Seattle pioneers in video game addiction research and treatment, Dr. Hilarie Cash and Anna DiNoto of Argosy University, have developed a range of new services for people living with and affected by video game or computer addictions.
Therapy groups now exist to treat people with video game addictions in group therapy with others who have the same problem. Adults and teens aged over 16 work together to learn how to re-intergrate into reality, find a healthy balance between computer use and other areas of their lives, and learn new life skills they may be missing out on.
A similar group is offered for younger people aged 10-15, who are struggling with computer game addiction.
Parents can participate in a seperate group which will help them learn about their child’s addiction, no matter what their child’s age, and to learn how best to support them in overcoming their video game addiction.
And couples, whose marriages may be under strain as a result of compulsive video game playing, can learn how to reconnect, communicate, and rediscover intimacy in their relationship.
I applaud the Seattle team for their innovations in this much-needed area, and encourage anyone who can access these groups to make the most of this rare opportunity. I hope the success of these groups will lead to greater recognition of the problems that video game and computer addictions create for individuals and families.
For more information, contact Dr. Hilarie Cash and Anna DiNoto at Internet/Computer Addiction Services, 16307 N.E. 83rd St., Redmond, WA. 98052.
Telephone: (425) 861-5504
You can also join their Facebook group.
Photos (c) Dr Hilarie Cash & Anna DiNoto