What if you decide to "try" it again? After quitting for a period, the game addict may feel it is safe to try play a few games, or limit his game time. This can mislead the person back into gaming binges again. But it is not too long before the game addict is back in the old pattern of too many hours on the game, in spite of all efforts to set limits for only moderate, social gaming. The answer, based on OLGA. experience, is that if you are a game addict, you will never be able to control your gaming for any length of time. That leaves two paths open: to let your gaming become worse and worse with all the damaging results that follow, or to quit completely and to develop a new pattern of game-free, constructive living.
I can quit gaming quite a while between binges; how can I tell whether I need OLGA.? Most OLGA members will say that it's how you game, not how often, that determines whether or not you are an addicted gamer. Many addicted gamers can go weeks, months, and occasionally years between their excessive gaming bouts. During these periods, they may not give gaming a second thought. Without mental or emotional effort, they are able to take it or leave it alone, and they prefer to leave it alone. Then, for some unaccountable reason, or for no reason at all, they go off on a first-class binge. They neglect job, family, and other civic and social responsibilities. The spree may be prolonged for days or weeks. When it is over, the addicted gamer is usually weak and remorseful, determined never to let it happen again. But it does happen again. This type of "periodic" excessive gaming is baffling, not only to those around the addicted gamer, but also to the person still gaming. He or she cannot understand why there should be so little interest in gaming at times, and so little control over it once they start gaming again. The periodic gamer may or may not be a game addict. But if gaming has become unmanageable and if the periods between excessive gaming becomes shorter, chances are the time has come to face up to the problem. If the person is ready to admit to being an addicted gamer, then the first step has been taken toward the continuing sobriety enjoyed by others of OLGA members. The primary purpose of OLGA. is to carry its message of recovery to the addicted gamer seeking help. Regardless of the road we follow, we all head for the same destination, recovery of the addicted gamer. Together, we can do what none of us could accomplish alone. We can serve as a source of personal experience and be an ongoing support system for recovering gamers.
Edited by: Xandtar at: 11/25/06 23:24