Gaming Addiction

Video game addiction is becoming increasingly common among American adults. With the increased availability and access to video games more individuals and their families are being impacted by destructive, compulsive gaming.


If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to video games, please contact us for a confidential consultation.



Gaming Addiction Takes Priority Over Other Activities

man playing video games in a dark roomGaming disorder was first incorporated into the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) in 2017, and presents as an individual’s impaired control over their gaming. A gaming addiction can overtake someone’s life, as well as cause pain for the people close to them.

When a person suffers from an addiction to games the games take priority over their lives. Sufferers of an addiction to video games tend to increase their time spent playing games even though this increased time usually is associated with negative outcomes.

One of the key concerns with video games is that modern games are being designed to be addictive. These games can encourage people to play games excessively, far more than what would be considered healthy.

Often times, these games offer players the ability to spend additional money on the game, and can induce behaviors related to gambling addictions.


Treating Gaming Addiction in a Judgement-free Environment

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As with all of our treatment programs, at Desert Solace we treat our clients addiction to games in a clinical, judgement-free environment. Our residential facility is the perfect place for clients because it provides an escape from the stresses of daily life.

By removing our clients from the digital world that is at the center of their addiction, we are better equipped to tackle the root causes that lead to the destructive behavior.

This is an evolving field of study, and our staff are constantly researching new techniques that have been clinically proven to help our clients recover from gaming addictions.

Our support team takes great care to involve the whole family in the recovery process. Addictive behaviors are not developed in isolation, nor do they only affect one person. Parents, siblings, spouses, friends and children can all be involved in the recovery process.

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