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Table Of Contents

Foreword
Chapter 1:
Gaming Addiction Basics
Chapter 2:
Make The Decision To Change
Chapter 3:
Get Rid Of The Temptations
Chapter 4:
Get Support From Family And Friends
Chapter 5:
Get Involved In Life
Chapter 6:
What You Miss Out On If Your Hooked On Games
Wrapping Up

Foreword
Video game addiction is a new concept of addiction with the introduction of video games in the last 20 years or so. It is considered to be a psychological addiction, as opposed to a physical one and a person who lives with this type of addiction feels compelled to spend a lot of time playing video games alone or with friends. Get all the info and help you need here.
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Chapter 1:
Gaming Addiction Basics
Synopsis
Addiction in any form is a chronic, but treatable, brain disorder. People who have an addiction cannot control their need for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gambling and even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. This lack of control is the result of chemical changes in the brain and those changes, in turn, cause behavior changes.
The Basics
Video game addiction is a new concept of addiction with the introduction of video games in the last 20 years or so. It is considered to be a psychological addiction, as opposed to a physical one and a person who lives with this type of addiction feels compelled to spend a lot of time playing video games alone or with friends.
The most addictive types of video games are massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) and anyone can have access to them on the web.
This type of play involves the participants taking on the identity of a character in the game which can be private or public. For private game rooms, participants are invited by the host.
A key is required to enter this room to participate. For public game rooms, anyone can enter and participate. Many people who are heavily involved in games like World of Warcraft and RuneScape are at risk of developing a video game addiction.
Over time, the addicted person’s world starts to become smaller as they isolate themselves from social links with people in the real world and spend most of their free time playing these games.
Other signs of video game addiction include the following:
Spending several hours each day playing video games

Neglecting work or family responsibilities in order to play
Using sick or vacation days to get more time to play video games
Neglecting to eat, sleep, or bathe in order to play • Feeling angry or depressed if you can’t play video games.

Chapter 2:
Make The Decision To Change
Synopsis
To overcome an addiction, you have to take some measures yourself. The first is to admit that you have an addiction problem. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, gambling or video games. You have to recognize that you have all the symptoms of addiction and need help. When you have convinced yourself that you are addicted and need help, only then can you start on the path of recovery.
Decide
The level of assistance you require will depend on the severity of your addiction. If you feel that you only live to play video games then you may need counseling or professional medical help. This is the best way of over-coming your addiction but may come with a high financial cost.
With this method you will be put on a program that will involve medical prescriptions as well as a change of lifestyle and hobbies.
For cases that are not so severe, you need to get support from friends and family to overcome your addition problem. You have to be open with them and tell them about your addiction.
When they know that you want to stop the addiction, they can help by ensuring that you spend more time with them doing other interesting things like going to the movies, playing physical games that you like, visiting interesting places, starting new hobbies etc.
You can also help yourself by ensuring that you spend more time with family and friends. Make them the priority in your life and you will be spending more time with them and doing new things with them.
By doing so, you will find that you have less time to spend on your addiction and will soon lose the craving for it. As you start having interest in other new things, your addiction will soon be a thing of the past and you can move on.

Chapter 3:
Get Rid Of The Temptations
Synopsis
In order to overcome an addiction, you have to recognize the temptations of the addiction.
Get A Grip
When you know what are the temptations to the addiction you can try to avoid them. To do so you need self control. Most addiction happens due to failures of self control.
Executive control is the ability to control unwanted behaviors. It also refers to a collection of cognitive functions such as attention, planning, memory, initiating actions and inhibiting them.
When our impulses get the better of us, a failure in executive control is often the cause and blame. These failures can be diminished by training our working memory.
It is believed that people with less working memory have poor executive functioning and training working memory improves executive control.
Working memory is at work when the brain is busy working on analysis of what you are doing. That means if you are doing or experiencing a new hobby or interest, your working memory is also functioning and is in control. No time for failures to creep in. Less chance to be tempted back onto the addiction.
You can also help yourself by ensuring that you ask for assistance from family and friends. They can assist you by ensuring that you spend as little time as possible by yourself.
This will help eliminate temptations and cravings for your addiction. They can also help you in taking up new hobbies and interests which will all contribute in enhancing your working memory.
As time goes by, you might start to like some of these new hobbies or interests and totally forget about your addiction. Spend more time doing these new healthy interests. When this happens you are now on the road to recovery. Take the time to thank all family and friends for their support and assistance.

