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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