Internet and Gaming Addiction Treatment Programmes
The internet and online gaming have become part of everyday life for most people. Unfortunately, some people find it impossible to log off.
It is estimated that between 5% and 10% of web surfers are internet addicts or gaming addicts. These people do not just use the web and games, they spend so much time online that it begins to affect the rest of their life.
The signs and symptoms of internet and gaming addiction
There are a great number of internet addiction and gaming addiction symptoms. The first and most obvious is internet or game use dominating the addict's life, feelings and behaviour. Internet addicts and gaming addicts also experience an altered mood or “buzz” when they log on to their device.
As the addiction progresses, the addict will need more and more time online to feel the same effect on their mood. Conversely, internet and gaming addicts may also feel mentally or physically unpleasant when they are unable to go online. This creates the need to be online all the time which often produces conflicts with work and family life.
Finally, internet addicts and gaming addicts may relapse, logging on after abstaining from the internet or gaming for long periods of time. As the addiction eats up more and more of their lives, addicts become withdrawn and isolated. This isolation, combined with feelings of being overwhelmed by the addiction, can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts or behaviours.
If you feel you are now ready to seek help in breaking free from your internet or gaming addiction, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.
I think I need treatment for internet or gaming addiction, how can Life Works help me?
Internet addiction and gaming addiction treatment are critical for addicts who would like to learn to manage their addictive behaviour and bring their lives under control. The Life Works program assists in identifying the thoughts and behaviours which initially contributed to internet or gaming addiction, as well as identifying what is within the addict's control and what is not. Co-morbidity with other psychological stressors and illnesses is also examined, while internet addicts and gaming addicts are viewed in a very holistic manner to ensure that all facets of their addiction are being addressed. This includes rebuilding broken social ties which often occur as a result of addiction.
How can I start Internet Addiction or Online Gaming Addiction treatment at Life Works?
The first step toward starting internet addiction or gaming addiction treatment is to call, at which point an admissions professionals can confidentially begin to evaluate the situation of the addict. An optimal course of action is then recommended, including either residential or outpatient treatment. This program is conducted to medically ensure the health and well-being of all participants experiencing internet or gaming addiction and other addictions. Participants follow a daily schedule, which is shown to assist with addictive behaviours, and will be part of group therapy sessions with other internet, gaming and non-internet addicts. This is due to the basic similarities underlying all addictions.
Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of internet and gaming addiction. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.