How I quit Starcraft 2

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How I quit Starcraft 2

Now, for the past several years, I've been playing Starcraft 2 like crazy (for a teenager). At least 3 hours on weekdays, and usually 8-12 hours on weekends. I was a reasonably bright kid and could still keep straight A's while playing video games this much. It was this year, however, when things started getting bad. I was accepted to a prestegious boarding school and prestegious is analagous in this sense to EXTREMELY demanding. Naturally, I could not keep up with the academics here and with my Starcraft 2 playing. I chose the latter. I was very dissapointed in myself, considering all the effort my parents make to put me at this school.

I see people here sit down right after dinner and knock out 3 hours of homework every day, with exceptions sometimes (weekends usually have more work). That's what I needed to do. There was only one obstacle: Starcraft 2. I played so much that sometimes, that I would skip breakfeast, lunch, and dinner, not to mention sports. This had to stop. I did some research and found out on a forum post that I would have to email privacy@blizzard.com to have my account deleted. In my state of motivation, I emailed privacy@blizzard.com to ask them to delete my account completely, and so the state of no return began... no Starcraft 2 for the rest of my life.

Unfortunately, things hadn't gone as planned. Shortly after sending the email, video game withdrawl came in. I had already finished arrangements for not playing SC2 anymore; I deleted all the SC2 related files on my computer and prepared myself mentally for the hardships to come. I would have to wait 14 days for my account to be deleted. Unfortunately, the hardships won and the very next day, I had SC2 back on my computer and had sent an email to privacy@blizzard.com to disregard my previous email. That's when things started getting really bad. My mindset: "Temptation will always get the better of me, so what's the point?".

Several weeks after that failed attempt, my mom came to my school for meetings with teachers (that included me). She was not happy, but also not the kind of person to get angry. She left me to my own devices with the feedback from teachers. The week after, I sent blizzard an email again, stating that I would like to delete my account. The standard reply came, claiming that I would have to wait 14 days for my account to be deleted. My new strategy was this: Play it all out, but NEVER, EVER, cancel my account deletion process. So for two weeks, I played even more than I did before (if that was even possible) and screwed up much of my academics, knowing that the next quarter I would be free from SC2.

The day finally came: 14 days from October 6, the day I sent for my account to be deleted. It didn't happen, so I waited another day. That day, I was still going all out on SC2, so I waited another day. Then I finally was compelled into action by a recent 71 I received on my math test. I literally sh** myself metaphorically. I sent an email to Blizzard in a paniced state of mind from seeing where my grades would be going if I continued playing SC2. I got a reply, saying that there was recent activity and that the people in charge of deleting my account halted the process. Well, there was no doubt about the recent activity on my account. I quickily shot back an email stating that I would like for my account to be deleted regardless of activity. Two days later (Today), I wouldn't be able to play SC2 even if I wanted to, and believe me, I WANTED to.

In the following weeks, I plan to involve myself in clubs every day and invest all my free time to studying or practicing piano or clarinet. I practiced in total about 2 hours of music, ran a 6 minute mile (with a lot of other workouts) in cross-country, and played an hour game of chinese checkers with my math teacher and other very smart people, which I lost terribly. I see myself recovering from my addiction and actaully becoming something in the future. That's my story, and it always gets longer. I'll keep everyone posted on how I cope with withdrawl and temptation and my progress as I become completely clean. From what I've heard, a video game addiction is harder to break than a crack-cocaine addiction so wish me luck; I'll need it.

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Welcome to OLGA, Applesss. 

Welcome to OLGA, Applesss. Having good things to do that you enjoy and that will keep you busy will help. Another thing that might help is getting involved with the fellowship of recovering gaming addicts...I know that substitute activities alone would not have worked for me. If you click on the meetings tab at the top of the page you'll see all the different meeting times that we have. Maybe I'll see you at one some time soon...hugs...

