Posted on: Sun, 11/03/2002 - 8:37pm
Posted by Aryianna
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our game addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable
Principles - Honesty and Acceptance
This step states the membership requirement of O.L.G.A. We use gaming to avoid our pain.
We live in a fantasy world.
We cannot cope with our real life.
Our denial kept us from seeing how powerless and unmanageable our lives had become.
We must admit that our lives are disturbed. We must accept the fact that we are helpless before the power of gaming. We must admit that we are licked as far as gaming is concerned and that we need help. We must be willing to accept the bitter fact that we cannot game like other people. And we must make, as gracefully as possible, surrender to the inevitable fact that we must stop gaming. Is it difficult for me to admit that I am different from "social" gamers?
There are two parts to this step: powerlessness and unmanageability.
Powerless over our separation from our spiritual base, we use gaming to fill the void caused by that separation
Have you found yourself unable to control your online gaming?A Did you feel that you had no power to put limitations on the amount of time you spent playing?A Do you find yourself spending time in the game, even though you don't want to?A Do you find you don't have the willpower to stop playing?
Has your life become unmanageable as a result of online game addiction?A Is your life out of control?A Are there areas of responsibilities that you've been neglecting as a result of playing online games?
Recovery starts by surrendering and by admitting that there is something wrong. Not everyone who plays on-line games are addicts, but those who are addicts are the ones who have lost control -- have experienced powerlessness and unmanageability.
We had to stop fighting a Higher Power, ourselves and others.
Members, feel free to share your experience, strength and hope on this subject by replying to this thread.
Some of you have asked that I start off the discussion, since you really don't know how to go about sharing or what to share, so here goes.
Powerlessness as it related to my gaming meant that I was unable to log off at times that I had set for myself. A Often I would end up playing past 4:00 a.m. and had to get up around 8:30 a.m. to be at work. A Now I can't tell you whether it was the game or the guy who's part of my story (some of you know my drama story) that kept me logged on that long, but the point I'm trying to make is that at times I had no control over how long I would stay in the game.
As a result of my powerlessness (to control how long I would stay logged), my life had become unmanageable. To this day, I still have a stack of mail that I need to get through and sort. I had neglected bills, returning phone calls, going out with friends, appointments with friends for the game.
It's important for me to see my lack of control and the resulting unmanageability that followed in my life. By admitting both, I am able to do something about my problem.
Okay, your turn!