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I am not here to bash World of Warcraft or any other video game for that matter; I am just going to share my story of addiction to video games.
At the peak of my addiction, I was playing nearly 80 hours a week; these hours included times of not only playing but studying and researching the games as well. Yes I know that sounds ridiculous but I am going to go through and talk about my experience.
I began playing socially with friends just once or twice a week. It was nothing big at all and I started to get connected into this environment that was created by this game; it was a sub-culture in a way. When my life was all together I barely played, I played when I had time and it was never anything more than this. But when there started to be some hardship in my life I began to try ways to escape reality. I’d do anything to get away from the struggles I was going through and by playing these games; I was avoiding conflict and fighting.
World of Warcraft and Video games became my addiction, the forefront of my life. It was my way to get away from the reality.
When I was going through depression I started to find myself wanting to play more and more video games. On top of video games, I found myself wanting to escape reality and it was a scary thing – A place where you can become someone else without any consequence is a frightening reality.
My addiction was not an addiction to World of Warcraft, rather, it was an addiction to a place where I could go where there was no consequences, no reality, and, most importantly, no concerns.
These types of games create a sub-world and I felt more attached to the world that I played in then the world I actually lived in.
I believe that in some ways we all have our addictions this is what mine happens to be. I do not pretend to be an expert in this situation to really know what addiction is like but I can offer this piece of advice: Learn quickly where you struggle.
It took me almost two years of my life until I realized that I struggled with escaping reality. Just a question to anyone reading this, what is your addiction? What do you struggle with that you tend to lean towards when times get tough? I have heard of Ice cream, work etc… Mine is that when times get stressful I like to escape through video games or such things like that. I am fearful of my addiction and my hopes are that you do not have to fear your struggles.
Christian struggled through and recovered from depression. He likes to write so others can hear his story and know there is hope. His goal is that through sharing, people will be able to see their story within his own.
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