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 Hello everyone! I know I'm an addict! 
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Joined: Sun May 29, 2016 7:28 am
Posts: 1
Location: Los Angeles, California
State/Province/Country: California
Hi everybody,

My name is Will. I'm from Los Angeles. I've been a video game addict since as long as I can remember, because my brother was really into computers, but he did constructive stuff with it, while I only played games. I am now 39 years old an I still waste, and I mean WASTE, hours of my day in front of the computer. It's not as bad as it used to be as I have outgrown some of my addiction, but I still spend way too much time on a computer as a way to avoid dealing with life.

The handful of times I have been without internet, I start "jonezing" pretty hard. I have used my phone as a hotspot connection (which I found out only lasted me about a day) or find someplace else I can get some internet. Sometimes I can be content with playing some games offline. I would actually be happy if I could just avoid playing DotA 2 almost exclusively. I have about 3800 hours on it, and everytime I look at that number I think about what a waste 99% of those hours were. Sure, there were fun times, but there were also a lot of toxic times. But in the end, all those hours will get me absolutely nothing in the real world, and the reality is actually that I have missed a lot of opportunities to better myself, and who knows what might have happened if I had never touched a video game.

Luckily, I have about 4 years of experience in Marijuana Anonymous and over 3 years of sobriety. So I know how addiction works and I know how recovery works. That is why I am here. I am branching out from my foundation in my current program into other areas, like SLAA, and here.

I used gaming and the internet to get me through the withdrawal from marijuana, and then off of cigarettes, and now I need to get away from the "Video Game Maintenance Program" that I have been using to avoid becoming even mentally, spiritually, and physically healthier. It is just another layer of the onion that I need to peel off so that I can reach more of my potential and uncover my real self. :claps:

Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:45 am

Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 4:04 pm
Posts: 323
Location: Detroit, MI
Welcome, Will. Gaming addiction can be every bit as cunning, baffling, and powerful as any other addiction out there, but sobriety is definitely possible. It's good that you found us here, and I'd really recommend that you start showing up to some of the meetings. Most of the best stuff happens either in the meetings or in the relationships that develop from the meetings that help us support each other in between meetings and through things like stepwork. You won't be the only person here with multiple addictions by any means, although obviously we're going to focus on the one that qualifies all of us for membership. The journey can be hard, but it's well worth it. Glad you found us.

Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:23 pm

Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 3:06 pm
Posts: 968
Location: Charlottesville
State/Province/Country: Virginia
Hi, glad you found us here! I hope to see you in the meetings. We had another person from the LA area looking for a face-to-face meeting. If you write to the LA email on the http://cgaa.info/local-support-groups/ webpage, you might get a response. (Or maybe not, it was a while ago.)

I can relate to plenty of what you wrote. Sounds like you're in the right place. :)

Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:18 pm
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