One small step for me, one giant leap in recovery

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One small step for me, one giant leap in recovery

Hi, my name is Justin, I am 17, and I'm a gaming addict. Well, that's how an AA introduction would have started, and I now realize how my addiction and an alcoholic's addiction are exactly the same. We both use something to forget about problems in our lives. That's what games have been doing for me. I've either felt anxious, nervous, or depressed, and that compelled me to play. I finally realized my addiction was a problem when I would wake up early on a weekend, rush to my computer and play games, even though I didn't want to. I didn't feel like playing, but yet, I still played. I started to look up symptoms of gaming addiction, and that's what lead me here. I was hesitant to join this site at first, I thought I was better than this, but after reading some posts, I finally found a place where there are people just like me. My main goal at the end of my recovery is to boost my grades back up. Every year of high school just gets worse for me. My average was a 90% in the ninth grade, an 85% in the tenth, but now they have plunged into the low 60s in my eleventh. I have tried going cold turkey from games before, only to find that I crawl back to games. It's a vicious cycle. I don't make the grade, making me feel upset and sad, I go to games because I am sad, and I lose valuable study time because of my gaming, and then I get worse grades because of my lack of study time. This cycle just keeps going on. I use games to escape from reality, just, "forget that anything happened". I found that when I game, if I'm interrupted, I lash out at my family, and I never talk about how long I've been gaming, two tell tale signs of addiction. Well, it stops here. This is my one chance to change my life. This is, my first step. I, Justin, have a gaming addiction, and this is a problem.

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Welcome to OLGA Justin !

Welcome to OLGA Justin !

Great that you have woken up to the negative effects on your life from gaming.


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Welcome Justin!  So many of us gaming addicts have gone through exactly what you are.  Congrats on taking step one!!!  What helped me and most of us was the online meetings here  The 1:30pm EST and 10:00pm EST ones have the most people.  When I first started going, just hearing others share going through exactly what I was was a huge relief and hearing them share how they got free and how much better life was gave me hope and direction.  Hope to see you in one!

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

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