Hi everyone! Just wanted to share what's worked so far in starting a face-to-face meeting for gaming addicts.
1) Most cities, like mine, have what are called sober clubs - these are basically a building that usually a bunch of AA's have gotten together to rent where meetings are held each day and other activities such as dances, picnics, etc are held. In keeping with AA's traditions, these clubs cannot refer to themselves as AA clubs. As such, I found that I could hold my weekly meeting there for free and post on their bulletin board and get my gaming addicts meeting listed in their publication of all meetings held there.
2) I have spoken to two addiction treatment centers and have a flier posted at one of them. I am finding it not easy to get buyin from this approach as because video game addiction is relatively new and is not covered by insurance yet, the 2 treatment centers here in my town don't currently offer treatment for video game addiction and the counselors aren't very up to date about this addiction.
3) I'm trying to work through the bureacracy of the local universities here to find the right person to talk to and to get permission to post a flier there.
4) Tried posting in local Craig's list about my face-to-face meeting and only got 1 call.
5) Most receptive place I've found was this week and it was at my local library. The librarians there are very aware of this problem as they said they have to watch it all day and night every day as both kids and adults come in the library and some obviously have a problem because they spend the whole day and night there day after day just playing. They have let me post the flier and I may share my story at some point in a scheduled library evening topic.
As a result, I have found so far that Libraries seem a good place to start with getting the word out about a local face-to-face meeting and will visit the other numerous libraries within a 20 mile radius of where I live.
Hugs, Lisa Video game free since 4/17/2014