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Hello people,

My name is Erik from Seattle, WA. The last time I played video games was 6 months ago. I found Game Quitters about 2 years ago when I was in a real down spiral and trying to figure out how to fix things. I always sort of knew there was something wrong with the way I was fixated on video games, especially competitive ones. For the longest time too I was in denial that it was a real problem. The days would just fly by. My only goal was to maximize the amount of time I played each day, and it was only a matter of time before things began to completely unravel. I had stopped attending college and was lying to my Mom that I was still going to class, all the while feeling totally miserable about where my life was. Gaming had evolved from an enjoyable pastime, to an unhealthy obsession, to an escape from my reality. I knew I needed to change things for the better.

It was a long road, filled with countless failed attempts to give up on gaming, but here I am now -- confident and on a much better path. I finally graduated from college last week and have been sort of reflecting on my journey so far and wanted to reach out to this community to share a bit of my story and offer support where I can.

If I can offer some parting advice, it would be to keep trying and never give up. If you know that gaming is causing real problems in your life, you have to do what it takes to better yourself and quit. If that means ditching your accounts, your PC or console, your gaming buddies, then do it. If quitting didn't work last time, it doesn't mean this time it won't work. You have to keep trying. If you only made it one day before relapsing, make it to two days. Just don't give up and keep trying because you can change and you deserve it.

 

See you around,

Erik

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