Quit WoW Addiction, Win at Life.

clean and sober

I haven't logged in for 10 months. I quit because I played the game nonstop. It was the first thing I did in the morning and I stayed logged in until I fell asleep some time in the early morning. The only time I ever did anything else was during system maintenance, on Tuesday mornings.

My entire life was out of balance. I felt unable to cope with real life, and thousands of hours of precious time were lost. Maybe I got into the game because I was depressed, but playing the game didn't bring me out of my depression.

One day, I asked my best friend to keep my authenticator and talk me out of logging in if I asked for the number. Then, I changed my password to one I had never used that wasn't easy to remember. I didn't write it down anywhere. Meanwhile, I planned several things for myself that I knew I would enjoy intensely: trips to visit friends, art projects, reading. I deleted the game from my computer, but left all my characters there. I did NOT sell off or give away anything. I just walked away.

The few friends I felt I wanted to keep in touch with, I invited to be my friend on Facebook. Most of them friended me, but only a few of them still chat with me at all. Some of these 'friends' did not care about me at all outside the game. I have reconnected with my real life friends and family.

Despite KNOWING the game isn't good for me, I do miss it sometimes, and I'm very tempted to play it. However, it has gotten easier as time goes by. For one thing, it would be difficult to log in. I can't remember the password and I no longer have the authenticator. I did tell my friend I wanted to play several times, and he talked me out of it using the same reasons I had given him for quitting.

As fun as WOW is to play, it's ultimately very unhealthy for those of us who have addiction tendencies. There are those people who can play one or two hours a week, but this forum isn't for them.

I am MUCH happier and healthier since I quit. Once again, I am doing things that I used to love. Instead of living a fantasy, I am experiencing life the way I want to.

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one week into detox

I started playing wow about a year ago. And soon it went into an addiction. I had loads of fun, met some new people there and was thrilled by the excitement of raids and dungeons. I think at some point though I stopped enjoying it, maybe after my first character leveled to 80. Or maybe when the leader of my first guild started ordering me around. Or maybe it was the people screaming at me in randoms because I didn't have a prefab spec. Probably it was a combination of things, but I didn't really notice it myself.
The first guild experience I had wasn't all that good, apart from it being small which I liked, the leader was very bossy. I met a few nice people there though. After a while I got to know the guild leader a bit better and I thought I could trust him with some of my personal beliefs. Made me into a total fool and the next day torn me down publicly in the guild. So it was bye bye guild.
I was pretty shaken up after this, how foolish to trust someone I never met. Eventhough I met my boyfriend (with who i now live together and have been together for 5 years) during another game online. So i became more tentative towards people in the game. The next guild I was to join couldnt have been better. Though it took one of the members several weeks to convince me to join. This guild was a bit better, but it had a lot of diferent personalities in it that all seemed to work together somehow and have loads of fun. The very warmly took me and my boyfriend in and made me feel very welcome. Some people in that guild really went out of their way to help other people or have some fun together.
If it weren't for this guild I would have probably stopped playing earlier, not that I'm blaming them or anything. But soon I was leveling alts to 80 as well and started to put more and more time in the game. My real life started to suffer quite bad. One time I was hacked and didn't know that reinstating all the stuff was that easy, so I had alreayd figured I would stop playing cause I would never be able to muster the energy to do all that work again. It felt like a relief, and I should have stopped right then and there because of that realisation. But soon people told me how easy it was to get my stuff back, and so I did.
On uni my work started to slack... called my friends less and less.. slowly stopped doing all the things I like... neglecting the need for meaningful and constructive activities. My boyfriend also imersed himself in the game, but since he works fulltime only had the opportunity to play in the evenings. So he never got as addicted as I was. But our relationship did go downhill, we were gaming together.. but so disconnected from eachother at times... very sad.
I tried limiting my gametime in a number of ways, but I wasn't strong enough, so I went on the internet and looked for similar stories. I was amazed at the amount of people in the exact same, or even way worse trouble than me. Reading their stories convinced me I needed to stop, which is now about a week ago.
The first few days I had big moodswings, from enjoying life to the fullest to being so irritable I didn't know what to do. BUt I guess thats part of the detox really. I'm amazed about the amount of things I've been able to do. When you quit wow after being addicted, suddenly you have this endless sea of time. I started doing wonderful things and useful things, meaningful and constructive stuff. To be honest, just after a week I don't really think about it a lot anymore. The worst thing is not being able to chat with all those lovely people in the guild every evening. But the game itself I'm not really missing.
After reading the processes behind the game, how people are made to be addicts I don't think I will ever go back. Push the button and get a treat, it's that simple. I don't want my brain to be tampered with or controled by simple conditioning. Do a quest, get gold, gear, rep, exp.. you finished a task so easily, but then theres endless other tasks waiting for you in the neverending spiral of questing, gearing, leveling, rep, professions, pvp etc etc etc.
This is why the game got boring for me. I don't like to do the same thing over and over again, especially not if I'm paying to be entertained. Reading a book, going outside or even playing different types of games feels much better now.
What did I gain from this? I know now that I'm susceptible to this kind of thing. I know that when i will become a parent once to watch out for these processes and protect my children. And surely not become one of those gaming moms that don't have a moment for their kids... those are the saddest stories I read about wow :(
What did I loose in the proces? a whole lot of time, energy and temper. But I just discovered a few days ago how cheery I can actually be. Quit wow guys and discover what a nice person you really are!! :)