Chapter 4:
Get Support From Family And Friends
Synopsis
The best remedy for an addiction is to get support from your friends and family. This assistance can be in the form of financial (for medical treatment), psychological and companionship. With friends and family, they will always be around to ensure that you stay on the right track to recovery.
Using Help
Your mental and physical health will always be their priority. That means that you will always have someone to be with you during your free time so that you have less distractions and temptations.
They can take turns looking in on you and making sure you are staying on the right track to recovery.
If your addiction is chronic, you may require medical assistance to overcome this addiction. This medical treatment can be a long drawn affair with many visits to the medical professional.
This type of treatment can also be very costly and can run into the thousands. Most families are willing to help even in this situation. They are willing to sacrifice time and money when it involves a family member.
Friends can also play a big part in your recovery. They can involve you in new interests, hobbies and adventure. With all these new events happening, you will have less time to brood on your addiction and temptations.
You will find that your new interests will start to take up more and more of your free time and this will start you on the road to recovery from your addiction.
Be more open with new friends and interests. Get to experience new things with friends and family. You might even get addicted to a new hobby that is healthy and beneficial.
There are many healthy hobbies like cycling, futsal, cooking and an endless list of other hobbies and interests.

Chapter 5:
Get Involved In Life
Synopsis
To stop doing something that is taking a toll on you in terms of finances, time, health and family and friends, you have to focus on a new chapter of your life that involves new friends, new interests and family. Most addiction puts a strain on a person’s health, finances, social standing with friends and family.
Do Something Else
There are many new things happening everyday in our lives. It is actually very easy to get involved in many of them as they are exciting and can change a person’s way of life.
There are new technologies, new sports, new applications, new recipes, new retail concepts, new movies, new clubs and the list goes on.
By indulging yourself in some of them, you will find that you will also find new friends. With new friends you will also spend more time away from your addiction and more time with them.
As you start spending more time in your new endeavors, your cravings for your addiction will start to shift to these new experiences. With this shift, you will start forgetting about your addiction and be more focus on your new experiences.
When you start participating in some of these new experiences, you will meet new friends who might have interests that are new and exciting to you. Join them and experience these new feelings.
It could be going to a new restaurant, a new club, a new resort or a new place. They may also be involved in a sport that you are not familiar with. Sports like, scuba diving, cave diving, rock climbing, jungle trekking, para gliding, hang gliding and others.
Go out and enjoy all these wonderful new experiences with friends and family. You will have more wonderful memories to cherish. Your friends and family will also be happier with a new and better you.

Chapter 6:
What You Miss Out On If Your Hooked On Games
Synopsis
Most people do social networking by attending these events which are in themselves very warm and friendly.
What You Miss
They meet new friends and also meet up with old friends and family at many of these events. With new friends comes new contacts and opportunities.
New contacts are a great way of enhancing your career or business. These new contacts may give you a boost to your career or even to your business.
These new contacts may even be a good lead to new places, new restaurants, new shopping areas, latest news and so on. Many people actually find their soul mates in some of these events. You also catch up on news about friends and family during these events.
The reason why some people are still single is because they do not like to socialize. When you are not involved in society, you get forgotten and remain lonely.
This is not much different from a person who is addicted to video games. These types of gamers spend almost all of their awake time in front of the computer playing their favorite video games. They shun away from friends and family.
They dislike crowded areas. They become an outcast to friends and family. The only family they have are probably other gamers who also play the games online. They also share the same fate of loneliness and being a social outcast.
Wrapping Up
For those people who spend most of their lives in front of a computer playing video games, they will more often than not, be missing out on birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, house-warming parties, barbecue parties, Christmas parties, new year parties, new movies, engagement parties and many more.
Imagine a live without all these wonderful moments. It is very sad and lonely. Change it today.