Gaming addiction help
Online gaming has become increasingly popular in today’s modern world and can be a part of everyday life for many people. However, for some, gaming can become compulsive and excessive, meaning that they can find it difficult or even impossible to log off. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now officially recognised compulsive gaming as an addiction; a condition that is characterised by individuals spending an increasing amount of time playing video games, to the extent that this begins to have a damaging effect on multiple areas of their life.
It’s important to understand that playing video games can be entirely normal and healthy, but if you find that this behaviour becomes obsessive and your habit becomes out of control, this may indicate that a destructive gaming addiction has developed.
In our experience at Manor Clinic, we have found that it’s not uncommon for compulsive gaming to go hand-in-hand with substance misuse problems. As such, we are able to provide specialist treatment for gaming addiction when this co-exists alongside a primary alcohol or drug addiction, meaning that both the substance and behavioural addiction can be tackled at the same time.
Treatment for gaming addiction at Manor Clinic
If you feel that you have lost control over your urge to play video games, and have found that your compulsive gaming behaviours are beginning to have a negative effect on multiple areas of your life, this may suggest that you have developed a destructive gaming addiction. However, the good news is that gaming addiction in entirely treatable and you can make a full and lasting recovery; the most important step is to seek professional help. At Manor Clinic, our highly skilled addiction specialists possess a wealth of experience in treating behavioural addictions such as gaming addiction, and are dedicated to helping you every step of the way towards overcoming your unhealthy behaviours and resuming the healthy and fulfilling life that you deserve.
In order to make the process of accessing support as smooth and straightforward as possible, we are pleased to offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment at Manor Clinic. This initial assessment provides you with the opportunity to discuss your concerns in confidence with a trained professional and develop a thorough understanding of the steps you could be taking towards getting your life back on track.
We are able to deliver a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches at Manor Clinic, all of which are recovery-focused and person-centred. The core aim of our Addiction Treatment Programme is to help you to tackle your gaming addiction symptoms, address the underlying issues which may be fuelling your compulsive gaming, and support you to take steps towards a full and sustainable recovery.
How is gaming addiction treated at Manor Clinic?
Gaming addiction treatment at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our intensive 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme, when your compulsive gaming co-occurs alongside a primary substance addiction diagnosis. During this time, you will stay at our beautiful centre on a residential basis and undergo a comprehensive programme of therapy to tackle your compulsive behaviours and your substance misuse problems. 28 days is the recommended treatment time for all forms of addiction and patients are encouraged to stay with us for longer than 28 days if this is deemed as being beneficial for their wellbeing and long-term recovery.
However, it’s also possible for us to offer other treatment lengths, if appropriate. These include:
- 14-day treatment programme
- 21-day treatment programme
For more information on what each of our residential treatment programmes entails, please visit our residential treatment page.
Addiction treatment at Manor Clinic is based on the world-renowned 12-Step approach. This is an abstinence-based model, which helps our patients every step of the way towards overcoming their gaming addiction and regaining control of their life.
Our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme consists of:
- Free, no obligation addiction assessment - book your appointment today
- Medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for your alcohol or drug addiction, which co-occurs alongside your gaming addiction
- A digital detox – all devices that have access to the internet and online games will be removed
- Structured group therapy programme
- A high quality family programme
- Access to 12-Step support groups
- Free aftercare for life following treatment
- Free family support for life following treatment
For more information on the gaming addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic, as well as the type of therapy that is involved, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.
Seek help for your gaming addiction today
Without professional treatment, it’s possible for your gaming addiction to become progressively worse over time and have a hugely detrimental impact on multiple areas of your life including your relationships with others, your performance at work, your ability to function on a day-to-day basis, as well as your general health and wellbeing. In addition, repeatedly engaging in compulsive gaming may also increase the likelihood of you falling into the trap of other destructive addictions, whether these are other compulsive behaviours such as gambling and shopping, or substance misuse problems including drug and alcohol addictions. Furthermore, it’s important to note that it’s very common for gaming addiction to be closely linked to internet addiction, due to the fact that much of today’s gaming is done online.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in November 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in November 2021.