Treatment Programs for Video Game Addiction in Teens
How Does Trails Carolina Help Teens with Video Game Addiction?
Video game and Internet addiction among teenagers has grown rapidly in recent years. There is an increasingly growing need for video game addiction treatment programs. A number of negative psychological health consequences have been reported in association to video game addiction, such as depression, suicidal ideation, and anxiety.
Trails Carolina is a groundbreaking and cutting edge treatment facility that is fully equipped to treat your teen dealing with video game addiction. If left untreated, a video game addiction can lead to unemployment, isolation, and other neurotic behaviors later in life.
We treat video game addiction with a mix of wilderness therapy, individual therapy, equine relational programming, family therapy, skill building, academics, and positive coping mechanisms. Our focus is providing lifelong tools that your teenager can use upon reentering the world to live a successful life.
What are the Causes of Video Game Addiction?
Professionals believe that there are many factors that cause teens to become addicted to video games. It is believed that adolescents suffering from mood disorders, behavior issues, low self-esteem, trauma, isolation, and poor peer socialization are most at risk in developing an addiction to video games. Teenagers use video games as a negative coping mechanism to escape the realities of the world. However, prolonged use of video games as a means of therapy leads to extreme negative behaviors.
The correlation between the amount of computer game usage and behavioral problems and its subscales were reviewed. This showed that there was a significant and direct correlation between withdrawn/depression, depression/anxiety, social problems, rule-breaking problems, and aggressive behavior.
It is also believed that children who have televisions/access to video games in their bedrooms are more likely to develop an addiction to video games. Playing video games mimics the kinds of sensory assaults humans are programmed to associate with danger. When the brain senses danger, primitive survival mechanisms swiftly kick in to provide protection from harm. This response is instantaneous; it is hardwired in our genes and necessary for survival.
Teenagers who regularly play video games are more susceptible to forming an addiction because the body and brain are operating on a primitive level, and teens are unable to regulate themselves back to a calm state.
Transitioning Success and Progress Back Home
Throughout their time at wilderness therapy, Trails students continuously transition from a wilderness therapy setting to base camp. These transitions help students learn to smoothly transfer newly acquired skills and behavior patterns from one environment to another.
It’s common for other therapeutic programs to get students into a sort of rhythm within a certain setting with specific people. The skills and changes being made in those sorts of stagnant environments can make students completely dependent on staying in one type of setting with their one group of individuals. This can delay growth and progress.
Within our program at Trails, we move students through different situations with different professional staff members in order to challenge their skills, assess, and continually build new ones. This leads to better outcomes.
Our specifically designed programming around transitions works closely with families to develop a plan for after students graduate from Trails. This plan for the tomorrow helps instill confidence in students and families that they will be able to smoothly transition skills and changes made at Trails back into the real world.
Learn more about transitions at Trails here.
Treatments for Video Game Addiction
Trails Carolina offers a dynamic setting that is essential in treating video game addiction in teenagers. Our trained staff provides a safe and healthy environment for your teen to heal. We build trust and relationships with our patients, ensuring they receive the best treatment possible.
Our wilderness program takes the teen completely out of their addiction by replacing their technology dependence with healthier habits. The wilderness program is engaging, with teens working in a group setting. Our program provides structure, life skills, and positive coping mechanisms that teenagers can use throughout their life. Your teen will learn to live a life free of video games and full of other interests and skills that will build them up socially, mentally, and academically.
Trails Carolina also uses various therapeutic methods in treating your teen. Because depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders go hand-in-hand with video game addiction, our trained staff of therapists will assess and provide your teen with forms of individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, adventure therapy, equine relational programming, and more.
How do you know if your child is addicted to video games or technology?
Symptoms of teens with video game addiction include:
- Behavioral issues
- Social issues
- Emotional issues
- Poor academic performance
- Poor self-care
- Poor personal adjustment
- Extreme stress
- Aggressive behavior
- Peer pressure/peer rejection
- Mood disorders
- Substance abuse issues
- Anxiety and depression
- Attention problems
- Social isolation
Mindfulness Programming Helps Students Gain Sense Of Self
At Trails, we have incorporated evidence-based mindfulness and yoga practices throughout the daily routine and clinical work of all students.
Students at Trails Carolina partake in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum to expand their capacity to manage stress in a nourishing and non-judgmental way. Core components of the MBSR groups at Trails include grounding techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, mindful movement, and thought-stopping techniques to help students develop a deeper sense of their body and regain control of their actions and internal processes.
Throughout their time at Trails, students are regularly encouraged to tune into their senses, pause, and strengthen their mental capacity to be still and content without constant distractions. Mindfulness techniques are also shared with all parents of Trails Carolina students as a valuable resource that can be incorporated into parenting and can also be applied as a coping strategy. By educating both parents and students in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Trails Carolina provides families with a common experience that contributes to positive parent-child relationships and improves treatment outcomes.
Along with MBSR, students participate in yoga sessions which helps them learn how to reconnect with their bodies and teaches breath control. For a lot of our students, especially those who struggle with trauma, their own bodies can feel very foreign to them. Yoga can serve as the bridge between the body and the mind.
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