My husband checked out on me November of 2008. In body he was here, but his mind was in a galaxy far far away. The Galaxy of Star Wars Galaxies to be exact. I slowly noticed the decline in socialization, hygiene, maturity and handling his responsibilities. I can tell you that I went through countless trials and errors to fix the problem but I found only a few things worked. You might try these tips to find one that works for you.
Tip #1 – Turn off the cable internet! Yes, you heard me right. Call and have it shut off. Refuse to pay the bill and let them shut it off if you have to. I can tell you from experience though, if you have a neighbor close enough with wireless internet that your computer can connect to, they will find it and use it!
Tip #2 – Kick him off your checking account. It only takes one person to close a checking account down. Now open one only in your name and tell them that you are no longer paying for them to play their game. For this you can just Login into online baking portal and you are ready to go.
Tip #3 – Find someone to break his computer. Find a friend that knows something about computers and have him disable it in a way that the cause of the problem will never be found. I will tell you that the person will spend hours going through fixes to make it work but eventually will give up in the end. They might spend money to try to fix it, so beware.
Tip #4 – Tell everyone you know about his habit. Make posts on your myspace page and tell people what time he started playing and what time he quit every time he was on it. Get a blog and blog about how you feel about being a video game widow. Twitter on how long he plays and what he’s missing out on. Eventually it will get back to his friends and family about his issues.
Tip #5 – Ignore him completely. Do not satisfy one need he may have. Leave him out of dinners, trips, events, special occasions, important information and anything new you are thinking of doing to yourself or the house. This will get his attention eventually when he gets hungry or lonely. Before you give him, make sure you address the gaming issue.
Tip #6 – File for a divorce and tell him that it is either you or the computer. Make sure you stipulate that the computer he plays on is removed from the house completely and indefinitely or you may return to having the same problem. If he is really addicted then let the divorce go through and find someone that loves you enough to spend time with you.
Dealing with the issue is no fun at all. In fact the depression and withdrawal symptoms that they experience is awful. Just remember to keep your head high and do what is best for you and your family.