Conquering Video Game Addiction
What Trips The Cravings To Play:
Affiliations between peculiar feelings, individuals, places, and events get intertwined with the addict’s behavior.
Below are regions that serve as triggers that may gear up cravings to return to the addiction. Utilize this to help distinguish your probable risks.
Who are the individuals you used to play video with? Arrive at a list.
Make a list of others that may serve as a trigger for relapse. It may be extended loved ones, mate, girlfriend, your youngsters, boss, colleagues, neighbors and any others.
Where did you used to start getting the video game urge?
What are the places that may trigger cravings or euphoric recall? Make a list of the spots that may remind you of gaming/using or serve as trigger. Illustrations may include: bars, school, work, particular streets, particular parts of town, particular rooms.
What sorts of events did you habitually participate in while gaming?
What are a few of the routine events that you may participate in now that may trigger cravings? Make a list of conceivable trigger-provoking events. Illustrations may include going to the game section of a store, becoming bored, going gambling, attending gaming conventions, and others.
What are a few of the celebrations or particular events that you may participate in that may serve as a trigger for relapse? Make a list. Illustrations may include: birthdays, vacation, holidays (with or without extended family members).
Additional stressful events or activities
Discover other stressful events or activities that may serve as a trigger. Illustrations may include such matters as deaths of family members, divorce, separation, money problems, getting paid, getting a raise, unemployment, retiring, home alone, vacation, going by an ATM machine, home alone, etc.
What sorts of relationship events were affiliated with your gaming use?
Distinguish relationship events that may serve as a trigger. Illustrations may include meeting new individuals, going out on a date, hanging out with friends, after arguing, before sex, after sex, family visits, separation, divorce, etc.
When did you commonly play?
Identify particular hours, week, month or year that might serve as a trigger for relapse. Illustrations may be Monday (Monday night football), Sunday (gearing up to go back to work), anniversary date or month of wounding events, after work, before work, attempting to get to sleep, rousing in the night, and any other times that are important.
Making a design.
Looking backward over your lists above, distinguish actions that you are able to take to reduce the menace to your recovery. Which events may you avoid?
Which events or spots may you escape from if you feel vulnerable? How may you empower yourself to break away?
Rehearse being assertive with leaving a hazardous situation. Utilize cognitive therapy to dispute unrealistic thinking that may keep you from going away when you have to. Make a plan on how you may get away. Illustration: Drive yourself, walk out, phone a cab, have a call list and have somebody come get you.
What may you do to alter how you think or feel when you discover yourself in an unavoidable position that’s triggering a want to use?
Utilize thought stopping strategies to manage cravings when they happen. Use the telephone. Call someone. Call your counselor. Engage somebody who’s supportive of your recovery in a conversation. Prompt yourself that cravings are temporary and that they’ll disappear if you don’t use. Recall that cravings are a regular part of recovery and that they don’t doom you to failure. Remind yourself that you’ve the option whether you act on your cravings. Consider a craving as a competition between you and your disease. Who will succeed?
If you or somebody you love is in early recovery or attempting to establish abstinence, arm yourself with all the training that you have to achieve it.