The title is misleading, I know--there is no controlling an addiction.
I've come here for help because, well, this......will take some time to explain, as it's about more than just my videogaming addiction.
My name--not my full name--is Alex. I was born in Canada in 1988, and--due in part to my father's job in the IT sector--I discovered videogames at the tender age of eight in 1996 right, unfortunately, as such popular titles like the Command & Conquer series (Westwood Studios) and Descent (Parallax Games) were beginning to emerge onto the market. Needless to say, I was hooked. Even in those early days, I would often wake up early--waking up friends or their parents as well--in order to get at that fun thing. So it grew; by 2000--when my family first became even dimly aware of what might be wrong--I was actively using my friends to get at videogames; by 2006 I was actively hacking into family computers--or building my own--in order to bypass common restrictions. Needless to say, my family tried everything--batteries of psychologists (five, to be precise), setting rules and restrictions, being forced into going cold turkey only to relapse weeks or months later because I was simply waiting...I was kicked out of the family home twice, the second time resulting in an unsuccessful attempt at a career in the military, which in turn resulted in--somehow--a successful attainment of a BA in History after four years of study...This has been a battle fought for 18 years largely without my cooperation; I either skirted around the problem(s) or achieved what I achieved in spite of them, and not without help from my family whose persistence in the face of all this is mind-boggling......
And I am here because they have, finally, given up. They gave an ultimatum to me; no matter the circumstances, no matter how much money I have, I will be evicted on September 1st of this year; I have all of $1k saved up--largely due to being required to hand over large sums of my earnings to my family--and a job at a call center that pays well enough but leads exactly nowhere in terms of further career opportunities.
Needless to say, I am hosed...but not just because of the videogaming, which I have been off of for 8 days now, largely because I was given the choice of either giving them up or being evicted instantly. Put simply in the words of Mark Lundholm, the addict-turned-comedian whom I have met personally, I am one of those people who is "addicted to one, addicted to all." Videogames? Check. Internet? Check. Internet news? Check. Kindle reader? Check. Pornography? Almost Certainly. Spends like a maniac? Oh most certainly. Put more simply, I have an impulse control disorder, but calling it that is akin to saying that the Sun, at 10 million degrees C, is only "mildly hot." A better description would be that, overall, I am addicted to most any form of electronic leisure. To make things worse, I have Aspergers, a high-functioning form of autism, which only exacerbates the above.
And so I am in need of help--not just in dealing with the above, but in getting my affairs, such as they are, in order.......so that in 6 months time I am not, as my mother and father have been incessantly and loudly predicting for the past five years, "dead in a ditch somewhere."