Online Gamers Anonymous
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On-Line Gamers Anonymous (OLGA) is a twelve-step program for recovery from video game addiction established as a non-profit organization in the United States. OLGA was founded by Elizabeth (Liz) Woolley in 2002 after her son, Shawn Woolley, committed suicide while logged in to EverQuest. It provides a variety of message boards, several on-line meetings and other tools for people (gamers as well as friends and family) to use for their own healing and to support each other. Although OLGA is "a strictly volunteer organization", it is nonetheless quite active since it "fields 500 Internet and phone inquiries each day".
Currently, On-Line Gamers Anonymous has an active face-to-face 12-step meeting in London, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in November, 2008. There is also a chapter in Washington, DC. It was started in October, 2009.
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- ↑ Spain, Judith W.; Vega, Gina (Spring 2005). "Everquest: Entertainment or Addiction?". The CASE Journal 1 (2): 60–66.
- ↑ Spain, Judith W.; Vega, Gina (May 2005). "Sony Online Entertainment: EverQuestor EverCrack?". Journal of Business Ethics 58 (1): 3–6. doi:10.1007/s10551-005-1376-9.
- ↑ "OLGA Community Message Boards". http://www.olganon.org/?q=forum/1.
- ↑ "OLGA / OLG-Anon Calendar of Events & Meetings". http://www.olganon.org/?q=calendar.
- ↑ "OLG-Anon (Family/Friends) Message Boards". http://www.olganon.org/?q=forum/3.
- ↑ Campbell, Colin and Gatehouse, Jonathon. "What Happened to Brandon?", p.52, Maclean's, 2008-11-10.
- ↑ The London Free Press – Pedro, Kelly. (2008, November 8). Gamers, at any cost.
- ↑ "recovery for online gaming addiction, OnLine Gamers Anonymous - DC Chapter Home". http://olga-dc.com/.
- ↑ "Washington, DC chapter". http://www.olganon.org/?q=node/18265.
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