How to start a group

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How to start a group

For the well-known recovery fellowships like AA, NA, and OA, starting a group is usually as simple as picking a meeting place and time, putting them in a meeting list, and then waiting for others to show up. Not so for newer smaller fellowships.

Before you have any need of a meeting space, you need two or more recovering local members who will support the new meeting together. The way to build fellowship is to begin finding local people in need of recovery from gaming addiction. There are many such people in every town and city, floundering in halfhearted attempts to fight addiction and moderate their gaming. Over time, they will inevitably run into trouble of one kind or another and come into contact with marriage counselors, student counselors, psychologists, therapists, ministers, doctors, or unemployment agencies. The way to maximize our chances of meeting our local fellows sufferers is to let these professionals know that a fellowship for overcoming excessive gaming exists and how to contact us.

We suggest making contact with your local professionals, starting perhaps with ones you already know. Print copies of the Info for Professionals pamphlet to distribute, along with ways to contact you. You may or may not feel safe giving out your phone number. We suggest giving your first name only along with an email address, perhaps one that you create specifically for this purpose, and either checking the email frequently for responses or having them forwarded to your main email account. Newcomers might also reach you through the List of local groups on this website, if you have added your contact email to it.

When you arrange to meet up with a new person, you might consider bringing along a friend, preferably one in C.G.A.A or another recovery fellowship. In our Basic Text, read the section on working with newcomers for a workable approach of sharing experience and offering help to a new prospect.

You will undoubtedly hit it off with some folks and not with others. For those who feel unsafe, take care to set healthy boundaries for yourself. For those who quickly become new friends, you will find strength, encouragement, and accountability in your recovery. We gain so much from them, much more than we seem to give, as we relate to each other’s stories and learn from each other’s successes. Together, you and your new friends will more easily shoulder the task of building a local fellowship and starting meetings. As the group grows stronger, so too does its individual members.