Cam Adair is a business owner with a thriving social life. But, for 10 years he was an addict; his addiction wasn’t to drugs, alcohol or gambling, it was to video games.
How bad was it? At the worst, he was playing for 16 hours a day, living in his parents’ basement, lying about going to work and sneaking back in to keep on playing StarCraft or World of Warcraft. He eventually became so isolated he thought of committing suicide.
Instead, he decided to quit cold turkey. He started by understanding why he was drawn to gaming in the first place. Part of it was the online community of gamers gave him a false sense of social connection. The other part was that attaining new levels in a game gave him a false sense of progress. Finding ways to satisfy both of these human needs in the real world was the key to breaking the addiction.
In 2015, Adair started a group called Game Quitters to pass on what he has learned. So far, 20,000 people in 76 countries have reached out for help in their struggle to quit.
Listen to my full interview with Cam Adair below: