Phone Game Addiction

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Saracen
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Phone Game Addiction

I am recovering from excessive gaming on Clash of Kings and a similar game which ended in a sudden deletion of both games after my spouse discovered the online relationship I had been having whilst playing them. It's been a few weeks now, yet my life has a massive void in it still. I played them constantly, and can now recognise the signs of addiction, namely playing at all hours, withdrawing from family life in order to play, deceiving my partner, playing whilst at work, getting aggressive when asked to stop playing etc. Not to mention the financial burden I created by all the little in app purchases that accumulated. I faced up to the total amount spent and it shocked me. My estimate was well below the mark. I would never have thought it was that bad.
But they are gone now and for that I'm glad, except for the void that I have to fill with other activities. I miss the relationship too, even though it wasn't real. I wonder if getting involved with someone is a common thing to happen whist gaming.
These sort of phone games are designed to get you addicted and to get you to part with your money and I succumbed to them. But I'm through the worst of it now, I hope, and I can't go back to playing them as I made sure everything was given away before I left. Now I have no games on my device, and my life seems empty. But it's early days....

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Thanks for sharing Saracen.

Thanks for sharing Saracen. Keep coming back!

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

 

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Hi Saracen and welcome to

Hi Saracen and welcome to Olga.  It's normal to feel the void after quitting our games.  For most of us addicts, we lived for our games so it's understandable to miss them when we stop playing.  Just know that it does get better.  It takes time, however, for our brains to rewire and find enjoyment in other things.  

And yes, online relationships while gaming are quite common.  Many game as much for the social aspects of the game as for the game itself.  Many of us also had more online friends than real life friends.  So when we stop gaming, we find that we have no real life friends anymore.  But it's never too late to make new friends in real life.

After I quit gaming, I found a recovery buddy that I talked to every day and that was extremely helpful.  Just knowing you're not alone in this makes all the difference.  Now I attend on line meetings and they really help.  If you're interested in attending meetings, check out the meeting schedule here.

 

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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