gaming-addiction-rehabOcean Recovery offers a comprehensive computer gaming rehabilitation programme at our Blackpool clinic in the North West of England. Like gambling and sex addiction, gaming is a behavioural addiction, although not yet official recognised as such by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Since there are many millions of gamers scattered throughout the World, gaming addiction is thought to affect more people than all other forms of addiction combined. Teens with poor social skills and ADHD sufferers are an increased risk of developing a gaming addiction.

An entire generation of people have been affected by gaming addiction. Therefore a known need for gaming addiction rehabilitation services has arisen. Although our gaming addiction clinic is based in North West of England, gaming addicts travel from all corners of Great Britain seeking to take advantage of our world-class rehabilitation services.

The science of computer game addiction

Similar to all other forms of addiction, gaming stimulates the release of a ‘feel good hormone’ in the brain know as dopamine. Over time the brain becomes accustomed to an unnatural release of dopamine. When dopamine is not sustained at unnatural levels the gaming addict becomes restless. The gaming addict may experience anxiety as a result of gaming withdrawal. The addict reacts by continuing to play computer games for longer periods of time. The addict is therefore trapped inside a vicious circle of gaming and withdrawal. Eventually gaming addicts seek professional help in order to defeat their addiction. However this cry for help is often too late and the gaming addict has sacrificed his or her job and family life due to the addiction.

Gaming addiction is a behavioural addiction. This means the addict is addicted to a certain behaviour rather than a substance. Behavioural addiction is classified as an impulse control disorder (ICD). Click here for more information.

Gaming addiction withdrawal symptoms

When gaming addicts stops or cut down on gaming their brain ceases to release large quantities of dopamine. Gaming addicts now experience psychological withdrawal symptoms as a result.

Gaming addiction withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Feeling irritated
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flushing
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Damaging personal property
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy

Our gaming addiction rehab

Ocean Recovery’s comprehensive gaming addiction rehabilitation programme is designed to free gaming addicts of their addiction. Once patients arrive at our centre a full psychiatric assessment is carried out by a psychiatrist. Patients then begin their gaming addiction rehabilitation programme. Since our rehabilitation programme is residential in nature, gaming addicts do not have any access to a computer devise during their stay. Our rehabilitation centre offers a good mix of individual and group therapy sessions. Therapy aims to treat underlying depression and anxiety which often accompanies gaming addiction. Once residential treatment comes to a conclusion a bespoke aftercare and relapse prevention plan is put in place. Patients are expected to attend aftercare sessions each week for around six-to-twelve months following the completion of the residential phase of rehabilitation. Patients are encouraged to attend Online Gamers Anonymous in their local area.

Call Ocean Recovery today

Call Ocean Recovery today to find out more. Call on 0125 353 0553. Alternatively complete the enquiry form and a member of the team will respond shortly.

We maintain clinics across the United Kingdom.

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