Gaming Addiction has taken over my life

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freeze251
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Gaming Addiction has taken over my life

Hi my name is Brian and I admit that I am addicted to World of Warcraft. I am a high school student and I'll be entering senior year in September.My addiction started back in April, when one of my friends talked me into playing it and from then on, I was hooked.

At first my grades and social life seemed alright. However, that only lasted for a few months. My grades started to slip from the A-B range to the C-D range as I spent 6 hours playing daily instead of doing my homework. It got to a point where I skipped classes and faked sick just to keep playing continuously.

I've tried quitting several times. I even went an entire month without WoW, but now that summer's here I find myself playing 20 hours a day easy. It's difficult for me to quit because my real life friends play as well. The four of us regularly group up and play together and have LANs at each other's houses.

I don't know what to do. I need to quit for the sake of my future. I plan to go to college, but it doesn't seem that way. With the way things are going now, I'll probably end up playing WoW and working at a minimum wage job while living at home with my parents. I don't want that. I plan to get a 4 year degree in Business or Computer Science. I want to be successful.

The people I play with tell me that I just need to control myself. And that's the thing, I can't. It has gotten to a point where I cannot go 30min without thinking or playing WoW. I have thought about destroying my CD's and deleting my account, but it seems like a waste of hundreds of hours. And if I do quit playing, how will I be able to connect with my friends. All they do if talk about WoW when we hang out.

So here I am at 3 in the morning, pondering my future. I'm sorry if I typed too much, it just felt so good to share what I've been going through. Thanks for your time.

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Re: Gaming Addiction has taken over my life

Quote:I have thought about destroying my CD's and deleting my account, but it seems like a waste of hundreds of hours.
You will waste tenths of thousands more if you do not destroy them and do not delete your account...

Quote:And if I do quit playing, how will I be able to connect with my friends. All they do if talk about WoW when we hang out.

This may sound harsh, but either you and them will change ... or you will find new friends.

With me, I am a lucky guy that still hangs out with the guys with whom he has played 24 hour long stretches of LAN parties back in a small wagon in our backyard in the mid-nineties. But that was long ago, and we are all successfull students, business-men, some even family-men.

If computer is the only thing that connects you and your friends, you will either to find other things that connect you... or new friends.

Either way, your friends will probably not understand you. I was the only one from our group of 8 or so, who got addicted to games. The others too always said "get a hold on", "get willpower" etc. They can play with impunity, I dare not to or else I fall back into a life of addiction.

Choose your path in life, but choose well as each moment that goes past is not going to be brought back by any means, and everything we do has consequences.

Wish you the patronship of lady luck

Maxim

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Brian, you seem intelligent, articulate, and ambitious, and you recognize that you are addicted. Those things make it much more likely that you can beat this addiction.

Can you talk to your parents about this? Maybe they can help you cut back on your time, get rid of your account, or find something else to do.

The hours you've spent playing the game are gone. If you didn't have fun playing, then you've already wasted that time, whether you delete your characters or not. If you do manage to walk away from the game, though, that time isn't really wasted, because you learned something about yourself and you did something that many people can't do--you walked away from an addiction. That would be a real accomplishment.

Good luck, Brian, and feel free to come back and post anytime.

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Thank you for the responses from aelwyn and calm force. Through the help of a caring friend, I gave away my account today and I feel as if I'm released. I also had my friend trash my CD's for me, and the game is now off my PC for good.

It's great now, I've got lots of things on my to-do list. Thanks for the support guys!!

Feeling Great!!

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Good for you Brian! Getting a handle on this addiction BEFORE you go to college is extremely important for you. It's very difficult to resist the temptation to play 24/7 when you live in a dorm with always-on high-speed access just steps from your bed. My son found that out when he went to college last year, and it cost us about 12 grand down the drain. If you are uncertain about your ability to stay out of the game at college (or if your grades are not good enough to get into a college by the time you graduate in the spring), don't feel bad about staying home and going to JC for one or 2 years. You will save yourself (and/or your parents) a TON of money and you will ultimately get a degree in computer scince that will have the name of a 4-year university on it. Transfer of credits is so much more uniform now and there are no surprises like there used to be when you go to transfer. Many JC's have cooperative arrangements with nearby universities to do the whole program in a 2+2 arrangement.
I second aelwyn's recommendation to talk to your parents and explain to them what you have gone through. Direct them to these boards. I was so clueless about what my son was going through all last year, and it was only by chance that I stumbled upon this site and the answers that finally helped make sense of what happened to him. We used to joke about my son becoming addicted to his games. We never even imagined that it could happen seriously and for real. Congratulations to you for your progress so far and kudos for taking the first steps so early in the game, so to speak. Getting out in only 4 months is a sign of strength. You can do it.

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The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,

Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun." -------William Wordsworth

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Re: Gaming Addiction has taken over my life

Congratulations Brother Brian

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