Long-standing gaming addiction

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Long-standing gaming addiction

Hi all, I have had a long-standing problem with gaming, from World of Warcraft, to League of Legends, and then to Hearthstone, and now to Overwatch. I have spent many, many months of game time among those. Choosing League over my girlfriend was a huge contributing factor to our breakup in 2013, as well as missing many opportunities at school and not making it into the school I would like to go to. I also chose gaming over my involvement in theatre. I fell out of that around the same time I lost my girlfriend back in 2013. My social life is pretty much limited to gaming friends. I also think I manipulated the new job I got to get off an extra week to relax and game, which ended up almost in me losing out on the opportunity. Now, I have depression, and I can't seem to face my true emotions, and instead choose gaming to numb them. I'm hoping I can quit gaming to start me on a path to rebuild my social life and career. 

Thank you for reading

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Hi Gumed and welcome to Olga.

Hi Gumed and welcome to Olga.  You're in the right place.  It's hard to stop the crazyness of gaming, but many of us are doing it and I know you can too.  What helps me the most is going to meetings.  We don't have to do this alone.  If you'd like to try some meetings, you can find the meeting schedule here.  Hope to see you around.


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Welcome, glad you're here.  I tried for years to control my gaming or stop it for a while or shift my focus to the important things in life, but wasn't able to do it until I met other people who had found success in stopping the compulsive gaming and turning their lives around.  Once I tried what had worked for them, I got similar results.  No games for many months now and life just keeps getting better.  I found these people in the meetings.  Hope to see you there.

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Thanks for sharing, i can

Thanks for sharing, i can relate a lot to what your writing. Welcome to Olga, there's a solution to be found here. Going to a lot of meetings and connect with other recovering gaming-addicts is a wonderful tool to create a new life, 

keep coming back :)

Never alone, go to meetings <3 Mumble voice meetings on cgaa are great, see you there <3


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