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Video games have rapidly evolved through time and are easily accessible to anyone, regardless of their age or gender, as a form of relaxation and entertainment. However, a recent study conducted on adult gamers in North America and Europe shows that 0.3% to 1% of the population can be classified as suffering from video game addiction.

With games becoming more popular and available for most people nowadays, this may pose a threat, especially with the rising number of video game addiction cases globally. To address these concerns, recovery service providers such as Transcend Recovery Community create programs to help people suffering from behavioral addictions recover long-term.

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What Is Video Game Addiction?

The World Health Organization defines gaming disorder as “a pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

This form of behavioral addiction, in severe cases, may impact a person’s way of life in the worst ways possible. People suffering from video game addiction may play for many hours in a single day, which in turn may strain their relationships with their friends and loved ones, neglect personal hygiene, and may result in disruption of their work or schooling.

However, it is crucial to note that the duration of someone’s playing time doesn’t necessarily equate to addiction. One might spend his or her entire afternoon playing a computer game for pure enjoyment but still can control and stop it without much effort. In contrast, a person suffering from video game addiction cannot stop playing even if they know that it’s terrible for them.

This type of process addiction builds an insatiable need for a person to play a game to feel good about themselves—something closely similar to someone suffering from alcoholism or drug dependence. People suffering may even manifest withdrawal symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and aggressive emotions linked to their intense craving to play a video game.

Does Transcend Offer Video Game Addiction Treatment?

Transcend Recovery Community offers recovery services to help people suffering from video game addiction. It partners with its affiliate partner, The Heights Treatment, that specializes in adult and adolescent addiction.

As video game addiction may vary in people, Transcend treats each patient with utmost care. Their partnership with The Heights Treatment allows them to offer a sustainable treatment program for people burdened by video game addiction.

Transcend's recovery strategy focuses on understanding their addiction's main cause and targeting those factors and triggers. That way, they can design the proper rehabilitation method that best suits their situation while prioritizing the patient's specific needs and comfort level.

Essential life skills are cultivated and are part of every recovery program's core. Patients are given a chance to attune to their spirituality and foster a sense of community from a family of residents, therapists, and counselors who will work with them closely in helping them bounce back from their addiction issues.

Transcend's three-pronged approach in its adolescent mentoring program emphasizes family action plans to serve as their guideline, recovery accountability in closely monitoring their progress, and access to a wide array of resources to connect them to critical platforms for self-improvement.

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What Causes Video Game Addictions?

The leading cause of video game addiction is still unknown. However, researchers argue that the way games are structured to reward a player triggers dopamine release, a type of neurotransmitter in the human brain responsible for feeling pleasure. It is also involved in other addictive activities, such as the use of alcohol and chemical substances.

Internet-based games that commonly have an MMORPG or “massively multiplayer online role-playing game” format make great use of this reward mechanism. They also become specifically addictive as they warrant boundless adventure in a crafted fantasy world where players can create an entirely different virtual persona inside the game. It allows players to escape reality and leave real-world problems behind in the meantime.

Modern multiplayer video games often generate a sense of community among players where they can join groups or “clans” to make friends, help other co-players, and develop a status through high rankings, either through endless gameplay or in-game purchases. These large virtual gaming communities allow players to feel appreciated and valuable—something that they most usually don’t see themselves in the outside world. Therefore, many people living with video game addictions prefer to stay within their games to find social gratification and acceptance.

Apart from social acceptance and escapism, addiction to video games may be a coping mechanism for most people to mask their underlying mental health problems.

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What Are The Health Risks And Concerns With A Video Game Addiction?

Prolonged and obsessive video gaming can harm one's mind and body. These adverse effects influence both adult and young players and can pose emotional and physical risks if video game addiction is not addressed early on. Some of the perceived threats are as follows:

Sedentary Lifestyle

Hours spent using a mobile device or desktop computer can take a toll on someone physically. Lack of physical exercise and poor fitness regimen result in weight gain and poor posture, putting players at greater risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular-related conditions. Repetitive strain injuries brought about by constant computer game use may worsen these longer-term.

Impaired Focus And Concentration

Developing video game addiction, especially in action-packed games, significantly impacts one's overall focus for hard-core gamers. Children exposed to too much video gaming may quickly lose interest and attention to their studies and critical learning skills, such as reading and listening.

Induced Violence And Aggression

Playing games that promote violence, combat, or fighting may influence them to manifest signs of aggression in young players. Parents and guardians must be vigilant in regulating their children's gaming time and properly screen the type of games that children play.

What Are Signs Of Video Game Addiction?

