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Texas Stew
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Support needed in Texas

I am an addict, and I can no longer manage it on my own so I am reaching out for help. Over the last couple years, playing games on my phone has become my addiction of choice but I also battle with gambling & alcohol.

I plan on going to my first AA meeting tomorrow night (Jan 20th). I am 35 and married with two kids, an MBA and in a management role at work. Since it might be hard to find someone in AA who struggles with gaming, I thought I would reach out here. I would really like to hear from someone who is at a similar point in their life and struggles from other addictions as well as gaming.

If there is anyone in the Dallas, TX area I would really like to hear from you as well.

Taking step 1 and I am not going to stop

-Stew

Shawn

My world is not falling apart, it is falling into place

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Welcome Texas

Welcome Texas

We have an accountability thread here that you may wish to join in with

There are also online meetings listed here

I think many people would be interested about how your AA meetings are helpful to your gaming addiction. Other gamers have also recommended them and were welcome with their gaming problem to attend. Perhaps you can feedback about your meetings?

All the best to you

Polga

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Howdy

TexasStew, I am in Austin, geographically, but I am coming from the same place as far as the games. I know this compulsion very well, have had it for many years and it's cost me far too much to list. It truly sucks. However, the good news, you can quit gaming and enjoy life again.

There are a lot of tricks, tools, tips and other stuff you can use to help you get off the games. One of the first things you can try is making a note of when the urge to game strikes. Try just making an X on a card for a couple of days every time the urge stricks. Being aware can help enormously. You might also try making a note of how you feel or what's going on when the urge strikes. The big triggers are HALT - hungry, angry, lonely and tired -- but it could be boredom, anxiety, stress, etc. Simply understanding the source of the urges can help a lot.

Anyway, you've come to the right place. This is the only place, as far as I can tell, where people with the gaming compulsion can get any help. The good news is, it can work. You can do this. You're not beat. You're going to win and get these games out of your life.

 

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