Card game addicts, helping addicts recover - Anonymous way

Many of us did not think that we had a problem with card games until the card games ran out. Even when others told us that we had a problem, we were convinced that we were right and the world was wrong. We used this belief to justify our self-destructive behavior. We developed a point of view that enabled us to pursue our card game addiction without concern for our own well-being or the well-being of others. We began to feel that the card games were killing us long before we could ever admit it to anyone else. We noticed that if we tried to stop using, we couldn’t. We suspected that we had lost control over the card games and had no power to stop.
Excerpted from Anonymous page 5, © by  Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserved.

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After 8 years of holding a NA meeting every night, this group held a vote and came to a group conscience that we believe so strongly of the need to attend local meetings, that this chat room will be closing after the meeting on Sunday, October 8th 2022. We fear we are injuring and killing card game addicts by providing a place to avoid going to local meetings, and cannot continue to do so in good conscience.

This website is the gathering place of an online group of addicts. This website and group are not endorsed by, or representative of, Anonymous as a whole. We are simply a group of addicts who have come together to find recovery, just like every other NA group in the world. We in NO way endorse or promote online meetings and fellowship as a substitute for local Anonymous meetings. NA is not a social club, it is addicts coming together with a unity of purpose – to help each other stay clean.

– Tradition Four – “Each Group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other Groups, or N.A. as a whole.”
Unlike some “Recovery” chatrooms and websites that spend money to advertise and ask for donations to keep their website and chatroom open – this NA Group is fully self-supported by its regular members. We would suggest that if you wish to donate to Anonymous – Please donate directly to Anonymous World Services or to your local Area Service Committee – so the money donated by you goes to spread the message of recovery to the still suffering addict.

Welcome to our little corner of online Anonymous. While we do not suggest that online NA meetings or fellowship is a replacement for attending Anonymous meetings in your home town, we do find it useful in our recovery as a supplemental tool to help us to stay card game free. The concept of “identification” with other addicts is why NA works. We have found that addicts around the world are the same. What particular card game we used does not matter. An addict is an addict. When we focus on any one particular card game, we are ignoring a simple truth; Addiction is not about the card game, it is a matter of how we think… how we feel… our spiritual condition.

NA-Recovery has an online chatroom where we hold Anonymous meetings every night. We also have a Anonymous forum (or message board). The forum is another place to share our experience strength and hope with card game addicts. There are personal stories, suggestions about the 12 steps and the 12 traditions, & questions and answers about recovery and life in general. There is a sub-forum for recovery humor and a spot for addicts to post their own creative work – poetry, artwork, stories…whatever moves you. Come and join other recovering addicts celebrating the miracle of their recovery.

NA is a fellowship based on the concept of spirituality – not religion. We believe that addiction is a disease of the spirit. Our Anonymous literature speaks of “God as we understand him”.. a way of thinking that is not even necessarily limited to “him”. Addicts of almost all spiritual belief systems have found a place where they belong, in NA’s rooms of recovery. Athiest, agnostic, theist, christian, hindu, muslim, buddhist… it does not matter to us. All of us have found Anonymous’ spiritual concepts useful to us. These spiritual concepts fit into our lives and enhance our lives. A few years ago NA’s primary literature, a book which we call “The Basic Text”, made an astounding leap – more “Basic Texts” were printed in Farsi and sold in Iran than were printed and sold in english speaking countries.

The message we as card game addicts carry to the still suffering addict is simple – “Just for today, WE NEVER HAVE TO USE AGAIN.” The twelve steps of Anonymous frees us to live in today, instead of being stuck in resentments from our past – or in fears of the future. We are freed from the prison of active addiction by the application of spiritual principles in our lives. Honesty, openmindedness, and willingness are three of these principles, the foundation for the rest of our recovery.

The members of this online Anonymous community participate here for several reasons. The internet is on the leading edge of how people seek information today, therefore still suffering addicts seeking information on how to quit using and find a new way to live find the information they need online. This is our part of the 12th step – “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” We do not propose that an online recovery environment is sufficient for recovery. This group’s philosophy is that online NA is a supplement to face to face recovery, NOT a replacement.

Come on in and visit our NA chatroom. Our moderators can help you to find Anonymous meetings in your home town, they can find NA hotline phone numbers in your area, and they can direct you to online sources of Anonymous literature. NA has no fees or dues to pay. We make no promises to anyone. We swear no oaths. What we do is: we share our experience strength and hope with each other. Anonymous means that no addict need ever be stuck in their addiction alone. The old lie that “Once an addict always an addict” is dead. We do remain addicts…but today, in recovery, we have a choice – We never have to use again.. there is a new way of life available to all card game addicts who seek it out. That way is found with other clean addicts in Anonymous.

Card Games

Strategy on How to Play Addiction Solitaire

September 25, 2022

Game Info

Family: Non-builders type games

Decks: One deck (52 cards)

Game time: Medium

Chance of winning: Medium

Before we begin, we want to clarify that the word “addiction” in the title refers to the name of the solitaire card game and is not related to behavioral issues. Afterall, our company’s goal is to educate people on how to stop addiction.

Addiction Solitaire

You may ask why we post a blog about playing a card game. The reason is simple- we want you to know that learning card games without over-indulgence is healthy for both mind and body. Many studies reveal that Spades and other card games are good mental exercises. As long as you are a responsible player, the  addictiveness of the card game Solitaire will not be part of your bad habit.

Basic Rules in Playing Addiction Solitaire

The goal of Addiction Solitaire is to sort all four rows in ascending order from two to king. Each role must be of the same suit. For more thrill, some players assign a time limit that would force them to complete faster. Whether you would like to do it, that is up to you.