As with many addiction problems, people can manifest tell-tale symptoms that can be recognizable from people suffering from video game addictions. These people can show emotional and physical signs—something to look out for if you suspect your friend or loved one suffering from this.

Emotional Symptoms


The patient may struggle to stay steady and calm for any amount of time when not gaming; twitching, pacing, continuously getting up and down, and being unable to partake in any activity for more than a few minutes can signify frustration not being able to play a game.


Withdrawing from personal relationships with friends and family and hobbies usually enjoyed by the patient is a telling sign that something may be wrong.


Gaming can completely engulf the person’s thinking patterns, rendering them incapable of thinking about anything else and potentially visibly derailed from essential priorities.

Physical Symptoms


Excessive gaming has been known to cause migraines in people who have never had them before.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Repeated, long-term gaming sessions using electronic controls such as keyboards, gaming pads, or mice can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. This wrist disorder causes discomfort and numbness in the upper extremities.


Gaming-related exhaustion has been linked to many deaths in recent years, with many people foregoing sleep to keep gaming.

What Are The Side Effects Of Video Game Addictions?

Like most compulsive disorders and addiction issues, video game addiction causes severe side effects to people with this mental condition.

Short-term effects may include malnutrition as hardcore gamers may disregard their diet, creating unhealthy eating habits due to non-stop gaming. Insomnia is a common complaint for most video game addicts who have sacrificed rest and adequate sleep in exchange for more playtime.

Excessive video gaming may also taint relationships as a result of gamers’ withdrawal from the real world. Family members and friends may feel ignored and undervalued as gamers divert their attention more into this activity and prioritize video games over the people they love.

Video game addiction may also affect one’s finances, affecting their performance at work, resulting in loss of income due to this compulsive behavior. More alarmingly, mental health issues may arise longer-term and may trigger aggression, anxiety, or depression on a person’s mental wellbeing.

How do you stop video game addiction?

Playing computer games isn’t inherently wrong. As with all things, leisurely activities, such as video gaming, must be done in moderation. With the right mindset and commitment to long-term recovery, people riddled with video game addiction can improve their condition. Some tips that can be considered to help with your addiction include the following.

Set game time schedules and adhere to them well

Following a strict schedule creates a sense of structure in your life and limits your screen time. However, the goal here is to curb your need for video gaming and eventually wean you from this addiction.

Find other productive hobbies

The world shouldn’t revolve on a virtual platform as there are many exciting things to be explored in the outside world. Simple hobbies like gardening or sports can help keep your hands and mind preoccupied and prevents you from resorting to video gaming to kill time. It is also best to include your family and friends in these activities to be encouraged to continue them.

Re-examine your life

Make a thorough reality check of your current situation. Are there things that need improvement? Have many things impacted your life due to addictive video gaming, such as a potential career opportunity or an important milestone by a loved one? Now is the time to evaluate those and see what can be done. Sober mentoring can help you process this too.

How do you seek help with a video game addiction?

Early detection is vital in resolving video game addiction before it progresses into a more complex issue. You may work with a compulsion or addiction therapist to work on your compulsive behaviors stemming from your addiction.

Behavioral modification therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) help patients cope with their situation and process their behavior by altering their obsessive thought patterns and habits as a result of their addiction.

Patients may also consider seeking group therapy as they deal with their video game addiction. Support groups allow people suffering from behavioral addiction to have moral support and motivation to transform their lives. However, suppose video game addiction masks an underlying mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. In that case, patients might need a further dual diagnosis for the therapist to ascertain the appropriate inpatient rehabilitation treatment option.

It is crucial for the patient’s loved ones to openly discuss the idea of therapy with the individual suffering from their video game addiction. Mental wellness centers offer adequate support, like adolescent mentoring, most especially for young patients who have difficulty coping with their situation and mental well-being. Specific programs focus on youth empowerment and life skill-building, helping them to process their current state better.

Is there video game addiction treatment near me?

Conquering one’s video game addiction is easier said than done. However, recovery service specialists, such as Transcend Recovery Community give patients another chance to regain control in their lives.

Locations in key areas such as Houston, New York, and Los Angeles guarantee that proper care and support can be easily availed across the country. Patients suffering from video game addiction can admit themselves to Transcend's sister company, The Heights Treatment. This affiliate treatment center specializes in rehabilitation and is equipped with modern facilities and the latest therapeutic methods to better understand the patient's unique situation.

You’ll also get to work with industry-leading addiction specialists in addressing your addiction problems while being connected to a vast network of healthcare providers and a community of residents and patients where you can bond with and share your experiences on your recovery journey.

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