They tried to make me go to rehab, I said…up, down, select, triangle. That’s right, you can now enter rehab for game addiction (consoles and PC, not pheasants). Broadway Lodge in Somerset, which deal with regular addictions such as drugs, drink and gambling, have now opened their doors to welcome those with an addiction to gaming.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Broadway Lodge’s chief executive – Brian Dudley – told how they have modified their Minnesota Method Twelve-Step programme to include gamers. It’s used to slowly draw people away from their vice. According to Mr. Dudley, the problem is quite serious.
…I would stick my neck out and say between five and ten per cent of parents or partners would say they know of someone addicted to an online game.
They have recently treated one such case whereby a 23 year-old male was playing up to 8 hours straight without eating or interacting socially and was brought in by his family. Apparently, in this man’s case, the 12-step programme was successful and he now has the ‘mechanisms to cope with it’.
Whilst at the lodge, patients can expect to undertake activities such as vacuuming, washing dishes and listening to various types of theraputic media; all in attempt to kick the habit, which can lead to malnutrition, social exclusion and posture problems, in serious cases.
However, Peter Smith, a counsellor at the rehab center believes the addiction is a very serious one, that needs to be resolved.
It’s not unusual for people to get so obsessed with online gaming that they forget to eat and drift towards an anorexic and undernourished state
He went on to add:
You have a relationship with characters in the game that give you an artificial feeling, created by your body’s natural endorphins, when you have killed some monster or solved a problem
Now, call me a cynic,but isn’t that the whole appeal of videogames? Why aren’t the parents getting involved if they are that worried about their loved ones? I’m not saying people can’t be additcted to games, but why would a rehab center be needed? If it were me, and I noticed that I hadn’t seen my child for 8 hours, including at dinner times, I would intervene well before I thought of rehab!
Obviously, not everyone agrees with Broadway Lodge. The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association denies any possible addiction to games:
Playing video games is becoming increasingly mainstream in the UK and we firmly believe in the positive impact playing games can have
Is it me, or are people becoming so dependant on everyone else to sort out their problems?