s goal of helping people with gaming addiction.

We want to be careful not to imply that everyone who uses the internet too much has a second addiction that requires another recovery fellowship. The majority of CGAA members have noticed that, once they stopped gaming, they used other forms of screens, technology, and internet too much. The obsessive energy and thinking of active addiction do not disappear overnight. At first, they find other outlets. With time, recovery work, and healing, our obsessive energy settles down and we begin making healthier choices. Most of us find that our excessive use of screens was a temporary crutch.

But some of us find that it is a consistent problem that grows out of control and debilitates us. If you are in this latter group, you might find help in the meetings of Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous. CGAA is not affiliated with ITAA and does not endorse it, but some people find it helpful to participate in both fellowships. The website of ITAA is at http://internetaddictsanonymous.org. Be aware that similar websites exist that are inactive or misleading advertisements for rehabs.