New to this site, looking for help.

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New to this site, looking for help.

Hello all.

I just found this site because I have just recently come to terms with the fact that I am addicted to playing video games. I have been playing them since I was 6 years old (am now 30) and my excessive gaming has become a severe liability on my life now. I'm a father of a new son and my wife is pregnant again and due in february. She has come to not trust me anymore based on my previous habits of putting off everything else in order to play games. 2 days ago (day before thanksgiving) I deleted ALL the games off of my phone and ALL the games/save files/programs that run games off of our computers. I now find myself unable to think about anything but playing Hearthstone or VainGlory (Mobile MOBA, like a smaller version fo League of Legends) and wanting to watch videos of the upcoming releses of Overwatch and Hearthstone League of Explorers Adventure.

I recognize that my habits have already started deteriorating the things I hold most precious in my life, which are my relationships with my wife, son, and my siblings/father/friends. I want it to stop, but at the same time want to just put it all off and keep playing games. I'm struggling and just wish I could turn it off.

I'll keep poking around the website to see what I can find, and I hope this is posted in an appropriate spot.



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Welcome Mac. Glad you are

Welcome Mac. Glad you are here. Thanks for telling us your story.

Withdrawal symptoms and cravings after stopping are widely reported, especially in the first few days

There is plenty of experience and info on this site; I hope you find what you need.

All the best to you.


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Welcome Mac!  What you describe is what so many of us have gone through.  What helped me the most was coming to the online meetings here and hearing others share going through what I did and what they've done to get free of gaming.  It also helped me to understand what to expect in the first few weeks of trying to quit gaming.  Here is the list of meeting times

Hugs, Lisa Video game free since 4/17/2014

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hello Mac, I told myself once

hello Mac, I told myself once that i am going to stop gaming when i will find my spouse (stopped for sometime but relapsed again). Then i said okay, i will stop when my wife become pregnant (didn’t work), well then okay i will stop when i will have a kid (didn’t work as well). The only thing that worked is coming to this website, read the posts , reposting and start making connections with other fellows in here.

"Recovery is not about dealing with gaming. Recovery is about dealing with Life"

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