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Gaming Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Updated on 16/09/2021
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Down to the accessibility that the internet has provided, gaming is now a universal hobby, pastime, and activity, which offers immersive, virtual communities and worlds.

While it’s a form of relaxation for some, where sensible and sustainable gaming activity is enabled, for others, it has, however, become a constant reinforcer, a motivator of anger and obsessive issues, a negative in relationships and lifestyle management, and a driver of addiction.

Those who do not see the desirability of gaming will not understand the addictive tendencies behind such platforms.

However, where minimal exposure is encountered, paired with a degree of vulnerability, reaching the next level, beating your all-time best or simply seeing gaming as an escape can amount to a behavioural addiction.

Diagnosed as an impulse control disorder, obsessions can develop around partaking in gaming activity, very similar to further virtual addictions, such as gambling and social media fixations.

Exposure to artificial content, entertainment, and immersive platforms, such as gaming, can change behaviours, adapt outlooks, and damage emotional responses.

If you’re finding yourself spending a lot of time gaming, if you’re encountering negative side effects such as a short fuse, aggression, and irritability, if you’re obsessing over your gaming persona, and if such actions are impacting your real life, gaming addiction could be present.

Considering gaming addiction treatment & rehab will be a must to tackle the positive reinforcement that gaming offers while working through further behavioural consequences.

Reach out for support here at Addiction Advocates with your gaming problems.

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Why is gaming addictive?

Gaming is an addictive source of entertainment, distraction and release as it impacts emotional responses.

Whether it induces happy chemicals, whether it relaxes players, heightens motivation and competitiveness, or acts as a means of engagement, emotions are linked to gaming.

When emotions are either heightened, suppressed, or adapted, the risks of mental vulnerabilities are higher. Those vulnerabilities can surround obsessive, compulsive, routine, and habit-like behaviours, perfectly reflecting an addiction.

It’s found that many individuals who unfortunately encounter the addictive tendencies of gaming also experience symptoms of mental health issues, in fact, simultaneously.

Reasonably, each experience is different, where gaming may have increased the risk of depression or anxiety, down to the whirlwind it creates, or whether such mental health issues create the excessive coping habit of gaming.

Either way, gaming alone is addictive, especially when paired with a dual diagnosis of a heightened emotional response.

why is gaming addictive

There are also many addictive parts to gaming, depending on the personality and the moment of exposure. Its competitiveness can trigger habitual behaviours, as can the distraction that it offers, as can the community feel that it promotes.

Yet without control, feeling addicted to those encounters, emotions, and experiences can trigger an overarching addiction, along with emotional problems, such as aggression issues.

Down to the complex nature of addiction, sourcing gaming addiction treatment & rehab services will be wise, in tandem with dual diagnosis treatment.

Signs of a gaming addiction

Signs of addiction can transpire through social impacts, psychological changes, and behavioural adaptations. If you’re experiencing such symptoms while exposed to gaming, you’ll be at risk of developing a behavioural addiction.

Signs of gaming addiction

  • Irritability, while not gaming, reflecting withdrawal symptoms to some degree.
  • Isolation from others who do not game
  • Extreme mood changes in general
  • Strong emotional responses while playing
  • Spending long bouts of time gaming
  • Withdrawing from other responsibilities and routines, prioritising your gaming persona
  • Feeling low after gaming
  • Using gaming as a coping strategy
  • Obsessive thoughts while gaming
  • Spending a lot of money on online gaming
  • Immersing oneself in gaming

Ultimately, gaming is a hobby for most, unless you’re a paid streamer. Otherwise, it shouldn’t deter other areas of life, which if it is, consequences are likely, including an addiction diagnosis, requiring the help of treatment and rehab.

Consequences of excessive gaming

Excessive gaming can develop into further problems, which we’ve touched on higher up. Mental health concerns are the greatest worry, down to the rollercoaster effects of gaming.

The isolating and withdrawing effects of gaming can also increase the risk of social anxieties, paranoia, and panic, transpiring over to everyday life.

To an extensive degree, screen time is also impairing the mind, vision, and overall functionality of the brain. Spending significant amounts of time concentrating on gaming can be unhealthy, resulting in further conditions.

It’s also found that a gaming addiction can develop into aggression problems, the inability to process emotions rationally, false ideas of reality, and the abuse of further coping strategies.

Ultimately, long-term. Excessive gaming activity can adapt behaviours to such an unrecognisable state, requiring professional gaming addiction treatment & rehab.

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If you’re experiencing the signs of gaming addiction, treatment & rehab services will be a positive step for you to complete, which can also address any further behavioural or emotional problems you may be encountering.

You may feel stuck in a vicious cycle where gaming manages your mental health symptoms yet aggravates your addictive behaviours.

At Addiction Advocates, we can help you find the right support.

Treatment for gaming addiction

Treatment that will benefit a gaming addiction surrounds psychological development and understanding.

There’s a chance you may encounter a sense of withdrawal by completing treatment, which is normal as change occurs.

Cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management, dual diagnosis treatment and exposure therapy will all work to understand emotional responses and the role that gaming plays for you.

From here, therapy will work to digest your emotions and increase your awareness of utilising a coping outlet without becoming obsessive.

As gaming surrounds impulse control, working on tolerances and self-help tips surrounding personal boundaries will be helpful to reduce the effects of gaming for the long term.

Rehab for gaming addiction

Rehab will combine gaming addiction treatment, recovery steps of relapse prevention, and well-being management with helping you cope without gaming.

It’s crucial to complete a rehab programme with such content to increase your understanding and confidence in addiction recovery.

Gaming may currently feel like a positive experience, down to the positive reinforcements it offers. However, it is important to see the realism and consequential possibilities of gaming addiction.

Get In Touch TodayWork with our team at Addiction Advocates to secure gaming addiction treatment & rehab services with suitability in mind. Living with a behavioural addiction can be very tough. Avoid this by considering professional support.

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