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Video Game Addiction Information

Game addiction is a form of psychological addiction related to a compulsive use of computer and video games, most notably MMORPGs - open ended, online video games known for their depth, breadth, and social interaction. People suffering from this form of addiction may experience intense cravings to play the game and may also suffer symptoms of withdrawal when they stop playing the game. Those affected may also enter long periods of self-imposed social isolation where friends and family are excluded. One example of this is the gamer widow, a term used to designate a spouse or significant other who has been neglected because of the video game addiction.

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You can overcome an addiction by first admitting you have a problem and seeking treatment. "Overcoming" an addiction is different from "curing" an addiction. If you had diabetes and went to a diabetes clinic, you would be "treated" for diabetes. By the same token, addicts are "treated" for a disease called addiction.
Substance addiction is rampant throughout our country, and every year thousands of people die from overdose. Loved ones of the deceased continue to ask the same questions: “Why didn’t he stop using?” or “Didn’t she know it would eventually kill her?” These types of questions imply that an actual choice is involved with addiction. ... Read More »
Substance abuse disorders are interesting disorders. They are hallmarked by denial and minimization. When a family member has concerns about a loved one’s substance use confronting them, while important, may lead to more frustration regarding the substance use.

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