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12 Steps

The Twelve Steps are a treatment for the mental condition of addiction. They were adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The C.G.A.A. fellowship places a high value on respect for all of the many various spiritual, philosophical and religious beliefs and have worded our steps in a general way that can be easily used by anyone seeking recovery from compulsive gaming.

For those whose attempts to effectively moderate their gaming have failed, we have a suggested program of recovery involving spiritual principles for a new way of living. Many of us have tried to recover without following these suggestions, without success. Those of us who have tried this approach have consistently found remarkable progress toward the people we were meant to be.

Some of these steps sound difficult, perhaps impossible, at this point. All we needed to start work in this program was some honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. If you have these, you will be able to begin, one step at a time. We strongly suggest seeking the help of an experienced sponsor. None of us has been able to live perfectly by the principles set forth here. We seek progress, not perfection, one day at a time.

Here are the steps we have taken, which are suggested in our program of recovery:

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over gaming addiction, and that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. We came to believe that power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of such power.

  4. We made a searching and fearless personal inventory of ourselves.

  5. We admitted to ourselves, another human being, and power greater than ourselves the exact nature of our problematic behavior and attitudes.

  6. We were entirely ready to have power greater than ourselves completely free us of all these defects of character.

  7. We humbly sought from higher power the removal of our shortcomings.

  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  11. We sought through practices such as meditation and prayer to improve our conscious contact with power greater than ourselves, seeking only knowledge of what to do and the strength to do so.

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to gaming addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 Steps are explained in detail in our Basic Text, which will become available in 2022.