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My Story

Hello everyone! I'm a struggling game addict! Ever since I was around 4 or 5 I got my first console and gradually playing when I was around 10 my addiction started to kick in! I remember stealing my friends video games and lying about taking them! When I became a teenager I completely withdrew from society and tried to comment suicide 4 different times! In the last few year I have become stuck in over $9,500 in debt just from buying video game! Have gained serious weight! I'm always irritated and very short tempered with my girlfriend! I've stolen her credit card multiple time to buy video game! I've stolen video games from several stores! My life seems to spiral down and won't stop! Im always stressed and can't find a since of happiness anymore! Im about to ruin a beautiful relationship I've build with my girlfriedn over the past 2 years! And not to mention I failed to buy her and anniversary preset because I had no money from but video games! I've also lost a countless number of jobs from lack of showing up because of video games! It's just ruining my life and I'm and my end of being unhappy! I want my life back and need help but don't know what to do and don't have any support!

Jacob Middleton

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Welcome to OLGA! Thanks for

Welcome to OLGA! Thanks for sharing your story.

You may find this post helpful to start you off

or just start listening in on one of the meetings. The schedule and directions on how to connect are on this post:



Parent's online meeting THURSDAY 9pmEST/EDT click here

Online meetings gaming addicts click here

Spouses/SO's of addicts click here

Parents of addicts click here for advice

Help for video game addicts click here

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Welcome Jacob!  Your story is

Welcome Jacob!  Your story is a lot like mine.  Neglected relationships, wasted money, job problems, lack of control, low self esteem.  Compulsive gaming brought me low, and then lower, and then lower still.  When I tried to wrestle with it and gain control, it brought me even lower.

It's possible to end the cycle and change our lives for the better.  If I can do it, you can too.  I heard from other people what withdrawal symptoms and struggles I could expect, and rode them out, knowing they pass.  I learned from others about the most effective attitudes to adopt and actions I could take to make it easier.  I had so many urges to go back to gaming, but talking with my sponsor and other people here pulled me through.  Their encouragement and guidance made it possible for me to have a new life today.  I hope you'll give yourself a shot and give it a try.  Keep posting about your progress!

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Welcome! you're in the right place

Hi Jacob - welcome! I'm glad you came here, because you will find the resources to help. Quitting gaming is hard, but if you get into a 12 step program in real life, it will make it much easier and give you the support to stick with it. The first part will be the hardest. And the most important thing is being willing to be honest with yourself and those around you. I'm early in my own recovery, but have been struggling with being honest with my family and boyfriend about how much I hid the gaming from them. Read what's on the forums here - there are a lot of people whose stories are like yours, who have managed to stop. and definitely find a 12-step group near you. Doesn't matter if it's an AA group mostly for drinking. Addiction is addiction and finding a group to help you without judgment makes all the difference in the world.

Come back and let us know how you're doing. I'm on this board all the time now, because I come here whenever I'm in front of the computer and have the urge to game...  LOL  so that's a lot. 

You can do this!

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