What is Videogame Addiction
A disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage and consists of at least three subtypes:
Excessive gaming, Sexual preoccupations, and Email/text messaging.
- Chatting Online
- Play Computer Games (Gaming) WOW, etc.
- Watching Porn
Internet and Videogame addicts miss out on real conversations and real human development; they often see their hygiene, home and relationships deteriorate. They often don’t eat or sleep properly and don’t get enough exercise. They often avoid intimacy with peers and delay the expansion of identity development in the outside world.
Videogame Addiction Research Data:
- Gaming is a worldwide phenomenon and has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. In the United States alone, the sale of video games and related products reportedly grossed between $7 and $10 billion in 2004.
- The average gamer is age 29 and averages between 6.8 and 7.6 hrs/week (Entertainment Software Association)
- MMORPG (Massive Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games) make up 9% of gamers play but are the most commonly seen games creating an addiction due to the high level of competition, highly social nature and interactive real time services.
- Some research studies report approximately 10% of gamers meet criteria for videogame addiction.
- Videogame Addicts often have high levels of emotional loneliness and difficulty with real life social interactions. They often find comfort in the virtual community while “trying on” new identities which often delays and inhibits real life emotional development.
Video Game Addiction Treatment from the Control Center
Video games have become a major source of entertainment. People not only play them at home, but also on hand held devices that they can take anywhere. This ease of access makes it even easier for people to develop addictions to these games. Like any other addiction, this can take a heavy toll on a person’s relationships, career, and health. The Control Center uses personalized video game addiction treatment plans to help individuals overcome their obsessions.
Treating Video Game Addiction
Video game addiction treatments need to address a wide range of issues. Many video game addicts have difficulty interacting with people in the real world. They might also suffer from mental health issues that make it difficult for them to change their behaviors. The Control Center’s personalized treatments use a variety of services to address these needs:
- Neuropsychological Assessment that identifies potential underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to video game addiction
- Individual Therapy that helps video game addicts develop healthier ways of coping with emotions and triggers
- Group Therapy that encourages video game addicts to learn from each other’s experiences
- Spiritual Therapy that uses alternative methods like yoga, breathing exercises, creative visualization, and meditation to help video game addicts take control of their behaviors and thoughts
- Family and Couples Therapy that strengthens relationships and repairs damage caused by video game addiction
Personalized Treatments from the Control Center
The Control Center uses outpatient personalized video game addiction treatment plans that help individuals recover successfully. In some cases, video game addiction exists in conjunction with other mental health and behavioral issues. Treating these issues often helps video game addicts make healthy changes in their lives. The Control Center offers a variety of programs, including those that address:
- Chemical Dependencies
- Internet Addiction
- Pathological Gambling
- Shopping Addiction
- Sex Addiction
If you worry that your life has become dominated by video games, then now is the time to contact The Control Center to learn more about how a personalized video game addiction treatment plan can help you regain control of your life.