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 New CGAA member saying hello + my story (short form) 
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Joined: Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:21 pm
Posts: 74
State/Province/Country: NC, USA
Hello! I am glad that yall are here and I look forward to getting involved in the community!

My sobriety date is March 7th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST (Server downtime ftw! or "fts!"). I am 32 years old (and I am a dude, in case the name throws some of you).

I consider myself a broad spectrum gaming addict. For me, a game is a game is a game. I play table-top pen and paper games (e.g. DnD, Pathfinder) addictively, customizable card games (e.g. Magic) by myself, board games obsessively, console games games without ability to self-regulate, computer games with abandon, and MMORPGs until 10 AM in the morning (but not all at once!).

I played my first video game at age 4 or 5 and have been gaming addictively since I was very young (12 or so?). I've been aware that I had a problem and that gaming was holding me back from my life since age 16. The longest I have gone without gaming was 6 months once when I was 18 or 19. Then I decided that I could control my gaming again, dove back in, swore it off again, made it 2 or 3 months, etc... until finally I gave up trying to give up and just enjoyed it until that stopped being a thing, too.

My life being in a state of going no where very slowly and gaming no longer offering a solution to my problems (in fact, it was the source of many of them), I became willing to go to any lengths to get what I had long known was available to me in a 12 step fellowship- happy, joyous and free of my compulsion to game.

I got sober via another fellowship and am finally making my way into CGAA so I can find fellow gaming addicts to work my recovery with.

I am happy to speak with anyone about my struggles with gaming, getting sober, and living sober.

Lastly, I would like to start a face-to-face meeting in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina sometime in the future.

Morgan


Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:39 pm
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Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 3:06 pm
Posts: 869
Location: Charlottesville
State/Province/Country: Virginia
Hi Morgan, welcome! Glad you found us here and looking forward to meeting you in the meetings.

I got sober in another fellowship too. I find that the combination of face-to-face meetings of other fellowships and the voice meetings of CGAA work well for me.

It's exciting to hear you plan to start a face-to-face meeting at some point. I put a contact email of raleighdurham@cgaa.info on our list of Local Support Groups. Can I have it forward to your email address?


Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:08 pm
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Joined: Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:21 pm
Posts: 74
State/Province/Country: NC, USA
Yes, you can do that. I will PM you the email address I would like you to forward to.

The face-to-face meetings are important. I don't have a problem with alcohol beyond a very clear need to stay away from it and perplexing desire to drink, so I find it a little difficult feeling connected in AA sometimes. At the same time, I don't think I could stay sober without AA meetings in my life. The in-person human connections and the fellowship before and after are just as big a part of my sobriety as are the shares I hear in meetings.


Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:22 am
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