I'm new here, but have been reading all the posts and can't believe how many lives gaming can destroy. I am here to try to get some help for my husband, or ex-husband as yesterday he told me he wants a divorce! 10 years of marriage, a 7yo son and me being 30 weeks pregnant does not seem to interest him anymore.
We have been in bliss for nearly 15 years then about 4 months ago it all started, I should never have nagged him to quit smoking because that addiction just changed to an addiction to gaming on his phone. He laughed it off at first and said he just needed something to do with his hands and to get his mind off smoking so I was cool with it. But it turns out that this is much more of a health hazzard. It has become so bad that he only gets afew hours sleep at night, he has dropped 2 pant sizes because he hardly eats and he seems to have lost interest in all things he once loved (including me).
His game of choice is Game of War - he has gone from forgetting where he left his phone to it never leaving him, even when he goes to the toilet. He is constantly playing this game, even on Christmas day when we were surrounded by family, some of whom we havent seen for a year, he couldn't stay off the game. He has also met another person through this game who he says he enjoys talking to. This other woman and he have started "sexting" I guess it would be and she has told him of her love for him! I think this all to be one of the catfishing schemes or similiar but he does not believe so and simply enjoys her company more than mine, never mind she is in another country!
So as upsetting as this is to me that he now wants a divorce I would like to try and help him as he is still the father of my son and unborn child. I asked him to quit the game and go back to smoking but now he just does both! I have been reading worse case scenarios like suicide etc. and do not want him to go down this road. It is has affected his life so dramatically, even though he cant see it, so please any thoughts on how to get him back to reality.