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The 12 Steps Programs: Online Gamers Anonymous

There are many different fellowships that have adopted the 12 Steps philosophy that was invented for Alcoholics Anonymous. One of them is Online Gamers Anonymous.

Online Gamers Anonymous is a fellowship that addresses video game addiction, often found in teenagers. It is then not surprising that most of the meetings for this particular 12 steps program are done online. In fact, it was only later in its history that face-to-face meetings were introduced in the fellowship. In November of 2008, the first face-to-face meeting to be registered was held in London, Ontario. Then another one was created in Washington, DC about a year later.

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Before that, the meetings consisted mostly of message boards and online meetings where people could communicate and get support from other people who have lived a similar experience with this particular addiction. However, video games are not a very old invention; the need for it only came about recently. Online Gamers Anonymous was created in 2002 by Elizabeth Woolley. She did so after her son committed suicide while he was playing EverQuest. EverQuest is an online massive multi-player game. This prompted to help other people get help with this problem to make sure that this did not happen to other people.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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