The basic rules are: after the deal, the Aces are removed to create four blank positions. So, the 52 cards were laid out in 13 columns and four rows. Then, the Aces were removed, creating four empty places. Cards can be moved into blank positions one at a time.

A card can be moved into a blank spot if it follows the previous card to the left in both suit and value. For example, a four of spades can be moved to a spot to the right of a three of space or to the left of a five of Spades in chronological order.

Addiction Solitaire Rules

Cards can only be moved in two blank spots if they follow the previous card in both suit and value. For example, a four of Spades can be moved to the spot to the right of the three of Spades. They must follow the previous card to the left based on value, so six of Hearts can only be moved to the right to pay five of Hearts.

You can move a card to a blank spot provided that the card to the left is of the same suit and have one lower rank. Remember, the objective is to create four rows of cards in chronological order and of the same suit. A two of any suits can be placed in the leftmost column. Once there, it sets the suit for the entire row.

Choose your suit carefully because it’s key to your success for the entire game. Remember that you need to make a row of chronological cards in the same suit.

Now that you know the moves, it’s time to discuss the shuffle.

You may shuffle the cards on the table three times in a single game. When you shuffle, cards not correctly placed on the board are moved to a random position. Since the cards that are already in their proper position will not move, shuffling the board will not make you lose progress. Instead, you may find yourself in a better position to advance.


Cards are deemed to be in the proper position if they are:

  • a two on the leftmost part of their row
  • of the same suit as the card to their immediate left, and that card is itself properly placed.

All leftover cards will be shuffled and redealt to the remaining spots.

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Card Games

How to Stop Card Game Addiction

September 8, 2022

If you think that the compulsive use of video games is the only form of game addiction, you’re wrong. People can get addicted to any game, like card games, mahjong, VIP slot machines in casinos, and so much more. Like video game addiction, uncontrollable impulse to play card games also has detrimental effects on the player.

Addiction Solitaire Card Game

Why Are Card Games Addictive?

Playing card games to unwind and forget about life’s pressures for a few hours is healthy for our body and mind.  Card games are simple to learn and help build a strong connection with friends and family. It’s nice to see a family gather around the table and play cards instead of doing their own thing with their gadgets. 

It’s easy to get hooked on card games since they are a pleasant hobby everyone likes. The psychological benefits of winning are the reason why many young and old people keep returning to it. 

Online Card Games

Aside from being straightforward and fun, here are some of the most common reasons why breaking away from card games is difficult:

1. WINNING STREAKS HYPE

The winning streak phenomenon is intriguing. This behavior means that when someone is already hooked on the fun that the game brings, he will most likely do it again and again. The player believes that his winning streak is due to his talents, or he thinks his luck is on his side and he should take advantage of it. 

A winning streak, however, will end at some point. Ordinary people will be slightly disappointed when the winning run stops since they have not risked excessively. An addict, on the other hand, would behave differently if he felt the urge to raise the stakes and risk losing more money with each game played. Losing everything becomes a possibility at some point.

2. OWN REALITY

Most addicts are unhappy with the world their world. They feel they have done everything right, but their efforts are not appreciated. The best example is the promise of a fulfilling career and a stable life after graduating. Many people have learned that playing all the perfect cards in real life does not translate to success. 

On the other hand, with their tight rules, card games are easy to learn and follow. W when they play a game where victory is determined mainly by talent rather than luck, they finally experience the reward that has been lacking from their life. They will play the game whether they win or lose since it’s their way of escaping the bitter truth.

3. SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT

While everyone can play a card game, mastering it is a different story. You don’t always get to sit in the same room with others who are as committed to the game as you are. Some may not be interested in winning, while others play simply to pass the time. Victory may make you feel like the best player in the world and can be a source of pride.

4. SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS

Card games are a source of fun and entertainment for many people. They can be a great way to make friends, and they can also help to build stronger relationships with your existing friends. Whether you’re an old hand at card games or have never played one before, having your friends around is a strong reason to play.

5. CARD COLLECTION

Some people love collecting cards. They love the feel and smell of them. Even the way that cards are shuffled makes a lot of people happy. It’s the same feeling when you get new clothes, just because they’re new. It’s a simple fact that you can get something new that you’ve never had before. That’s what makes so many people love collecting cards.

By the way, many cards look very different from how they looked years back. Some companies hire famous artists to make their cards look nice. If you’re into art, you may be enticed to play cards frequently.

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Card Games

Dealing with Video Game Addiction

August 22, 2022

Many people find gaming entertaining. This is because the brain reacts positively to sensory input provided by the visuals and sounds of the game as if they are real. This is the reason why many laugh or get angry while playing video games. 

When a person is engaged in a video game, his brain interprets the scenes as real. His body responds according to the emotions evoked by the game. This “fight-or-flight” reaction to an imagined situation is provoked by the game’s extreme excitement and violence. Excessive game time can cause a state of hyperarousal in the brain. 

Each person’s hyperarousal is unique. It might involve issues with paying attention, understanding emotions, managing impulses, meeting deadlines, and dealing with frustration. Some gamers have difficulty expressing sensitivity, which can lead to violence. Therefore, symptoms, causes, and effects differ from one person to another.

playing video games can be an addictive stimulus

Are Games Addictive?

Video games use cutting-edge behavioral psychology to keep you wanting for more. Immersive experiences deliver a high level of dopamine, the brain’s reward center, making you feel good every time you win a game. Over-production of this hormone can anatomically change your brain, leading to health and behavioral issues. 

Game Addiction Symptoms

Games are so engaging that it’s easy to lose track of time when playing them for hours. They allow you to retreat from the real world and make you feel good while playing.  They are friendly and create an atmosphere in which you’re relaxed and in charge.

Game developers employ controlling game design to keep their business growing. Gaming addiction occurs because video game software are billion-dollar businesses. The more people get addicted to video games, the more profits they earn.

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