Recovery takes time

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Recovery takes time


I was reflecting on the changes in my life since I last played an online game in earnest. I realised that it was really that moment (25th Dec 2011) when I began a meaningful change. Preceding that I had many relapses over about 3 years, I was full of good intentions and I learned from the relapses; they brought me to that moment on xmas day. 

The point here is it’s nearly June 2015; it’s taken that long to sweat off the toxins of a lifetime of addictions. My addiction to World of Warcraft was the last in a long line of them stretching back to the late 1980s. I am clean now and my sobriety is strong. I am writing this because when I was looking back over the last three and a half years and all the events (most of them ugly and painful) that were meaningful and character building, it was the fury at the game which marked the tipping moment, that final straw that ‘broke the camel’s back’.

 In early 2014 the people here at OLGANON were a profound support. I don’t come on now much, but I never forget the millions out there dealing with this. I am in a far better place than I have been for most of my 45 years of life. As the literature says, I am living life “on ITS terms” and it’s often brutal, and always intense, but its authentic, real and meaningful. 

Sending love to all of you here and people everywhere dealing with addiction and those that don’t realise they’re addicted.



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Adrian, as you discover freedom and healing, consider coming back often to guide others out of the darkness. Your presence at the meetings and perhaps as a leader will help others greatly!

I agree with you recovery takes time: 10 years in the addiction, 10 years out. One way to look at this is if we spent 10 years programming "bad behaviors" in our minds, it will take 10 years to program "healthy behaviors". 

I experienced the same. 10 years in my addiction from 1994 - 2004 requires 10 years of "reprogramming". During 1994-2004 I trained my brain to sleep 2-3 hours a night. It took 10 years for me to "undo" my insomnia. Last night, I slept 9.5 hours!!! This is unheard of during my gaming addiction. I'd be up all night on Friday night gaming!

YES, recovery requires time and patience!

Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD

My Gaming Addiction Videos on YouTube:

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Thanks to the OP and Andrew for your posts. I personally find them very helpful and inspiring.

Andrew, I have also watched your video on youtube about how you "tried" God as a way to intervene your 10-year addiction to gaming. I was happy because you are well on your way to rekindle your relationship with your wonderful wife and son, who made you proud by being one of the top long-distance runners in California.

You are an inspiration to me.

With best wishes,


13 years since first started gaming (2002 - 2015)
Reborn on July 29th, 2015.

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