Hello everyone, before I share my story I want to apologize in advance if this is not the right board to post this since this is my first post on this site and I feel like I need to share my story if you or someone you know is facing a similar problem.
My story starts in junior year of highschool where I first found CSGO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive), I remember playing it for the first time for about one hour then saying how stupid and dumb the game was. Ironically, the next day I was back on the game playing and trying to progress farther in the game and when I mean I tried, I became obsessed with trying to progress. I eventually made it to Gold Nova 2 (I will put rank chart below) and I felt good about myself, but it didn't stop there. I ended up playing most of the weekends and barely talked to my family at home and looking back I missed a lot of my life. Even on Christmas/New Years, I found myself playing. This continued for about two years until I graduated highschool.
once I graduated highschool, the problem became even worse. I got a debit card from my bank and instead of saving my savings, I ended up dumping my entire savings account into the game buying and trading virtual skins. In total, I spent about $2,500 on fake skins to make a gun look better. On top of this, valve (the creators of CSGO) released an update which reset everyone's rank back to nothing, and when I got my new rank I was silver 3. I became even more obsessed with doing well to the point where my grades in college started to drop. I was playing the game everyday for an average of 30 hours per week. This may not seem much, but considering I went to school for the majority of the days, it's a lot. This happened until about last year when I got a job as a janitor. Now, I have had previous summer jobs, but all that hard earned money got sunk into the game. The janitor job saved my life/saving account. Once I got the job and deposited my first paycheck, I saw how much damage I did to myself financially, socially, and mentally. I alienated myself from my family on holidays just so I could play a dumb video game. Ever since I got this job, it's like I replaced the need to do better in a game into real life and financially, I have never been better as I have more than I have ever had in my life.
It felt good typing this out and letting it all out, I hope that my story can help others.