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Overcoming addiction: Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire
Tempted?



Addiction is a destructive neurological function, which coerces the mind and body into creating overwhelming desires and cravings.

Certain drugs are known for their ability to initiate addictive behaviour, such as nicotine, marijuana and cocaine, however there is a far more ruthless drug available, with the capability of causing extreme addiction.

Spider solitaire, or Satan's card game of death as some may call it.... or as I may call it, is tearing many lives apart.

I will admit that I have a problem. It's the first step in weening myself off of the game, the next step is to intersperse dosages with normal (boring) solitaire.

Too many wasted hours have passed, too many university assignments have been interrupted, too many times have I said, "I'll stop playing once I win a difficult.....Okay, make it two in a row."

SSA (Spider Solitairics Anonymous) is only a phone call away, there are many who suffer and support is there if you choose to, here is one testimony:

"Sal" 42:

Before
"Spider Solitaire ruined my life. It started as a few games at home when I was bored, but it soon spread to the office, where I worked as an accountant. The company had just upgraded to XP and I figured I could squeeze in a game here and there. The desire to play, and keep on playing grew and grew, until all I ever did at work was sit around playing it. It cost me my job, and when my wife found out, she ran off with my brother and took the PC. I spent my remaining dollars on a laptop in order to keep the habit. I found myself on the street, washing peoples windscreen
After
in order to make enough cash to hire out a power point in order to recharge my laptop. One day, whilst playing outside a toilet cubicle and going for a high-score, a man approached me, and offered to help. He was from SSA, and he got me on the program. Six months later, I have found my feet again and am well on the way to beginning my new life.Ē








If ďSal's" story didnít inspire, maybe your own story will. Donít put it off any longer, contact SSA and change your life today.
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1. February 9th 2007 @ 00:30. Abe Says:
Admitting you have a problem is a good first step, Chris. Solitaire is by definition a game meant to be played alone. Sitting there in your darkened room, huddled before your monitor, each click of the mouse another moment of your life flushed away....it's all so sad. I've got good news for you. You don't have to be alone! Turn the lights on and the computer off, and play cards with a friend instead -- a friend named Jesus. And don't be surprised if He wins. A lot.
2. February 9th 2007 @ 00:43. ChrisB Says:
Abe,
I'm not sure that playing cards with Jesus is such a great idea. As soon as He finds out it's a form of gambling, He'd probably have a little hissy fit and tip over the table.
3. February 9th 2007 @ 00:47. Abe Says:
Jesus only plays for pretzel sticks, which are Biblically sound. No worries!
4. February 9th 2007 @ 00:58. ChrisB Says:
Oh, thats good then, I'll run out a buy a pack.
5. August 15th 2008 @ 23:37. Anonymous Says:
I say we initiate a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for installing it on our computers in the first place. If I have an addiction to spider solitaire, it's not my fault.
6. October 27th 2009 @ 10:01. Anonymous Says:
Does anybody else save the game and keep playing the same one till they finally win even if it means that your percent wins are 2% by the time you do? Oh I don't do that, I just heard about it from someone at work . . .
7. October 5th 2010 @ 21:40. WiseWoman Says:
When I was young and stressed, I physically ran away. For example, when I was a teen with a stressful life, I got busted twice for running away, as an adult grieving after my first husband died I ran away from California to Mexico, and later when married to an alcoholic, I ran away from Eastern Oregon to the Oregon coast. Well, I finally grew up. I don't run away now to avoid trauma or stress. But I play Spider Solitaire day and night instead of accomplishing my responsibilities. I consider Spider Solitaire to be my escape from reality. Can I just uninstall it, and give it up cold turkey? I'm also hooked on FreeCell and Bookworm. I should be working, cooking, cleaning, reading, or sleeping instead of playing games on the computer. You are right about calling it an addiction. I can see that style in my usage. Thanks for your blog. I'll keep reading it as I try to quit.
8. July 15th 2011 @ 04:56. Anonymous Says:
Is there anyway I can block this goddamn game?
Help!
9. June 25th 2012 @ 23:49. Spider Master Says:
Your text goes here[/SIZE]Your text goes hereAfter some practice games, I've decided to resolce every game I start. So far I started over 1500 games and got them all resolved. Most of them in less than 20 minutes, but for some of them I needed two or three weeks. To find a challenging game I have to start over 30 ones which is time consuming. So if you find a game that you think that cannot be solved, just send to me the related "spider.sav" file found in MyDocument directory. Than you! my e-mail is tslongro@wp.pl

May be this will help me to get rid of my addiction to this game, while waiting for real challenging game set of Spider Solitaire.
10. June 25th 2012 @ 23:51. Spider Master Says:
Your text goes here[/SIZE]Your text goes hereAfter some practice games, I've decided to resolve every game I start. So far I started over 1500 games and got them all resolved. Most of them in less than 20 minutes, but for some of them I needed two or three weeks. To find a challenging game I have to start over 30 ones, which is time consuming. So if you find a game that you think it cannot be solved, just send to me the related "spider.sav" file found in MyDocument directory. Thank you! my e-mail is tslongro@wp.pl

May be this will help me to get rid of my addiction to this game, while waiting for real challenging game set of Spider Solitaire.

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