Game Addicts Group Launches First Canadian Chapter

Game Addicts Group Launches First Canadian Chapter

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On-Line Gamers Anonymous has opened its first Canadian branch in London, Ontario, offering hope and help for recovery to people suffering from addiction to online gaming.

Over 16 million people have immersed themselves in virtual words, according to chapter founder Brad Dorrance, himself a recovering gamer, some of whom play for as long as ten hours straight. Though gaming isn't recognized as a legitimate addiction in the medical community, Dorrance believes that things like a diagnostic consensus among medical and addiction professionals is less important than getting some face time in the news. "It's high time this got the mainstream media attention that it deserves," he said. "We're not going to wait for the medical profession to recognize or put their stamp of approval on this addiction."

Dorrance, a recovering addict himself, said his online gaming habits "went off the rails about a year ago," when he found himself spending 12 hours a day at the computer trying to feed his habit before finally taking an overdose of sedatives last December. With the help of On-Line Gamers Anonymous, his family and his church, he has now managed to go ten months game-free. "The big challenge is rebuilding trust in a damaged marriage," he said. "I think people need to see how much damage can be done to a relationship by any addiction, even this one."

The first meeting of the London, Ontario chapter of On-Line Gamers Anonymous takes place at 7 pm on November 5. To learn more about the group, check out their website at olganon.com.

(photo: On-Line Gamers Anonymous Board of Directors)

Source: London Free Press

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Should I be proud or humbled that these guys are pretty much in my back yard?

I do honestly believe that some players do get obsessive about gaming, and do need help breaking that loop; I'm just not certain that the term "addiction" applies clinically. Still, whatever helps folks get their lives back on-track is fine by me.

-- Steve

Its called world of warcrack for a reason

huh... I never knew there was such a thing as an alcoholics anonymous for gamers. lol it is called warcrack for a reason. hahaha

smallharmlesskitten:
Its called world of warcrack for a reason

Because most gamers have the imagination and wit of a 3 year old stroke victim?

Have I been insulted amnestic? I must not have had my coffee yet

I'm still not totally convinced that online game addiction is a real widespread problem. I'm sure that there are some people that have become clinically adicted, but I think most people could stop if they really wanted to, or were forced to. In my time spent playing World of Warcraft I never felt that I was adicted, I knew that I played it compulsively but I never thought that I would really freak out if I couldn't play for a week or something. The thing with this game is the way it's designed, so that for anyone even reasonably competitive (let's face it not many people play multiplayer games to chat and make friends) you need to play WoW pretty compulsively to stay up to date and have a chance against other players. So as the time invested in your character increases so does your resolve to keep at it and not give up, of course until boredom inevitably sets in and you quit for a while.

Perhaps people can be addicted to the WoW in the sense that their body becomes addicted to the chemicals released when they play it, but then why aren't so many people addicted to other games like Mario Kart or Counter Strike or even other RPGs such as Baldur's Gate. I think it's just the nature of some types of games (specifially MMORPGs) rather than a clinical addiction.

P.S - Although anything that does help these people sort themselves out is a good thing, more power to 'em.

smallharmlesskitten:
Have I been insulted amnestic? I must not have had my coffee yet

Only if you find "World of Warcrack" funny/witty.

Not really. It does hold a small token of truth however. case in point that dude with 32 accounts.

I seriously think people misunderstand the term addiction, that has something to do with chemical addictions, and such. You can not be addicted to videogames, you can be obsessed with them, like people are obsessed with books, comics, tv-programs, or any other entertainment medium.

Still, a good idea to offer help, and a good initiative.

smallharmlesskitten:
Not really. It does hold a small token of truth however. case in point that dude with 32 accounts.

If he didn't do it with WoW, he'd do it with something else.

Malygris:
when he found himself spending 12 hours a day at the computer trying to feed his habit before finally taking an overdose of sedatives last December.

Uhm...what? So okay he was gaming for 12 hours and thats excessive but the sedative overdose? Isn't that bit of a left-field thing to do?

Somehow the group makes 'online gaming addiction' sound like a disease or unhealthy habit like smoking...

Arkfeller:
Somehow the group makes 'online gaming addiction' sound like a disease or unhealthy habit like smoking...

And it's religious. blegh. Anyone else starting to become reminded of that one south park episode?

Aries_Split:
Anyone else starting to become reminded of that one south park episode?

Only everytime I hear about the AA.

"Young man, I don't think you know about the Twelve-Step Plan."
"No, but I know a little about cults."

Scypemonk:
I seriously think people misunderstand the term addiction, that has something to do with chemical addictions, and such. You can not be addicted to videogames, you can be obsessed with them, like people are obsessed with books, comics, tv-programs, or any other entertainment medium.

Still, a good idea to offer help, and a good initiative.

That is incorrect. You can for example also be addicted to gambling. I certainly think that in a few cases addiction to a MMORPG (mostly World of Warcraft) can be a very serious issue.

Aries_Split:

Arkfeller:
Somehow the group makes 'online gaming addiction' sound like a disease or unhealthy habit like smoking...

And it's religious. blegh. Anyone else starting to become reminded of that one south park episode?

I Have A Disease Stan, I Am Helpless.

Mister Benoit:

Aries_Split:

Arkfeller:
Somehow the group makes 'online gaming addiction' sound like a disease or unhealthy habit like smoking...

And it's religious. blegh. Anyone else starting to become reminded of that one south park episode?

I Have A Disease Stan, I Am Helpless.

I love South park and house dumb the adults are.

The main reason wow contains the most cases of OCD sufferers is because wow is 67% of the mmo market. When everything's spread equal, they have twice as much cases as everybody else combined anyway. The netherlands have a similar clinic. $130(converted from euro's) for 30 min of "psychiatric aid". And it's apparemtly "cool" to blame blizzard for everything that goes wrong.

Aardvark Soup:

Scypemonk:
I seriously think people misunderstand the term addiction, that has something to do with chemical addictions, and such. You can not be addicted to videogames, you can be obsessed with them, like people are obsessed with books, comics, tv-programs, or any other entertainment medium.

Still, a good idea to offer help, and a good initiative.

That is incorrect. You can for example also be addicted to gambling. I certainly think that in a few cases addiction to a MMORPG (mostly World of Warcraft) can be a very serious issue.

Very true. Addiction can theoretically come from anything that causes pleasure. Addiction is typically assigned to situations in which neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, serotonin, and other "pleasure" chemicals) are temporarily increased or made more potent through one's behavior or the use of chemicals. After prolonged usage, the chemicals become less effective and the brain demands more, usually resulting in more of the pleasurable behavior. Video games cause the brain to release these pleasure transmitters, at least the good ones do, so it's possible to go overboard.

Sex, gambling, gaming--all can be potentially addictive, but I'd like to see if the brain is permanently effected by behavior-induced addictions the same way it is by chemically-induced addiction.

Go science!

Gosh, I do miss the days when "addiction" wasn't an excuse for being a selfish idiot.

Well, if you do ever have the misfortune to become addicted to a game to the point of an unhealthy obsession, and at that point and in an even more unlikely circumstance, have offspring, when people say "Haha, nerds" or of that theme, said children can go "My dad was in OLGA, you asshole."

See what I did there?

 

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