Dear Dr. Date,I a…

Dear Dr. Date,
I am thankful for your column. I read it diligently every day as I live vicariously the lives of the people who write in. The reason I have to do this is, Dr. Date, is because I have a severe problem I’d like to confess to you: I am obsessed with games. Girls want me, but I pay no heed to them. Day after day, I sit in front of my computer killing little soldiers, be they human or some strange alien race. In fact my obsession with computer games has grown so much that even when I fantasize I dream of Lara Croft. My girlfriend is sick of me and wants to leave me. I love her dearly but I just can’t feel the same way about her as I feel about Lara Croft, Dr. Date. Lara Croft does things to my little soldier that no mortal girl can dream of attaining. I don’t know if you’ll print this or not, but if you do decide to, I’d appreciate it if you could give me some tips on how I can return to the human world and undo the geeky chains that bind me to my computer.
— Brother Lewie

Yes, Lara Croft is certainly an interesting bit of computerized animation, but she isn’t real. While I think you understand this, it’s also clear you are nonetheless obsessed with her. You are addicted.
It’s frighteningly too simple for a person to become addicted to something. Many people incorrectly assume you can only grow addicted to a chemical substance such as alcohol or a narcotic. You have to remember your body is a miniature laboratory of chemical reactions. When you do something, such as play video games, your mind responds by producing chemicals that can be just as addictive as nicotine, alcohol or cocaine.
Generally, you can define an addiction as a dependence on some activity or substance. An addiction is further characterized as having a detrimental effect on other areas of your life. When you start showing up late to work because you are still drunk from the night before, you have a problem. In the world of sex, a fetish is considered harmful when the obsession — such as sex with a crucifix — completely replaces normal sexual behavior. I’d rather not get into defining “normal sexual behavior,” but I think you are moving outside of such a definition.
As with any addiction, you’ve made a big first step by admitting that you might have a problem. From this point, you have little choice but to remove the activity that’s causing the addiction from your life. How hard would it be for you to stop playing computer games?