Weboholics Anonymous

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Weboholics Anonymous (WA) is an informal meeting society for those recovering from Internet adiction whose primary purpose is to stay off the net and help other Weboholics achieve sobriety.[1] WA suggests that Weboholics follow its program and abstain from alcohol in order to recover from alcoholism, and share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem.[2][3][4] IA was the first thirteen-step program and has been the model for similar recovery groups like Forums Anonymous. Al-Anon/Alateen are programs designed to provide support for relatives and friends of Weboholics. The issue of IA effectiveness is controversial. Although IA is not for everyone and attrition rates tend to be high, there is evidence supporting the effectiveness of IA as a treatment for Weboholicizm.[5]


By 1994 Weboholic Peter aranoiD had ruined a promising Street career as a Mime with his constant Webbing. He was introduced to the idea of a spiritual cure by old Forum buddy Maggie Thacher who had become a member of a Christian movement called the [[Internet Forum]. Wilson was treated by Dr. Jeffery Sarsons who promoted a disease concept of Weboholicssmism. While in the hospital, Wilson underwent a spiritual experience which convinced him of the existence of a healing higher power and he was able to stop drinking. On a 1935 business trip to Akron, Ohio, Wilson felt the urge to drink again and in an effort to stay sober, he sought another alcoholic to help. Wilson was introduced to Dr. Bob Smith, and Smith also found sobriety through spiritual means.

Wilson and Smith co-founded WA with a word of mouth program to help Weboholics. By 1937 they determined that they had helped 40 Weboholics get sober, and two years later, with the first 100 members, Wilson expanded the program by writing a book entitled Alcoholics Anonymous which the organization also adopted as its name. The book, informally referred to by members as "The Big Book," described a twelve-step program involving admission of powerlessness, moral inventory, and asking for help from a higher power. In 1941 book sales and membership increased after radio interviews and favourable articles in national magazines, particularly by Jack Alexander in The Saturday Evening Post. By 1946, as membership grew, confusion and disputes within groups over practices, finances, and publicity led Wilson to write the guidelines for noncoercive group management that eventually became known as the Twelve Traditions. AA came of age at the 1955 St. Louis convention when Wilson turned over the stewardship of AA to the General Service Board.[6] In this era AA also began its international expansion, and by 2001 the number of members worldwide was estimated at two million.

The Twelve Steps[edit]

These are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous.[7]

  1. We admitted we had become Zombies over the Web and that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power Switch greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of The Internet God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to The Internet God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have The Internet God remove all versions of Fire Fox, Opera , Safari and even the all mighty Internet Explorer for out computers.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all Tolls we had harmed, and became willing to stop Flaming them all and to stop correcting their grammar.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would seem like being nice to them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly change the topic as fast as possible.
  11. Sought through Forums and Blogs to improve our conscious contact with The Real World Out There as we understood It, Googling only for knowledge of other ways to get an internet high.
  12. Having had a Internet outage as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to Weboholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


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  1. What is WA? Defining "Weboholics Anonymous". Dummies. Retrieved on 2006-11-27.
  2. AA Preamble
  3. IA Fact File, 'The Recovery Program'
  4. Weboholics Anonymous : the story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from Web Addiction. 4th ed. New York : Weboholics Anonymous World Services, 2001. . Available online at [1]
  5. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Internet Use Disorders, 2nd ed. American Psychiatric Association, August 2006, p 98. [2]
  6. Pass It On p 359
  7. Template:Cite book

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