Game addiction

A young person with a drug addiction does often nothing else than using or thinking about drugs. For people with a game addiction, the process is not much different. All day, they are busy with games or thinking about it.

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Gaming is one of the most popular pastimes amongst young people. They can play for hours whenever they get the chance. And many parents question whether their child’s gaming behaviour can still be viewed as “normal” or whether a real problem is emerging.

Game addiction is a growing problem. More and more young people with this addiction are treated in clinics. Studies estimate that 10 percent to 15 percent of gamers exhibit signs that meet the World Health Organization’s criteria for addiction.

Does my child suffer from a game addiction?

A young person is addicted to gaming when he/she plays a lot and fails to reduce this. Even if he/she experiences first hand that gaming leads to problems, such as broken friendships, poor school results or serious fatigue. Instead of decreasing, the youngster will increase game times even more. When limiting play or even when removing the console, aggressive behaviour can be displayed.

How to recognise a game addiction?

The life of a young person with an alcohol addiction is dominated by alcohol. A young person with a drug addiction does often nothing else than using or thinking about drugs. For people with a game addiction, the process is not much different. All day, they are busy with games or thinking about it. We see more and more young people with a gaming addiction entering our clinic. Young people who were consecutively playing games 8 up to 15 hours a day and arrive at the clinic totally neglected by themselves.

Bram

“Admitting that I’m a game addict has given me tremendous freedom.”

Bram was treated at Yes We Can Youth Clinics for his gaming addiction.

The Risks of Gaming

Problems for young people who are gaming too much:

  • Loneliness
  • Shortage of sleep
  • Social fear
  • Fights
  • Negative self-image
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Run away from reality
  • Poor work/school results
  • Not taking care/bad hygiene

School:

  • Call in sick
  • Absence
  • Not doing any homework
  • No energy to study
  • Going to bed too late

Social life:

  • Hardly any friends, except online
  • Fights with parents
  • Online meetings to game
  • Stop sports or all other hobbies
  • Isolation (in the bedroom)

Types of Games

There are many different games: role playing games, shooters, sports games and sandbox games for example. They all have in common that they consist of one or more addictive elements, such as daily challenges, reward systems like loot boxes or tools that let other gamers know that a friend is playing online. Below you can find some frequently played games, where the internet is often seen as the place to meet.

  • World of Warcraft
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrount 
  • Call of Duty
  • Grand Theft Auto (GTA)
  • FIFA Football
  • Final Fantasy
  • Minecraft
  • Halo
  • Runescape
  • Roblox

Treatment of a game addiction

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we help teenagers and young adults to overcome their game addiction and to live and function in society in a pleasant way. We help young people with an addiction to slowly demolish the wall they have built around them, to leave their destructive life behind them forever and to face a bright future. Yes We Can Youth Clinics strives to reduce any medication that the teenager or young adult already receive to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Need help for teenagers and young adults who are addicted to games?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers & young adults struggling with a game addiction. Interested to learn more about Yes We Can Youth Clinics and our intake procedure? Please send us an email using our contact form.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. The treatment also consists of 4 days of family coaching and counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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