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Video Game Addict Comes Clean

Recovering video game addict Ryan Van Cleave experienced weeks of chills, fevers, and shaking upon quitting the gaming console cold turkey.

Recovering video game addict Ryan Van Cleave experienced weeks of chills, fevers, and shaking upon quitting the gaming console cold turkey.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 0:40 GMT

SARASOTA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Video game addiction can destroy lives.

That’s what Ryan Van Cleave found after spiraling into a very serious addiction to video games that’s chronicled in his memoir, Unplugged: My Journey Into The Dark World Of Video Game Addiction (HCI), out today (June 1).

Van Cleave would waste up to 50 hours a week gaming, alienated himself from his friends and family, and even lost an amazing job at a university as a result of his nerdy obsession.

He’s seen many people “destroy their lives” because of video games but assures there’s hope, and he’s a prime example of that.

However, treating a serious gaming problem is not like fighting a drug addiction.

Though Van Cleave went cold turkey himself, experiencing weeks of fevers, chills, and uncontrollable shaking, he doesn’t recommend that for others.

Instead, he says moving gaming consoles to an area where the player can be monitored is the first step to recovery.

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