Treatment for Internet Gaming Addiction

WHAT IS INTERNET GAMING ADDICTION?

The computer and console gaming industry is vast and ever growing. One of the biggest forms being Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). These enable the player to fully immerse themselves in a world where they get to choose their characteristics and form alliances or a community in order to achieve a multitude of tasks.

These games have evolved over a relatively short timespan to be highly engaging, using a variety of positive reinforcement techniques and are therefore very appealing. Addicted individuals may find themselves in front of the screen for more and more hours, for days at a time and so absorbed that their life seems to pass them by. This virtual or augmented reality is a fantasy world that can feel safe and familiar, an escape. When gaming crosses the line from leisure/pleasure to compulsivity gamers may find they are unable to stop once started, to stay stopped or experience severe withdrawal (anger, depression, isolation, emptiness) when unable to play.

WHAT IS INTERNET GAMING ADDICTION?

  • Dishonesty or vagueness around time spent gaming
  • Neglect of self (nutrition, sleep, hygiene), relationships, responsibilities
  • Loss of time for other interests in life
  • Continuing to play in spite of negative consequences
  • Obsession with gaming
  • Withdrawal: an increase in anxiety/irritability when unable to access the game

WHY CHOOSE THE CAMINO RECOVERY CENTRE?

Accurately identifying the condition is only the first step in the therapeutic process, understanding our client and educating them about compulsive disorders is our forte. We believe that addressing the underlying issues with our clients and working through emotional blocks is the best possible solution. In a holistic manner we aim to tackle the issues that each client brings to us with dignity, care and respect.

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