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 A Friend in Trouble - Advice?

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ErnieA



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PostSubject: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:12 pm

Hi!
I am a friend to a fellow deeply involved in gaming addiction.
Last night he didn't even come home and left his wife alone.
I would like to know what the next steps should be and where the best rehabilitation centers would be or what you would suggest.

Thanks!

Ernie
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Concerned Parent



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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:03 pm

My youngest son is addicted to video games, i.e. Warcraft. He spends all of his waking hours hooked to the computer. I didn't realize he had a problem until he returned home. Dr. Phil had a show that dealt wit the same issue. I'm not sure if there are any support groups throughout the U.S., except for those online. The treatment/advice would be more effective it is handled face-to-face. Right now, I'm going to find out as much as I can about video game addiction in the hopes of attempting to get my son back in the real world and become a responsible and independent adult.
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PostSubject: to concerned parent   Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:56 am

I'm with you. I too am trying to learn all I can before I find Sam a therapist to help him see how spending 6, 8, 19, 14 hrs a day gaming is not healthy physically or psychologically. But he is 14 and I am 54 so we all know who knows the most about most things.

Gail
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PostSubject: A friend in trouble   Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:00 am

Ernie,

Is there really no other solution other than inpatient internet addiction treatment? I doubt insurance in the US would pay for that even if it is available.

What do others think?

Gail
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IntoTheGame



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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:53 am

i was addicted to almost the same game as warcraft. starcraft, made by the same company . same basic thing, created maps from other players, and original melee matches, 1v1,2v2,3v3,4v4. i would probably still be addicted to the game if i hadnt found another game that was a change from starcraft. and now i dont have a computer so its hard to play it.

if hes anything like i was, removing the game from him, or taking away the computer will not help neither will making them quit the current game(especially warcraft/starcraft) as you get into the game , and your fellow gamers will not be pleased, as i was very upset when people left the game early, as it wrecks the game for everyone else.. it made me a very different person, aggressive, and angry. usually taken out on the person trying to take the computer/game away. i wanted to hit my parents, and anyone who got in the way of my game. thank god i never did though. i wished my parents would have involved me in other things i enjoyed doing, going to see a movie that interested me, or doing other activities they enjoy. my dad took me out for supper, let friends sleep over(sometimes resulted in both of us on the computer) and other things i wanted to do. not everything has to be something you must pay for, but those are the things kids are interested in, because its something u dont do very often. if you dont know what your son/daughter likes to do other then video games, ask them what they would like to do. it may/may not work, im just speaking from my experience as an addicted gamer. if everything you try to do does not work, try asking your son or daughter to teach you how to play, and make it something u can do together on occasions. it will help u to understand your son/daughter in the world they live in. and really, it IS a different world. i hope ive given anyone reading this a little bit of insight into the mind of a teenage gamer. and i hope this information can help you gain a better relationship with you son/daughter and help convince them theres other things u can do for fun, why use all ur time on 1 fun thing, when you can do many? have a variety.
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gamingaddiction!



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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:15 pm

Hi There. I am a drug addiction counselor, but one of my colleagues has just set up a facebook forum - gaming addiction forum. If you find it on facebook and 'like' it, he will answer any queries on a daily basis with advice on minimization and where to get help etc.

He is a pretty cool guy so could be of help!

Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:38 am

Sorry, I can't help you...
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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:14 am

anjalisharma wrote:
Sorry, I can't help you...

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PostSubject: Re: A Friend in Trouble - Advice?   Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:10 pm

Concerned Parent wrote:
My youngest son is addicted to video games, i.e. Warcraft.  He spends all of his waking hours hooked to the computer.  I didn't realize he had a problem until he returned home.   Dr. Phil had a show that dealt wit the same issue.   I'm not sure if there are any support groups throughout the U.S., except for those online.  The treatment/advice would be more effective it is handled face-to-face.  Right now, I'm going to find out as much as I can about video game addiction in the hopes of attempting to get my son back in the real world and become a responsible and independent adult.

Hey ConcernedParent! I have the same problem in my family. My son is addicted to computer games and I really don't know what to do now. We decided to install PCWebControl cause our friend recommend this software to us. We blocked some kind of pages and don't allow him to play for a long time but...it's still not enough. Crying or Very sad
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