Do i belong here?

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Do i belong here?

I've been addicted to games for years, and it's only gotten worse since the depression hit (since i used it as escape), Now i quit (compeltely by my myself), and have been clean for a month now. Everything has taken a turn for the better since i quit, both with my mental health and my addiction recovery.

I'd love to have somewhere where i can talk to people going through the same thing since there isn't very much help out there for this. Howver I have a lot of experience with addiction outside of video games too. My best friend was a drug addict, I went to many 12 step meetings with him so i know all about the 12 steps.

What i'm trying to say is, i want people to talk to to, but I A) don't believe in the 12 steps, because i'm not religious. I have a philosphy on life already that has served me well, and has helped me stay clean. Also B) i've read through some of the forum posts here, and many people seem to think video games are inheirently bad. I totally disagree, I think anything can be a addiction, that doesn't mean the thing it's self is bad. I know many people who play games and maintain normal, healthy lives.

I'm not here to argue, i'm just wondering if i will still be able to find help on this site with all that in mind? what do you guys think?

EDIT: i read your guys 12 step forum, i might be able to do this! I like that it's no strictly religious like other 12 step programs i have been to! So that part is kinda answered already. if you want to add anything please do!

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Hi Zenbass

Hi Zenbass

Yes some people do think that games are the work of the Devil and that is their opinion.

Also many people who come here realise that they are a minority who cannot handle games, would like to be able to moderate gaming to a reasonable level but realise they cannot and will never be able to.

I think this site is for you if it helps you to stay quit.

This site is not a place to get into any kind of debate (against forum rules). We are here to support recovery.

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I go to face-to-face NA

Thanks a lot for sharing

I go to face-to-face NA meetings for gaming addiction. U dont need to be religious to work the 12 steps, im certainly not. It's a great place for me to meet people, listen, share, drink coffee. 

I can relate to ur situation, my addiction is also mixed up with moderate depression (now a lot better though).

See u

Never alone, go to meetings <3 Mumble voice meetings on cgaa are great, see you there <3


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Hi Zenbass and welcome to

Hi Zenbass and welcome to Olga.   Congratulations on a month off of games.  That's a gret accomplishment.   If you're struggling with gaming addiction, then you do belong here.  

If you're looking for people to talk to, I would highly recommend going to meetings.  You can chat before and after the meetings and connect with others.  Plus the meetings are quite helpful as well.  Check out the meeting schedule here.


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson

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I don't have much to say

I don't have much to say about the 12 step part(but it looks like you got that figured out), but I will say something about the second part.

I've went to AA for about two years, got a sponsor and everything, finished the steps, served, etc.  The first thing I learned is I didn't like a lot of people in AA.  We didn't click and our beliefs were vastly different.  I don't think games are inherently bad, and I'm sure a lot of other people on here don't either, while others may believe the opposite to be true.

What I'm saying is, you just gotta dig around here for people that you connect with.  I'm new here myself so I don't really "know" anybody, but I do know that in any AA or recovery group setting, there are going to be people who are totally opposite of you, and that's ok.  It doesn't make the recovery or the program any less powerful.


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