Who We Are

Who We Are:

Welcome to On-Line Gamers Anonymous®.

Our Mission Statement is: "On-Line Gamers Anonymous® is a fellowship of people sharing their experience, strengths and hope to help each other recover and heal from problems caused by video game addiction." 

On-Line Gamers Anonymous® was founded by Liz Woolley in May of 2002 after her son, Shawn, committed suicide as a direct result of being addicted to an on-line game.  Liz was soon joined by Ron Jaffe (Diggo McDiggity), a recovering gamer.  They supported each other as the fellowship grew.

The OLGA®/OLG-Anon Recovery Fellowship, a division of OLGA®/OLG-Anon (On-Line Gamers Anonymous®) World Services, Inc. is dedicated to offering support to addicted gamers and their families so they can heal and recover from the problems caused by the newest "drug of choice", excessive video game playing.  

In July of 2009, OLGA®/OLG-Anon (On-Line Gamers Anonymous) World Services, Inc. obtained the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit corporate status. All donations are tax deductible.  To make a donation to our community, please Donate Here. Without your support, we will not be here.  

At the request of our members, the Outreach division was formed in 2014.  It is a public service division that assists in in educating people on the dangers of excessive game playing and establishing face-to-face recovery groups around the world.  

OLGA®/OLG-Anon is staffed by by many people, who at one time or another have considered themselves excessive gamers or have had their lives directly affected by an excessive gamer:  

Liz Woolley                          Founder
Ron Jaffe (Diggo McDiggity) Co-Founder, Grandparent
Tommi                                 Administrator
Silvertabby                           Administrator
Polga                                   Administrator
Gamersm                             Administrator  
Solei                                    Administrator
Wilbur (admin)                     Webmaster

These volunteers are giving their time to maintain the website and moderate the discussion board in an administrative capacity.   More detailed information about our staff can be found on the Meet Our Staff page. Additional volunteers serve as moderators of the discussion board, monitoring posts and helping guide the topics of discussion, as well as helping develop the content for our recovery programs.

How We Work:

We offer many tools here. Our role is passive, meaning that we do not seek out those who are in need of help. Those who have come to us seeking help with their challenges or who are simply seeking haven, come and go at their discretion. There are currently no dues or any other requirements or commitments, other than a commitment for the individuals to be honest with themselves and the persons with whom they interact. Now that we have our 501(c)(3) status, we will soon begin collecting donations and conducting other fund raisers, from within our membership, to help fund this organization.

What We Believe:

The religious and spiritual views of OLGA®/OLG-Anon's volunteers are quite diverse, covering a broad range of perspectives. Therefore, we neither claim nor espouse any particular religious view. In this way, we hope to be able to accommodate and help anyone, despite his particular belief. OLGA®/OLG-Anon does not believe that ALL games are inherently bad or evil. We do know, however, that some of the game manufacturers are quite aware of the problems that many of their customers are having with trying to play these games responsibly. It is therefore our belief and intent to someday work closely with the game manufacturers themselves to promote responsible gameplay, while at the same time, supporting their continued development of immersive and fun on-line gaming environments.

Short Term Goals:

We have new short terms goals. The most important is to assist in developing chapters throughout the world. These chapters will assist in getting real face-to-face meetings started. We also continue to provide an extensive list of professional resources for those who want or need help beyond what we can provide, and to continue developing OLGA®/OLG-Anon's on-line web presence.

Long Term Goals:

Our long term goals, include a range of resources including face-to-face and on-line meetings, a library of on-line resources as they relate to excessive gaming problems, professional therapists references who will be able to deal with individuals directly and also various meetings around the country and the world, led by those who have a sincere desire to help those in need. This document will change with some frequency as we develop our course materials, our website and our staff. OLGA®/OLG-Anon contacts: Elizabeth Woolley, Founder On-Line Gamers Anonymous World Services, 104 Miller Ln, Harrisburg, PA United States Hot Line: (612) 245-1115 eMail: olga@olganon.org

For more information, you may also want to consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Our News forum.

Thank you for visiting.

Sincerely,

Liz Woolley
Founder of On-Line Gamers Anonymous®

Last updated: February 10, 2015