At My Breaking Point
It is 5:30 am here, and I just woke up to my husband slapping his leg downstairs-he is playing Madden and obviously losing...again. He has been up all night and has not slept at all. He has work this morning, and he does excavation (not totally safe on no sleep). I was up until about 1am making a photo book for my son for his Birthday in a couple of days. We were arguing then because he was yelling, cussing, hitting himself, the couch, etc. I just can’t take it anymore.
This has been going on for YEARS. We have been married 11 years and have 3 children (a 12 year old from my previous relationship, a 6 year old, and a 4 year old). This was also a big issue at the beginning of our marriage. He took a break for quite a while and then got the game again about 6 years ago. We got into a big fight once back then, and I turned the game off. He shoved me into the wall when I was holding our baby girl. That was the only time in our marriage he has ever touched me. He left the house for a week, and when he came home, the game was gone again...for good this time I said. Fast forward to this year. It came back into the house around Christmas time, and our marriage has been going downhill ever since. There has been all-night marathon playing, yelling, screaming, cussing, breaking my coffee table, breaking theTV...you name it. I have threatened divorce more times than I care to admit. I just can’t fathom getting a divorce over a video game, but I feel I have no choice. I am lost-I don’t know what to do. I know how unhealthy this environment is for myself and my children, and I know how unhealthy this is for HIM! I have taken the game away more times than I can count-he always finds a way to get it back. He is so addicted. Please HELP!