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RegRobust
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I am a Ph.D. student. I played games excessively while in early high school, then uninstalled and destroyed the CD's as a way to "burn the ships." I largely avoided games until three years out of college. In my second year of my Ph.D. program, my two roommates were constantly playing League of Legends. I avoided playing it until half-way through the year. Then I decided to try it out, and was hooked. While I managed to do reasonably well with my classes, I started sinking enormous time into the game. A website compiled all the hours I spent playing the game over the last 4 or so years, and it amounted to months (literally). I would play in binges, where I would avoid the game for several weeks, then play for several days straight. I would uninstall, but since the game is free and is downloaded off the internet, it was very easy to relapse. I know I should not be spending so much time playing the game. There so are so many better ways to use my time -- reading books, socializing, exercising, improving my research -- but I lose self-control. I also waste a fair amount of time browsing reddit, which is another habit I need to break, but first-things-first.

I have uninstalled (again). I am hoping that by joining this website I will be able to increase my self-control and avoid relapsing again.

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Hopefully joining this website will augment my self-control; If I feel especially tempted again and am about to relapse, I can post a thread here and get some encouragement/shaming that will keep me 'clean'.

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Hi Reg, I tried self-control

Hi Reg, I tried self-control for a long time and kept relapsing. Today, I rely on actively working our recovery program, accepting support from others, and being of service to others. These are the suggestions of the people who came before me. I have now been off games for 34 months and life is very much manageable and enjoyable since I started doing the necessary work.

If your approach doesn't work out, I highly recommend the approach that's working for us. Hope to see you at a meeting sometime.

What you feed grows, and what you starve withers away.

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