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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?

Video gaming addiction is a type of process addiction that the World Health Organization defines as a pattern of gaming behavior prohibiting many video game addicts from controlling their behavior over their compulsive gaming habits. The World Health Organization added that addiction to online video games or playing video games may have negative effects in real life which may pose adverse consequences to younger addicts.

Adults tend to overcome video game addiction or addictive disorder by seeking addiction treatment as it has negative consequences on their daily life such as poor performance in work and experiencing deteriorating relationships with loved ones. It's important to identify the warning signs early on for addicted gamers to provide the proper treatment programs and powerful treatment tools to help them with their gaming addictions, especially during crucial periods when they experience withdrawal symptoms.

Does Transcend Offer Video Game Addiction Treatment?

Transcend Recovery Community works with its affiliate partner, The Heights Treatment, one of the treatment facilities recognized by most American addiction centers, to give a private and convenient solution for treating addicted gamers for their internet gaming disorder.

While Transcend Recovery Community is not specifically an inpatient treatment provider. It aids in helping people transition from their mental disorders or process addiction treatment recovery. You may think of it as a partner in the same way as representatives work solely helping treatment centers or inpatient facilities supporting patients in the early stages of a patient's recovery.

It focuses on a holistic approach involving personal development, critical education, and positive & moral support as they come to terms with their mental illness, whether it involves drug addiction/drug abuse, substance addiction/substance abuse, or even alcohol abuse.

Unlike drugs, individuals may explore additional treatment options such as outpatient treatment or alternative treatment practices to help them recover. Thankfully, Transcend works with various organizations to direct them to these resources while living in a sober community to help them heal continuously.

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What Causes Video Game Addictions?

Excessive playing games may pose a serious mental health problem in the long run. However, there is still little known regarding how video game addictions form--something that still needs further research to add info on the diagnostic and statistical manual on process addictions. However, most specialists theorize about the reward mechanism structure that people experience when they play video games which compels them to form an addictive behavior pattern. Others resort to video games as it offers a fantasy world where they can escape their real-world problems.

It's important for specialists working in a specific rehab center or treatment center, similar to Recovery Brands LLC, to identify triggers in an individual when treating video game addiction. Only when they have been given a proper diagnosis can they provide medical advice and recommend appropriate treatment methods to help them recover long-term.

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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 results 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. For adults, it may even be worsened when they have a substance use disorder on top of their process addiction problem.

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

Agitation

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.

Isolation

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

Preoccupation

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

Migraines

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.

Fatigue

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?

As with most mental disorders, a process addiction such as gaming addiction may resort to short-term malnutrition, insomnia, and may harshly affect one's relationships. A video games/gaming addiction may also result in financial losses as a result of neglect from work, or worse when illegal betting is involved. Longer-term, it may trigger aggression, anxiety, and even depression.

Individuals are encouraged to consult with a treatment provider recognized by American addiction centers to cure their gaming addiction, to help them cope with serious side effects, most especially when withdrawal symptoms from their gaming disorder take place.

How Do You Stop Video Game Addiction?

While gaming in itself isn't inherently wrong, excessive playing of video games may lead to a gaming addiction, which in turn may pose a bigger problem for people. Some ways to cease gaming addiction is to first, set game time schedules and adhere to them at all times. Next, you could consider other productive hobbies, such as creative or physical activities like sports or art therapy.

If these first options do not work, you can then resort to addiction treatment from recognized treatment centers. There are American addiction centers that approve treatment programs or treatment options, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, for one, to help someone's addiction to video games. This is perfect when individuals may suffer from additional mental health issues, like substance use disorder on top of their addiction disorder.

Apart from seeking help from a treatment center, you may also avail yourself of supplementary arrangements, such as sober mentoring to help you in this process of recovery.

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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You may reach out by filling out Transcend’s online contact form or call 800-208-121 to learn more on how Transcend Community can support you while you undergo video game addiction treatment.

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