Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
We need to change our whole life. Not just our thinking, but our heart.
This step implies insanity. The phrase "restore us to sanity" implies that the on-line game addict, referred to in "us" had lost some degree of sanity. The insanity is that we continue the same behavior and expect different results. There is also an implication that the on-line game addict lacked the power to overcome their insane behavior.
"Came to believe" is a statement of faith. It is a point where the online game addict believes that nothing in their human power is able to help them with their problem, except for a power greater than themselves.
What is a power greater than oneself? It can be God related to one's spiritual conviction or it can be OLGA as a group. OLGA is not here to preach religious teachings.
The 12 steps of recovery is a spiritual path independent of any religion; it is not a religious path. The only requirement of this step is that the online game addict come to realize that they do not have the power to overcome the insanity that had arisen from their game addiction, and that the power be greater than themselves.
Is it weak to rely on a power greater than themselves? No! History has shown that people of great courage have always had faith in a creator. In terms of insanity, it would help the online game addict to take a look at some of their insane behavior and thinking that was a result or effect of their online game addiction.
Questions and suggestions for discussion
1. What kind of insane behavior or thinking can you identify in your own life that resulted from your online game addiction?
2. Look at your FEAR. What does it stand for, for you? Face Everything and Run Or Face Everything and Recover
3. Site examples where you, yourself, were unable to overcome the unsound behavior and thoughts and your fear.
4. At what point and how did you come to believe that you needed a power greater than yourself to be restored to sanity?
5. Any other related experiences to this topic? Insanity for me meant performing certain actions that made no sense. For example I would log into game and spend hours and hours even though I knew I had other responsibilities to which I needed to attend. I hated the fact that when I logged in I felt compelled to stay for hours, because I had found a good group in a good camp with good experience. It was as if I my time was at the mercy of the game. Also, towards the end, I was getting miserable in the game, because of a strained friendship I had, and even though I would get hurt and upset each time I talked to this person, I would continue to do so! I'd end up more miserable than when I first logged on, yet I would keep repeating the same behavior, which is not sound. I knew there was something wrong with all this, but I did not have it in me to stop logging in and talking to the same person.
Anyway, I knew that I needed a power greater than myself to overcome this self-defeating behavior of continuing to talk to someone who was abusive and also continuing to invest large chunks of time in game, which I could not afford. I had tried to some degree to sever ties with the person, only to end up talking again, and the same attempts failed with regard to the game.
However, from previous 12 step experience, I knew that my Higher Power would help me overcome both problems. I knew deep within that of myself I didn't have what it competely took to overcome my problems but with faith and reliance on my faith I could:
a) In your journal, write down what makes you believe that your Higher Power can take away your gaming issue.
b) Than, write down any reservations that you have, regarding your Higher Power's ability to take away these issues.
c) Think about who your Higher Power is. Write down the attributes and characteristics of your Higher Power.
1/24/2015 - Edited for new website. Liz W.