Compared to the early days of video games in the 1970s, today computer games are a billion dollar business and profits are often far greater than the top grossing films.
Computer games are played as a way of reducing stress, relaxing, and spending time with friends and family. When used for these purposes they are a fairly harmless form of entertainment. The research consistently shows that most individuals (kids, adolescents, and adults) are able to keep their computer gaming under control and usually avoid having the game affect their lives in negative ways.
Unfortunately, there are those for whom computer games evolve from a harmless activity into a serious addiction. While the research on exactly what percent of active gamers develop an addiction is sometimes inconsistent, estimates from 5 to 10% seem to be the norm.
Because there are millions of computer gamers, even if we assume that only 5% become addicted this still suggests that there are tens (or hundreds) of thousands of people who could be experiencing computer game addiction.
What treatment methods are available for people who spend an excessive amount of time playing computer games?
2. Wilderness Therapy. Similar to inpatient treatment, wilderness therapy programs are normally very expensive and require the addict to leave his (or her) home for up to one month while living in an outdoor group environment. Access to video games is banned and the individual would have very limited access to technology or electronic gadgets in general. Instead, the treatment team helps the person to increase his or her self-
4. Family Therapy. For adults addicted to computer games, family therapy is rare -
5. Computer Game Addiction Books. Self-
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