On-Line Gamers Anonymous

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On-Line Gamers Anonymous (OLGA) is a twelve-step program for recovery from video game addiction that operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States.[1] OLGA was founded by Elizabeth (Liz) Woolley in 2002 after her son, Shawn Woolley, committed suicide while logged into EverQuest.[2][3]


OLGA provides a variety of message boards, face-to-face meetings in local chapters, chat rooms, 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.[4][5][6] OLGA is volunteer run organization and fields approximately 500 Internet and phone inquiries per day.[7]


Currently, On-Line Gamers Anonymous has an active face-to-face 12-step meeting in London, Ontario, Canada that was founded in November, 2008.[8] There is also a chapter in Washington, D.C., which was started in October, 2009.[9][10] There are additional chapters throughout the United States and in Poland and Israel.[11]

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  1. ^ "CyberSightings". CyberPsychology & Behavior. 6 (1): 107–113. 2003. doi:10.1089/109493103321168018.
  2. ^ Spain, Judith W.; Vega, Gina (Spring 2005). "Everquest: Entertainment or Addiction?". The CASE Journal. 1 (2): 60–66.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "OLGA Community Message Boards".
  5. ^ "OLGA / OLG-Anon Calendar of Events & Meetings".
  6. ^ "OLG-Anon (Family/Friends) Message Boards".
  7. ^ Campbell, Colin and Gatehouse, Jonathon. (November 10, 2008). "What Happened to Brandon?". Maclean's. p. 52.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ Pedro, Kelly (November 8, 2008). "Gamers, at any cost". The London Free Press.
  9. ^ "Recovery for online gaming addiction, OnLine Gamers Anonymous - DC Chapter Home".
  10. ^ "Washington, D.C. Chapter".
  11. ^ "Face-to-Face Chapters | On-line Gamers Anonymous®". www.olganon.org. Retrieved 2016-10-08.

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