When you're going through hell...keep going. --Winston Churchill There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still --Corrie ten Boom

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Applesss, welcome!! I'm so

Applesss, welcome!! I'm so glad you're here, and that you're seeing the hold this has on your life. :) I've only been sober for about a month, but there were times when I had to literally tell myself, "I can make it through the next five minutes." Then after that, I could focus on the NEXT five minutes. It's hard. I recently read an article that talked about video games as being more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes. CONGRATULATIONS on taking this seriously, and on taking your schooling seriously. Please post here as often as you need to, so you can have accountability and support during your withdrawls. Have you read the section on withdrawls yet?

HUGS!!

Taylor Joy

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Hi Applesss, Welcome to

Hi Applesss,

Welcome to Olga! You are not alone and I am glad you found us. If you can do it alone, I said "that is wonderful." As for me, I could not do it alone and had required alot of help from others to stay-quit. You know where to find us if you are struggling.

I also created a personal blog to share my personal experience with newcomers who are still suffering.

http://olganon.org/?q=node/41941

Let me know if you have questions.

Hugs,

Maggie

It's good to have goals and dreams, but while you're waiting for things to change, waiting for promises to come to pass, don't be discontent with where you are. Learn to enjoy the season that you're in--Pastor Joel Osteen

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Today I just couldn't handle

Today I just couldn't handle it. I planned to play pickup ultimate frisbee with friends but we didn't manage to get enough players and it really dissapointed me. I had WAY too much free time between lunch and detention from skipping sports practices (at 7:30) and told myself that a few "softcore" games were okay. It started out with TF2, then Dungeon Defenders, then Minecraft, and before I knew it, I had to rush to detention. I'm ashamed I just wasted 6 hours where I could have took a run, went to dinner, and practiced clarinet. On the bright side, I managed to knock out a good chunk of homework during detention, so I'm actually glad I had it. Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow.

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Hugs, Applesss.  One day at

Hugs, Applesss. One day at a time can be a hard thing to adjust to, and I know that I certainly wouldn't be doing well if not for the fact that I spend a lot of time here and in meetings. Keep coming back...

When you're going through hell...keep going. --Winston Churchill There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still --Corrie ten Boom

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Big hugs!! Quitting

Big hugs!! Quitting addiction is tough.. I suggest you think about learning ways to deal with free time. I think it's impossible to be busy.. "all the time". For me free time creates anxiety. I've learned ways to deal with that so I can get through tough moments, w/o doing something that hurts me ie:gaming excessively. I spend a bit of time meditating each day. Some people pray.. or spend time reading meaningful uplifting literature..

I think one of the keys to overcoming addiction is learning to calm the mind and heart..

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To occupy my time better, I

To occupy my time better, I created a daily to-do list for myself. I don't know if you will find it helpful or not.

http://olganon.org/?q=node/41945

I also created a daily gratitude list:

http://olganon.org/?q=node/41949

I also like to read, highly recommended book:

"The language of letting go" by Melody Beattie

I also try to learn about the addiction as much as I can:

* How an addict's brain works:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/science-addiction

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/reward/

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/brain-and-addiction

http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/addiction_hijacks_brain.htm

Helpful video "Biology of Addiction & Video Game Addiction" from Dr. Andrew Doan and Melanie Hempe, RN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg9U0IKXPr0

Several helpful Videos "Addiction: Is addiction really a disease?" by Dr. Kevin McCauley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiKVQR90VM&list=PLA8F89537FD4C3FD1

Hugs,

Maggie

It's good to have goals and dreams, but while you're waiting for things to change, waiting for promises to come to pass, don't be discontent with where you are. Learn to enjoy the season that you're in--Pastor Joel Osteen

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Good old SC2. I was doing

Good old SC2. I was doing around 8 hours a night for many months on end. It does not do well for your scores! It does even less for your mood and mental ad emotional state.

It is my experience that blizzard does not delete accounts, (nor does Facebook for that matter). They only deactivate it, and as soon as you request that they reopen it or log in it will come back.

The real trick it to delete the game from your mind, and that only you can do.

gl hf:)

leveling in steps, serenity, sponcys, sponsors, exercise, and sleep, (sanity has been downsized)
sober from all electronic games since 11/19/2010

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