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WoW ruined my life

I had it all.

I was popular, people looked up to me and I had a nice girlfriend.

Then this game came into my life and everything changed. I locked myself up inside of my house and shut myself out from the rest of the world. I started to play Wow for long hours, ignoring the outside world.

The game ultimately consumed me. I became the game. I was not happy unless I was on sever and in the game. There was always something to do when I was on it, whether it be pursuing the next quest or waiting for the raid the next night. Even when I was relaxing and not playing I would sit on the server and just chat with my buddies in the guild. I ate all of my meals in front of the computer so that I could be in the game while I did this. I stopped caring about real life because the game for me became real life. I would sleep on the couch next to my computer so that I would never be away from it. I sometimes would stay up until I could barely keep my eyes open and could barely hold the mouse so I could continue playing until I dropped from weariness into a deep slumber. Immediately after waking up I would relog into the game.

I lost most of my real life friends who stopped calling after I ignored them repeatedly for the game. I gained 30+ pounds because I sat on my computer all the time. And I looked like total crap because I had stopped attending to my basic needs such as shaving and going for days without a shower.

I lost my girlfriend, my job and most of my friends. In addition I ruined my health by eating fast food all the time and staying up all the time to stare at a computer screen.

This game ruined my life.

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A way to quit

Well the just of thing. i played wow since ending of 05 and now i 'm hear today. First of which, i want addictive at first so the few years i wasnt even playing it now i do. But there is a way, it may take you off fore a few months or more but here you go. for some people this is hard but go to your main character and do this with the others and then press "delete character," type in delete then walk away and turn off the screen....once u do that walk away and ask someone if they can hit the enter key for you and so it's done. for life experience i did that and i was upset for days but i got over it and now I'm back on it since Burning crusades came out and "close" to lich king and ever since i just remembered my password and press that terrible button "Create Character" and i am stuck once more =( but thats OK i guess i have 2 balance MY TIME, if u cant quit just put on the time restriction and there you go =)

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Quit WoW for good.

Its 2011. I started playing WoW when I first got engaged in 2006.
The game is totally designed to keep you playing. If you are a type A personality, you want to succeed at the highest level possible--- In WOW: That means getting into the best guild you can, getting the best gear possible.
I used to be involved in martial arts, semi professional bodybuilding, along with running heavily. I was fit, and ready to take on the world. Over the last decade all of that has deteriorated. Real life just became less interesting. It sounds so terrible to type that in.. but it is how I felt. I could go on and on... on how gaming in general is bad for you, if done to excess. Lets face it... people don't even exercise and eat right working a 9-5 job. How healthy do you think the average hardcore gamer is? Not healthy in the slightest. Blizzard takes your money, and potentially your health and life goals along with it. We as a society are distracted enough from taking care of ourselves. Do we need to add another job of playing a game on top of it?
I for one got too sucked into playing for hours each day. How many more books could I have read? How many more paintings could I have done? How fast would my 1 mile time be? I used to look like a frickin greek god statue. Now? I have a WoW gut and a double chin... all for epics... Wow indeed.... just wow. Get your crap together wow addicts... cause once its all done, all that will remain is a lighter wallet with life having literally passed you by.

