Coping With My Addiction Without Ditching the Game Altogether?

I'm addicted to Wow and have been for.. errmm.. 2 years. I know it's really having a detrimental effect on my life in several ways. I don't spend as much time with my kids or husband as I should. The house gets neglected alot.

For me, Wow was a crutch during a severe chemically-induced depression. (I'm bipolar 2 and my former OB doctor put me on the wrong kind of medication and it put me into a deep, clinical depression.) I'm no longer clinically depressed (though I do still battle depression and anxiety on a daily basis.)

I'm so used to being ingame and I'm finding it hard to find anything outside of the game interesting. I kinda feel like I go from one obsession to the next and if I got rid of Wow, I'd just go on to another obsession.

I want to play the game less. I don't want to get rid of it entirely. Any ideas?

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5 Responses Dec 22, 2008

Start exercising to get into better shape.<br />
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Once you are in better shape, you'll not only feel better but you will be able to do chores that much faster, resulting in more free time to play and faster reaction times in game.

I am wondering how things are going. It's been almost a year since you wrote of your addiction to WoW. So is it still an issue? Have you decided to take the plunge and go for the new expansion, or have you decided to hang up your mouse and go outside for a change?<br />
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I understand the addiction. I'm lucky, in that I don't have an easily addicted personality, so while this game sucked me in, and I found it enormously useful for stress reduction after work and the like, I was never in a place where I couldn't walk away and do something else. <br />
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BUT, I totally understand how it could become an addiction, an alternate reality to hang out in where you don't have to think about all the crap of day to day life that brings ya down, where the biggest issue is "How am I gonna get some purples so I can go raid?"<br />
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When Blizz decided that my old Apple was too feeble to play their game anymore, I was sad and bored and out of sorts for a few days, but I had performed some private, closure kinds of things for the 'toons I kept, after deleting all my peripheral toons. My core toons are all on two servers, and I will still have them when/if I get a comp that will play WoW again. <br />
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In the meantime, I find that I have time for friends and for other pursuits online that I didn't have before, and it's a good thing. I still have the occasional wish that I could go to Azeroth, but I'm pretty happy just being here, on earth.

without knowing much about your situation I'd suggest working on your social life instead of playing wow. It seems to me the more active and busy a person is with real life hoobies/friends, the less interest they have in games like WoW

I gotta be honest, I kinda find the game boring, and I would never spend money for a monthly subscription to a single game. Maybe you should just lock up the funds for it?

One day, I just decided I would not log on. I closed my account and that was it. <br />
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Good luck...