Ep 41: Video Game Addiction with Xchel Hernandez

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Xchel Hernandez joins us today to talk about video game addiction. He is a Comedian, writer, director, and wonderful husband to Joleen. We hear his origin story, and how the addiction escalated as time went on to as much as 40 hours a week or more. Xchel shares with us how playing could be incredibly social in its own way, and how he was even married once before inside of a video game. Joleen has a lot to say about this! Xchel talks about how he was finally able to break the addiction and how his priorities and perspectives have changed. He has discovered and implemented new tools to combat addiction and to follow the goals that are more important to him. We also talk about how our cell phones have become a new source for video game addiction as well.

Xchel leaves us with some words of wisdom and the techniques that worked for him to defeat his video game addiction!

We also read a listener’s iTunes review and give a shoutout and prize!

THE CHECK-IN: Blood pressure updates and coping with negative self-body image and the pressures of Hollywood.


“Stand up sit down fight fight fight whats my blood pressure?!”

“Andy! You said I could get a butt job!”

“After 35… Things are shifting!”

“I played video games so much it was like a day job.”

“I had a video game wife!”

“video games were a source of control.”


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South Park Video: Dopamine explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t5aG9XEQgs

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