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Addicted and trying to stop... - June 29th 2010, 02:42 AM

So, for several year I have been addicted to fanfiction, mainly the the Harry Potter variety. I wouldn't be able to go two days without reading something, and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. As time passed, the addiction grew worse and more dark, getting into graphic descriptions of sex and violence. I knew it was wrong and bad, and tried to quit many times, but I just kept coming back to the same old stuff. Then, six months ago, I finally succeeded: I had quit! I haven't read anything like that since, but I'm starting to think about it a lot again. Does anyone have any tips on how to keep me strong?
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Re: Addicted and trying to stop... - June 29th 2010, 03:13 AM

I think the best way to beat any addiction is to replace it with a variety of better things. Hang out with friends, play sports or a game. It can also be a good idea to talk to someone about what you're trying to stay away from. That way when the desires come up, you have someone to turn to.

Also, there's nothing really wrong with reading dark or violent stories, as long as it's not interfering with your everyday life. Most everything is just fine in moderation.

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