Gamer finally looking for help

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Gamer finally looking for help


I am a 20 year old gaming addict. I am addicted to both single player rpgs and Magic: the Gathering. I enjoy both types of games a lot and don't wish to fully cut either of them out of my life completely, but I can't live my life spending hundreds of dollars on cardboard each month, or staying up until 3 AM playing something. Both behaviors cause me to slack in university, so I am now at home living with my parents. They have had enough of my addictions, and so I now have limited data and WiFi usage. Which is fair, a natural consequence of my actions. I am currently studying at a local community college, hoping to get a transfer degree to a different 4-year university than the one i was going to, but I still can't help but occasionally think of what Magic cards I want to buy, or unrealistic thoughts of streaming myself playing a game. I think this is the first time I've asked for help with this issue. I always thought I could just stop if I wanted to, but after doing some reading about this addiction and ADHD, which is another thing I have to deal with, I know I need help.



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Welcome Rabinshaw  !

Welcome Rabishaw  !

Thanks for sharing. Follow the links for gamers in my signature to show how this site can help you. You are not alone and you can find support from others like yourself.

There is also the medical route; through an addiction therapist. Your doctor may be able to put you on the right path. CBT and other therapies may help you.


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That first step is a really hard one.  I spent most of a day looking at the forums - trying to build up the courage to make my first post.  Sounds like you've got a solid plan.  One day at a time!

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Hey, welcome.  Sounds like you're in a very similar place to where I was a couple of years ago.  You realize you need help.  That's what I had to learn too.  On my own, I just kept talking myself back into the same ol' routine of late night gaming.  But with the help of the other people I met here, I've been able to escape the vicious cycle.

If it could work for me, probably it can work for you.  You can find people in the voice meetings.

I like hearing people's stories and knowing there is hope for change, knowing I'm not alone in this.

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