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Rehab 4 Addiction offers a comprehensive 28 day computer gaming rehabilitation programme for those suffering from a gaming addiction. The very idea of ‘gaming rehab’ was laughable a short 15 years ago. This addiction is a relatively new phenomena. New technologies have sparked a vast increase in the number of gamers, particularly ‘online’ gamers. The gaming industry is mighty. Even the filming industry is dwarfed by the size of the gaming industry. This has caused a corresponding increase in the number of people who have developed a gaming addiction and now require professional rehabilitation services to get better.

Gaming addiction rehabilitation is now well-established and recognised by the scientific and medical community. Gaming addiction has many negative consequences, including family breakdown and child neglect. In fact, gaming addiction is often as destructive as substance abuse. If you or a loved one suffer from a gaming addiction, please read the below message very carefully.

About computer game addiction

Playing computer games releases dopamine in the brain's reward centre. Dopamine is feel good hormone released during pleasurable activities. A gaming addiction means dopamine is released in unnatural quantities. Thus the gamer’s brain becomes tolerant to dopamine as a result. Gamers need to play computer games constantly in order to maintain normal levels of dopamine.

A gaming addiction is similar to a gambling addiction: both are classed as an Impulse Control Disorder (ICD). Withdrawal symptoms occur when gaming is withheld from the addict. Such symptoms typically include irritability or anxiety when the addict cannot play computer games. Sufferers of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are particularly at risk of developing an addiction to gaming.

What are the signs of a gaming addiction?

Signs and symptoms of computer game addiction include:

  • Irritable when can't play
  • Play long into the night, even at 3-4am
  • Mood swings
  • Violent and damage property
  • Withdrawn and socially isolated
  • Damaged social relations
  • Neglect personal hygiene
  • Neglect work or school
  • Insomnia
  • Gamer's thumb
  • Internet porn addiction
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Malnutrition

Why residential treatment for a gaming addiction?

Rehab 4 Addiction offers gaming rehab treatment throughout the United Kingdom. Gaming rehab begins with the management of withdrawal symptoms. All rehab centres offering gaming rehabilitation are residential in nature. Patients must live within the centre for the entire duration of their treatment. We typically recommend a 28 day rehabilitation programme, although patients may attend for as little as seven days.

The key benefits of residential treatment

Below we list some of the benefits of undergoing residential rehabilitation for gaming addiction:

  • Patients arrive and are psychiatrically assessed
  • Determine the existence of underlying anxiety/depression or substance misuse
  • Residential rehab means you vastly reduce risk of relapse during treatment
  • Structured therapy and counselling sessions aiming to tackle underlying causes of gaming addiction such as anxiety and depression. incl. cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and range of 'holistic' therapies
  • Medications may be prescribed to decrease discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms
  • CBT helps gaming addicts identify the 'triggers' of their addiction. Identify negative thoughts and replace negative thoughts that lead to gaming addiction
  • Aftercare and relapse prevention

What happens after treatment finishes?

Once residential treatment draws to a conclusion a comprehensive relapse prevention and aftercare plan is put in place. Our rehab centres also put patients in touch with an Online Gamers Anonymous programme taking place in their immediate area.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction today in confidence

Our gaming rehabilitation programme is available to NHS and privately paying patients. We also accept payment by way of a medical insurance policy. Allow our team of qualified experts to steer you towards a gaming-free future. Call Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.