Controlled by the game


emaI had friends, I had a life, and I was an active youth, but I traded it all for a high score and a virtual acquaintance. What had simply started as passing the time turned into a full-blown addiction.

I didn’t have time for anyone or anything else. I spent no time studying and as a consequence I failed my GCSEs. My friends tried to help me by forcing it out of me. Taking my game away was the wrong move. It only made me mad, proving how deep my addiction had become. I knew I’d hit rock bottom when I stood outside Argos begging strangers to buy me the latest game because I was underage.

It got to a point where I needed to move on. Upon finding the UCKG HelpCentre, it took me seven months to be weaned off my addiction. It was very hard. At first I thought that I could stop a little, but that didn’t work.

Although I minimised the amount of time I spent playing games, the urge was still in control. I received great advice on how to get my life back and fix everything I’d broken because of my addiction.

I sold all the games I had to prove how serious I was about breaking free, and since then, I haven’t looked back. I made up for lost time with my mum, restored my education and found my life again.

Emmanuel Abdi

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