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New here--hello!

Hello all, 

My name is Andrey, I am 23 and I have been a video game adict for all my life. I have played video games more than I spent doing anything else in my life--be it watching movies, talking to people, reading books, you name it. Thousands upon thousands of hours... Truly scary to think of it. 

I am truly tired of playing. I am sick of feeling out of control. Games have caused a lot of chaos, stress, and feelings of worthlessness and inadeuqcy in my life.  

I am here on this forum because I realized after trying to quit for 2 years that I cannot do this by myself. My summer goal is to buckle the hell down--do whatever needs to be done--and take control of this addiction. I'm hoping this site and forum will be helpful--it already has been! 

I'm very excited to become a part of this community! It has been an incredible relief to find a group of people who are struggling with this addiction like me. I have always been ashamed to tell people. And the few friends I did tell did not take me seriously--they thought it was a little funny when I told them I had a problem with games.

Best, 
Andrey

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Hi Andrey and welcome to Olga

Hi Andrey and welcome to Olga.  I'm glad you found us.  Quitting gaming is just plain hard, but doing it with others in the same boat makes is much easier.  We understand because we've been there.  I wanted to stop gaming for a year before I was able to and I don't think I could have stayed stopped if I hadn't found this website.  What I found that helps the most is meetings.  It gives me accountability as well as motivation to help me stay game free.  Stopping gaming is hard enough, but staying stopped is even harder.  If you'd like to attend some meetings, here's a link to the meeting list:  http://www.olganon.org/forum/line-meetings-message-board/all-online-meetings-computervideo-gaming-addicts   Most of them are held on Mumble, and you can find a link on that page on how to connect to Mumble if you're not familiar with it.

Best of luck to you.

 

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson

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Silvertabby, 

Silvertabby, 

Thank you for your words of support! I will defiitely try to join one tomorrow.

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Welcome Dre !

Welcome Dre !

Glad you found us.

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Welcome Dre, happy to have u

Welcome Dre, happy to have u here on this community!

I can totally relate with what you wrote about not being taken seriously. But this is a real addiction, and our collective stories are proof of that.

Something that works for me is going to face-to-face NA-meetings. Essentially addiction is the same no matter the substance (dope, alcohol, games). It can be nice to get out of the house and meet some new people

See you !

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

 

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Thanks for the reply wazzapp,

Thanks for the reply wazzapp, I was actually thinking of doing just that. I think I'll start with the mumble meetings like Polga suggested, and then also try the face-to-face meetings. Just being on this website alone helps a ton so I can imagine talking live to others is even better like you said! 

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Nice Dre! Sounds like you are

Nice Dre! Sounds like you are on the right track! Yes I agree, reading and posting here is a great way to stay game-free =)

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

 

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Looking forward to hear more

Looking forward to hear more from you and your progress =)

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Thans wazzapp, so far so good

Thans wazzapp, so far so good :) 

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Happy to hear you are doing

Happy to hear you are doing good =) 

I re-read your original post. Yes it's really scary that we have spent literally thousands upon thousands of hours on gaming. Thanks for your reminder of that, sometimes i forget =)

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

 

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