Entertaining past-time or uncontrollable obsession? Video game addiction and computer addiction are increasing, particularly among the younger generations. It can be accompanied by alcohol and drug use, and can have severe social and physical effects. What is a gaming addiction, and could you or a loved one be suffering from it? Find out about video game addiction symptoms (including xbox addiction, computer and internet addiction generally), and our highly successful video game addiction treatment - for you, a partner, loved one or child.
Our effective video game addiction treatment
Everyone deserves a meaningful life. Triora offers proven and highly effective video game and internet addiction treatment to help you – or a loved one - stop playing video games. The Triora Model, our unique, holistic approach, includes a successful combination of medical and psychological treatments, in group sessions or through personal coaching.
From the moment you register with us you are never alone. Our professional, dedicated team are here to help you to take back control, in a pleasant environment where you do not need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. We strongly believe in working together - loved ones can also be involved in the process through our relationship and family counselling.
Our residential treatment takes place in the peaceful surroundings of our modern, private clinic in an attractive location near the beach in Alicante, Spain. Outpatient treatment is also available via secure videoconferencing. Treatment can be provided in English or Spanish. We look forward to helping you start a new and fulfilling life without gaming.
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Do I have a gaming addiction?
Do you spend a significant amount of time at your computer playing video games or surfing? Are you neglecting your work or studies as a result, to the extent that this is harming yourself, friends or family? Then it is highly likely that you have an internet or video game addiction. Gaming addiction is often accompanied by the use of alcohol, drugs, energy drinks, smoking tobacco and cannabis. Take our video game addiction test to find out if you need game addiction help, treatment, or support.
What are the signs of video game addiction?
You could have an addiction to video games if you have some of the following symptoms:
- You sometimes hide the time you spend on the internet / playing video games
- You play video games / stay online longer than you planned
- You have called in sick or skipped classes to keep playing video games, or been late for work or studies because of playing video games or surfing on the internet late into the night.
- You lose sleep because of playing video games / surfing the internet late into the night.
- Playing video games / internet surfing is interfering with your family, social or working life
- You experience psychological discomfort when you reduce or stop playing video games or online activities
- You have tried to cut down on the amount of time you spend online / playing video games but have been unable to.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of video game addiction?
The withdrawal symptoms of stopping with addictive games vary from person to person but can include:
- Anxiety, depression or mood swings
- Lack of motivation, direction and interest in life
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability and restlessness
- Fantasies and dreams about the game or being in the game
- Sleeping more or suffering from sleeplessness
What are the causes of gaming addiction?
In positive situations, our bodies produce substances called endorphins, which produce a feeling of wellbeing. This is what also happens when playing video games. Some people continue playing addictive games for longer periods and more often, to feel better about themselves or to escape from the stresses of life. Over the longer term, this can become addictive behaviour. People with an addiction to video games spend a large part of their time playing these games.
As with gambling, the body gets used to the fact that large quantities of endorphins are generated. This can go so far, that stopping leads to serious physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms – comparable to an addiction to drugs. Other existing addictions such as alcohol or drugs can also lead to a video game addiction.
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