The history of our fellowship of gaming addicts in recovery goes back several years. Our 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 our fellowship have found success by using the principles and methods of other recovery fellowships in our efforts to halt our obsessive compulsive gaming. Some members have abstained from gaming completely for years. The more that we shared and learned from each other, the more surely convinced we became of our addiction and the effectiveness of recovery principles in treating it.
While our little fellowship has grown and thrived at times, we have also lost many of our members, sometimes in droves. We 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. The members of our fellowship have often disappeared as quickly as they have come, sometimes as individuals, sometimes in disgruntled groups. A leading cause has been controversies arising from operating outside the Twelve Traditions. Our size in 2014, after more than a decade of existence, was still not much larger than when it started.
We saw that we could not allow the cycles of growth and disintegration to continue year after year. At some point we would have to adopt the guiding principles that made it possible for the large recovery fellowships to unite, thrive and grow into millions of members around the globe. We decided to fully embrace the Twelve Traditions, which guided us to free our fellowship of ties to other causes. Our recovery fellowship needed to stand on its own, with its own service organization, main guiding purpose, name, resources, literature and website. We chose the name Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous.
Our single purpose is to carry the message of hope and recovery to fellow sufferers. We are committed to learning from the past mistakes of our own and other recovery fellowships, and are taking very seriously the Traditions, service structure bylaws and principles that have guided AA and NA to unity, health and fantastic growth. At present time (as of 2019) our size remains small, but through the outreach efforts of our groups, website, forum and soon-to-be-published Basic Text for recovery from gaming addiction, we expect major growth. We are forming face-to-face groups in the major cities of the United States and in some other countries. Our aim is to help make available our message of recovery, helpful literature, and local support groups to gaming addicts everywhere.