Page 13 Overcoming Game Addiction
Gaming addiction can be defined as an obsession so strong that you sacrifice real life for the thrills of your artificial one. Addictions of any kind follow much the same pattern - loss of interest in anything but getting back to the addiction, lack of common sense when choices are required between the addiction and other things, spending of resources on the addiction to the detriment of life.
A good addiction peddler always knows that they need to keep the addicted person right on the border of these things - never so addicted that they can't live, yet any 'free' resources are always spent on the addiction. This applies to games as much as substances. Gambling uses psychological tricks to keep you hooked, lights, sounds, reward goals, emotional influences, sensuality anything that strokes those parts of your brain that are more instinct (Gotta get MORE!) than logical. Video games use similar effects for the same reasons. An addictive personality/physicality will always have a weakness for their addiction, it takes some serious strength of will sometimes to stop. And sometimes it's always there, nagging and coaxing the user to get back into the addiction.
To overcome any addiction, first you have to realize there is one. Then you have to find a way to wean yourself from it, or at least reduce it to reasonable levels. This can be from distraction or other interests being deliberately put in the spotlight of the addicts life, like sports, creativity, etc. Taking the power of the addiction and turning it into something that actually helps the persons existence. Each person has their own method they need to discover to solve addictions, and it takes time to figure them out.