“Happy Endings”

Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for a gradual change? Did it stick?

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In the early 1980’s, I was in the Army, and  I controlled my addiction by committing twenty dollars a paycheck to fulfill my desires. There are times; I would spend the entire allotted twenty dollars at one time, causing me to suffer withdrawals until payday. However, I eventually learned to spread out my allotted monies to satisfy my addictive luxury for two weeks.

To add variety, to my addiction, I changed locations where I would indulge in my addictive behavior to give me a sense of exoticness. I always found others who shared my addiction providing me a sense of family because I was never alone.

I continued to function in my job, receiving several accolades and certificates of achievement for my job performance.

It was the late 1990’s when I recognized, and openly admitted I had an addiction after a weekend camping trip with my children when I lost two days of my life due to my addiction. I made the hard decision to leave my video game console inside my recreational vehicle.

My children did not like this plan, but little did they know how addicted I was to the video game. The idea was not to play video games unless, I was camping and after several years I weaned myself from my addiction simply by not having the temptation around the home.

I have relapsed over the years when I fell prey to video games playing at my friends homes. However the past ten years my iPhone and iPad have provided some temptation; However, I have prevailed to overcome my addiction.

I have succeeded in developing the strength and fortitude not to purchase another game system or allow games on my desktop and laptop. computers.

I have always had the strength to stop playing video games but, I just didn’t. I believe, I eventually evolved past the video game phase of my life. Our, have I?  🙂

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8 thoughts on ““Happy Endings”

  1. Addiction, such an insidious trap that holds us captive until we can find the strength and will power to overcome it’s grasp. Good for you for taking back your control over your video game addiction. It really is a day by day thing.

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  2. I suffer from the same addiction, my friend. My game of choice is called Star Wars The Old Republic. I’ve spent (wasted) hours upon days on that game when I should have been writing. How I handle my addiction, I just give in to it and convince myself that it’s “me time.” Life is short. Do what makes you happy.

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  3. Your struggle to give up video games sounds surprisingly like my struggle to give up alcohol. I went cold turkey on alcohol at the beginning of 2005, although they do give you a small amount of medication to overcome the withdrawals in rehab. But now I’m just coming up to 11 years clean I still don’t have alcohol in my house and although I can be around people drinking alcohol outside the house sometimes I get triggered and have to leave rapidly. My struggle with OCD was different there was no way I could go cold turkey on OCD I had to cut down gradually. Now all my addictions/mental health problems are in recovery and am happier than I have ever been. http://bit.ly/1ER5cLY

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