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OLGA New York Chapter

We have a weekly meeting of Gaming Addicts on Sundays at 6:00 pm until 7 PM. It is spring again, so we are meeting in at Patriots Park in Sleepy Hollow (in Tarrytown, New York) unless in poor weather. 

When it rains we will be meeting at the DoubleTree which is located at 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Message gaming addict for more meeting information or reply to this thread.

Updated April 19 2015 by Hirshthg.

Every person is created with a Human Soul vested in his brain and an Animal Soul vested in his heart. The Human Soul wishes to tame and guide the Animal Soul to have purposeful emotions, and the Animal Soul desires to control the mind in order to further it's pleasure seeking. This struggle is constant. Our purpose in this world is for each of us to tame his/her beast. -The Tanya (a basic book of Kabbala)

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The NYC meeting is currently

The NYC meeting is currently suspended. If you are in the NYC area and would like to meet, call me at 651-343-8077

All are Welcome.

Held every Sunday at 3:00 P.M. in Manhattan.

We currently have our meetings outside of the "Borders" store at Madison Square Garden.

Madison Square Garden is at 34th St. Penn Station.

We are working on a more permanent location, but this is our meeting location for now.

For more information text Shmuly at 651-343-8077.

We hope to see you there!

Every person is created with a Human Soul vested in his brain and an Animal Soul vested in his heart. The Human Soul wishes to tame and guide the Animal Soul to have purposeful emotions, and the Animal Soul desires to control the mind in order to further it's pleasure seeking. This struggle is constant. Our purpose in this world is for each of us to tame his/her beast. -The Tanya (a basic book of Kabbala)

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if you are in the upstate

if you are in the upstate area pm me:)

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I live in New York City  

I live in New York City

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i am not sure in the NYC

i am not sure in the NYC meeting is still meeting, i would still like to meet with you, and shmully would too he he still in in town

gl hf:)

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It sounds like there is a

It sounds like there is a need for it. Start it back up?

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i am meeting up with one

i am meeting up with one member this Sunday 07/22/12 at 6:15 pm. upstate NY

if anyone else wants to drive up to join us please pm me

(if you can make it out of the city with all the bridge construction)

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um correction.... the place

um correction....

the place we are meeting is only a hour north of the city,

hence not really "upstate"

again, all are welcome to attend

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Hi, I just jointed OLGA

Hi, I just jointed OLGA today. I live near White Plains, Westchester County, NY. Any one knows psychiatrists specialized in computer gaming addiction in the area within an hour of drive? My 22 years old son really needs help. I'm also interest in the meetings and ways to bring my son to get help from this site and the meetings. Thanks.

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Welcome to OLGA, Mphoenix.

Welcome to OLGA, Mphoenix. I wish I knew a good therapist or psychiatrist, I could've used one myself. The meeting in White Plains right now consists of two people, and of course your son is very welcome to attend. However, if he's not convinced yet that he needs help, might it be easier to get him to browse this site, first? Read people's stories and see if anything resonates? There are recovering gamers here close to his age who he might want to talk to.

I wish you and your son all the best.

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Welcome to olga mpoenix, and

Welcome to olga mpoenix, and son.

Back when i was doing counseling for "my problems" no one had ever mentioned gaming addiction.

I was doing 8 hours a day, working and studying full time, getting 2 hours of sleep a night. this went on for months.

My therapists had these facts, but gaming addiction was just not a diagnosable illness.

Your son is welcome to come to the meeting if he so wishes.

I will warn you that addicts seem to have a very long rope before they realize that they truly need strong help, and then to take strong action.

If you want to location to the meeting this coming Sunday, 6pm email me on my olga email address here  or private message me.

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We meet tonight in white

We meet tonight in white plains at a star bucks, (i used my birthday free drink card, banana strawberry shake, it was very good).

Topic was powerlessness.

Not a fun place to be, but desperation is a necessity for people like us,

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We have been meeting in

We have been meeting in whiteplains for over 3 months now.

If you are in the area and want to join, please do:)

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Is this meeting still being

Is this meeting still being held, and if so are they still on sundays? I'm going to be home for a day or two in NJ and would love to try and get some face to face time with other OLGA members over the few days I have off from school :)

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This meeting in whiteplains

This meeting in whiteplains NY is still happening, at 6 pm

NYC I do not belive is meeting currently.

It would be good to get a chance to see you as well:)

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Sounds good Hirsh. I'll be

Sounds good Hirsh. I'll be back for a little bit from 12/20-12/26 or so. I live in Northern NJ and would love to try and meet up with you guys :)

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meeting tonight at 6pm see

meeting tonight at 6pm

see you all there!

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Sadly, Borders has gone

Sadly, Borders has gone bankrupt and was closed down forever. RIP my favorite bookstore.

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The Jewish Gamer
The Jewish Gamer wrote:

Sadly, Borders has gone bankrupt and was closed down forever. RIP my favorite bookstore.

Hey The Jewish Gamer, are you in NY?

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I happen to be, yes.

I happen to be, yes.

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so what you waiting for?

so what you waiting for? come on over!

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We have a group that

We have a group that meetings in whiteplains every week, but no one is going to bethere this week, so I am seeing if we can get some people together for a meeting in the city.

At lest 2 gamers are meeting face to face in NYC Sunday afternoon. Anyone else up for a meeting?

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Hi,  I just joined and I'm

Hi,

I just joined and I'm looking for meetings. Are there any in NYC? I do not have a car. Hope to meet you all soon!

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Hi breaking out, there has

Hi breaking out,

there has not been one in NYC for some time now, but we have one at 6pm tonight in whiteplains ny. You can take a train.

I am pming you my cell if you want more info.

