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How to Get Help for Your Video Game Addiction

When you are trying to get help for your video game addiction, working with a therapist makes good sense. He or she will help you to understand why you became addicted to this activity in the first place. Once you have a clear understanding of the underlying causes for your video game addiction, you can learn new, healthier patterns of behavior.

There are some things you can do for yourself when you are trying to get help for your video game addiction. The toughest part in the process is to make the decision that you are going to do something to beat your addiction. Once you have made that choice (and it is entirely your choice), you can start making changes.

The first thing you need to do when you have decided to get help for your video game addiction is to get rid of your video games. This means that all of them must go. Even if you are only addicted to one particular game, you need to stop playing entirely.

The next step is to find another activity to occupy yourself during the times you used to play video games. If you are like many video game addicts, your game playing meant that you weren't interacting with other people very much. It may be challenging to make a change, but find an activity that you will enjoy that involves being with other people.

If there is something you are interested in trying or learning more about, now is the time to explore that. Take up a sport or learn more about photography or painting. You can still use a computer, even though you are a recovering video game addict. Many jobs require using a computer for some tasks, and it wouldn't be realistic to keep away from them for life, but you need to aware of the kinds of situations where you may be tempted to start playing again.

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