Off and on addiction?

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Off and on addiction?

Ive been playing games for 30 years. When I find a game I like I am totally consumed by it. I must finish it and find all the quests. I ignore family work and responsibilities. Usually I finally come to a point where I have done everything that is possible in the game and I quit. I get my life back till I find another game I like. I have never ventured into paying for a online game until recently and I bought Elder Scrolls Online. I have missed work, ignore my family and spent a lot of money. My 8 year old asked me if I will ever be finished with this game. My wife said I’m obsessed. I canceled my subscription and gave away my console. I’m here looking for help. 



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Welcome KP

Welcome KP

You have woken up to the awful effects that gaming has on you and your family

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Hi Kpoo,

Hi Kpoo, it's great that you got rid of your console!

Here are some simple things to try that have worked for me:

1) don't own a computer/console. What do you need one for, anyway? Facebook? Use your phone. Or better yet, just unplug.

2) Don't download/buy any new games, ever. Every new game you get is another lost 100-200 hours. If you go back and start gaming, worst case scenario, you'll play an old game and get bored quickly. Do NOT introduce yourself to new addictions.

3) Well, if you own zero devices and zero new games, it's not gonna be very easy to game.

4) uninstall and delete your game data, sell, uninstall, sell, journal, pray, quit, uninstall, uninstall. Uninstalling and deleting your game data, or self-banning your online accounts are the best thing you can do! Worst case scenario-- you succumb back to gaming. Well now you have to start over. Maybe a week later, you quit again, delete uninstall. Suddenly, starting again is very painful and frustrating. Soon, your game will be too painful and frustrating to play, since you continually start at lvl. 1 and then delete.

The beauty of this approach is that you literally waste HUNDREDS of HOURS by deleting your progress. Which is precisely what you're doing in real life. Get it? This is real lost destroyed precious time. By deleting it, you're proving how worthless that time was.

Don't hold onto your game progress. Delete, sell accounts.  Each time (if you) come back it will be harder and harder to game. Until gaming feels like the big stupid waste of time that it is.

my advice might not apply to you, but it works for me.



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