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Hi Hershel, My son will be

Hi Hershel,

My son will be arriving from CA (college) and we have just learned he's in a bit of online gaming crisis right now. We live a distance from White Plains (about an hour away) but will bring him if the meeting is definitely taking place every week.

He'll be a counselor at a camp with no internet access (yay) Mon morning through Sat. evening so will be able to attend meetings if all works out.

Any advice for the meantime? I told him to seek counseling help on his campus today.

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Whatever you do, do NOT

Whatever you do, do NOT allow him to go back to college until this issue has been dealt with, and fall semester this year is TOO SOON.

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shelley66 wrote:  We will
shelley66 wrote:

We will bring him if the meeting is definitely taking place every week.

Welcome! I will send you a private message with my contact information and you can contact me for the meeting location.

shelley66 wrote:

Any advice for the meantime? I told him to seek counseling help on his campus today.

I will warn you to talk with the professional and find out they views on "behavioral addiction" if they have experience with gaming addiction and so forth. You will find that even many addiction therapists claim to have competence with addiction bu when you get into it with them they po po the "obsessive behavior", and don't advice a strong regimen of therapy.

What I am saying is, if he has a full blown gaming crisis, once a week with a mediocre social worker is not going to cut it.

Another thing I want to point out,

shelley66 wrote:

He'll be a counselor at a camp with no internet access

Even without internet he can learn to spend weeks gaming, like I did. I know people who have spent 12 hours+ on tetras and other games. You need to understand that gamers get a "hit" off any kind of gaming, no matter how lousy. The second thing is, I have very little faith in "no internet environments" as most places have internet there or nearby "locked" or with some other deterrent. Addicts are desperate and resourceful. It's like trying to lock up a convict. very hard. and before you will never really know if they don't have computer access.

The third thing is, does he know he has a problem and is he willing to work towards fixing himself?

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We have moving our computer

We have moving our computer gamer's meeting from our Whiteplains NY location to Tarrytown NY for this week in order to make the meeting more accessible for those coming in from upstate NY.

For more information feel free to contact me.

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Hi, are there still Sunday

Hi, are there still Sunday night meetings in White Plains? I'd like to attend one if possible.

Thanks!

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There is. I am pming you my

There is. I am pming you my contact info.

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One year anniversary for our

One year anniversary for our meeting in Westchester!

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Congratulations! You're

Congratulations! You're doing a great job up there.

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Hello. This is my first time

Hello. This is my first time on Olganon. My son, who is 19, has a gaming addiction. I would like to go to meetings, but I live on Long Island. Is there any meetings held on Long Island that you are aware of. Thanks.

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Hi Maryk, welcome to Olga.

Hi Maryk, welcome to Olga. Unfortunately there are no Olga meetings on Long Island that we know of.

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Hi Maryk, There are on-line

Hi Maryk,

There are on-line chat meetings for parents on Thursday nights at 9pm EST, if you are interested in.

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Meetings are still going on

Meetings are still going on in Tarry Town if anyone is interested, we have three members thus far, myself, Operetta and Hirschel. We would love to talk to some newcomers.

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Being that it is getting

Being that it is getting dark earlyer now, we should move out of the park to a indoor location.

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Hello. I live in NYC and am

Hello. I live in NYC and am very interested in coming to a meeting, either in NYC or Tarrytown. Can someone inform me if the Tarrytown meeting is still happening, and let me know where it is. 6 PM on Sunday works fine for me. I could also meet in NYC if a meeting is happening. Thank you.

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There are non in NYC that I

There are non in NYC that I kow of, I will PM you of the tarrytown meeting location.

Welcome Jason

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How does one start up a meeting, say, in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

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Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:42pm #40
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The easiest way to do it is find another gamer from these areas.
However, you are very welcome to attend the meeting in Tarrytown. It's very easy to get to from Grand Central.
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15 minutes North of Albany

15 minutes North of Albany NY

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We have a fellow in

We have a fellow in poughkeepsie. I have family in Albany and visit from time to time.

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Hi Mary K... I just found

Hi Mary K...

I just found this sight today. I also live on Long Island and wish there were meetings closeby to attend. My son is almost 14, and addicted to gaming. Today was one of those days when he did not get up to go to school because last night I took all his electronics away. I am at my wits end.

He is a very smart, sweet boy, who has many friends, but is falling to the prey.Becoming very unmotivated. Now he would rather stay in his room and game than spend time with family and friends. He is a true middle child, with a set of 16 yo identical twin brothers and a little sister, 10.

Not sure what to do. I would love to start a Long Island Meeting...anything to find help and support.

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Welcome Jsalditt! I don't

Welcome Jsalditt!

I don't know if Maryk still comes around from time to time however we do have a meeting tomorrow at 6 PM in Westchester. I understand that may be a bit far to travel. Metro North does have a stop in Tarrytown.

I would also encourage you to start a meeting in Long Island if you are up to it. All you need to do is post a public location that you are willing to commit to attending every week and someone will attend eventually. That is how meetings are started.

Good luck!

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Hello jsalditt, Welcome!

Hello jsalditt,

Welcome! We would love to have you start a meeting in Long Island.

Do you know any others in yoiur area who would be able to attend? Here is the information about starting a meeting in your area: http://www.olganon.org/?q=starting_a_local_chapter

Please contact me if you need more information, or to give me contact information so I can post about your meeting here.

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Hello, I just joined the

Hello, I just joined the site, do u guys still do these meetings?

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Welcome Nameless, yes we do.

Welcome Nameless, yes we do. PM me for info.

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Is the meeting still

Is the meeting still happening????

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I believe so.  Send

I believe so. Send hirshthg a private message (PM). Liz

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Are there still meetings?

Are there still meetings?

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