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A functioning wowaholic

My wow story starts back in 2005/2006 when this guy at work told me about this amazing online game (wow).

This guy was heavy set, a pig hunter, had a beard and tattoos up his arms. He was not your typical wow player by a long shot and you would picture him at the local pub not sitting on a mount in Stormwind.

He spoke of bloody battles against tyrannical bosses, countless hours running dungeons with guildies and this land called Azaroth. He was a Warrior which suited his personality well.

At about the same time my best mate started to play and tried to get me to play. It took him and other friends a whole year to get me to play. I was working full time and didn't really see why i should pay someone (Blizzard) to play their game.

I've always played FPS and paying to play seemed weird. Eventually i took up the game in 2008 just before WOTLK was released. I rolled a hunter and this is the only main toon i have ever had. I have dabbled in other classes, even immersed myself in twinking and started on a few other toons.

At first i was no hardcore gamer, my friends had to teach me everything and i often found myself logging off and pursuing real life activities leaving my mates online to all hours of the night.

I knew so many people in real life who played and this made it conducive to me as i could socialize with people i knew.

I also played a lot of other games to even out the time i spent on wow. I was forced to manage wow time as i maintained a social life, work and family commitments.

As the years rolled by i became obsessed with the Pvp content and i was that cheeky unkillable hunter kiting you around Warsong or that annoying rouge sneaking up behind you while you quest and camping your corpse for hours.

This obsession amplified the time i spent on wow and while my real life ran parallel pretty much unaffected. That was until I noticed that i was turning down invites to nights out, turning down female advances and i was secluding myself more and more.

I did meet a girl who would be my future wife. She was also in the grips of a heavy addiction. With no job and minimal time constraints she grinded end game content. She has since scaled right back and goes months at a time without logging on.

I managed to land my dream job and packed my bags and went off to join the Police. Despite my wow addiction i managed to get through the testing and make it into Police force.

At this stage i would call myself a functioning wowaholic.

I maintained work performance despite working shift work and having a family. My relationship with my wife was struggling even before the birth of our first child. The time i spent on wow compounded our issues until it all exploded and i moved out.

I tell myself i moved out because home was unlivable due to all the fights but really i think it was the addiction at work. I just moved out so i could play uninterrupted.

Our issues were not just wow related but wow was the main problem. I came to the realization that i was using wow like drug addicts use Heroin or cocaine.

I used wow to escape my problems and the terrible things i saw at work. I was a young policeman confronted with the dark side of humanity and i desperately needed to forget the things i saw and heard.

I don't smoke, don't drink much and obviously don't use drugs, so wow was the perfect answer. My wife put up with me for longer than she should have and it took the though of never seeing her or our children ever again to make my believe that i had a problem.

The impacts of spending so much time on wow also went onto my health, fitness, friends, hobbies and pet animals. I've got a young dog that i never bothered to train. I'm unhealthy and this is life threatening as a Police Officer.

The most destructive thing about wow is the amount of time spend playing and that EVERYTHING else falls by the way side.

I have held full time employment the whole time and even managed to get a house, get married and have a kids while playing wow.

I am back home with my wife and kids and IM seeking counseling about our relationship and my wow addiction.

With the help of my wife, i will manage time spent on wow. Wow is not a casual game for casual players despite what Blizzard says. I am prepaired to quit if need be.

One thing i have learnt about wow is that all levels of society play it and can become addicted.

To all those functioning wowaholics, just how long can you keep afloat before it all comes crashing down?

My last comment is from another persons comment from another site which sums it all up perfectly.

" GG World of Warcraft, you got me good. I was not prepared."

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