Twelve Steps and Prinicples of OLGA

A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion or other behavioral problems. These twelve steps and principles are steps for all members of On-Line Gamers Anonymous to use to recover and to live by. We can recognize and overcome excessive gaming issues by using the twelve steps and/or principles in our lives. The blue link in front of each step takes you to a more in-depth explanation of the step, with suggestions of how to use them in your 'real' life. 

Step 1.  We admitted we were powerless over gaming, and that our lives have become unmanageable. 
             
Principles - Honesty and Acceptance

Step 2.  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 
              Principle - Hope 

Step 3.  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. 
              Principle - Faith

Step 4.  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 
             Principles - Action and Courage  

Step 5.  Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 
              Principle - Integrity

Step 6.  Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 
             Principle - Willingness  

Step 7.  Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. 
              Principle - Humility

Step 8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 
              Principle - Brotherly love

Step 9.  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 
              Principle - Justice

Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 
               Principle - Perseverance

Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God,
               praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out. 
               Principle - Spirituality

Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we carried this message to others who
               game excessively and practiced these principles in all our affairs. 
               Principle - Service

Read and share your own personal stories about the steps here: 12 Steps and Principles of OLGA Forum

THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ("AAWS").  Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with the O.L.G.A. program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of A.A.'s Steps or an adapted version in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.