It is similar to drug or alcohol addiction in that addicted gamers
often try to escape problems in their lives by playing deeply engrossing video games that provide them with a
sense of power and control.
At Home Treatment Plan for Game Addiction
We offer 4-week intensive virtual program:
Online and At Your Own Pace
A Virtual Circle of Care Team Supporting Your Recovery
12 Individual Therapy Sessions
Specialized Group Therapy
3 Family Therapy
4 Partner Support Therapy
Accountability / Mentor Support
24-Month Continuation of Care
A New Alternative to Residential Treatment. And yes, it works.
If you are considering whether you might have a problem, trying to make an honest appraisal of your relationship
with video games could be revealing.
Are you simply an enthusiast, or have you arrived at a point of dependence? Can you be comfortably separated from
your gaming for days at a time, or would this be problematic?
The recognition of the disorder will hopefully allow people to engage with these kinds of questions without
concerns over their validity.
Effects of Gaming Disorder
Video game disorder can create or exacerbate other mental health issues.
Note that someone who spends days at a time playing video games may be vulnerable to depression and anxiety when
they are separated from their games.
There is also the issue of video game dependence becoming linked with other problems, adding further complexity
to the dependency.
Any two addictions can become paired with each other. A common example is coffee and cigarettes.
The same could certainly happen with video gaming and other behaviours.
Let’s say whenever the person is playing games, they’re always eating a particular food. They’ll start to link
those two things together. So the pairing can further increase the impact the disorder can have on
Influence of Video Game Disorder on Social Skills
These games offer a chemical reward, similar to that elicited through drug use, while giving users an attractive
escape to become fully immersed in a virtual world that they can command.
The sense of power, accomplishment and self-worth are highly addictive to users of all ages, but especially
socially maladjusted teenagers, most often boys, who withdraw from society and into the gaming world as a form of
Video Game Addiction Disorder Treatment
Our addiction rehab centres treat the serious nature of
gaming addiction with the utmost care and compassion, providing a safe and relaxing environment to assist with
treatment. By personalizing the treatment
options, we learn the intricacies of your condition to help you reach your recovery goals and sustaining a
healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Trafalgar offers residential treatment for gaming addiction and co-occurring psychological disorders at
our residential addiction
treatment centres. While at our care, you will receive a personalized treatment program for gaming
addiction specific to your personal needs.
For those unable to attend our residential treatment programs, Trafalgar offers intensive outpatient addiction
treatment as an effective alternative to residential rehabilitation for gaming addiction.
Our outpatient centre offers 4-week or
6-week intensive treatment that will address all your addiction issues as well as any concurrent disorders.
So, you can get the same intensive outpatient program through an online, secure platform.
Video Game Addiction Aftercare
As part of Trafalgar’s video game addiction treatment program, we offer
aftercare services to make sure that upon graduation of the client, any relapse will be prevented through
our aftercare, ContinUCare and Continuation of
Some may think that if they have made it through a video game addiction rehab
program then their problems are over. Completing a video game addiction treatment program is a great
accomplishment, but it is only the beginning of the recovery journey. Aftercare is especially important during
the first few years of recovery.
Aftercare participation is a chance to interact with other clients who also struggle
with addiction, practice social skills and identify relapse triggers. Our Aftercare Groups enable you to have an
opportunity to check in and receive constructive feedback from fellow addicts on how you are progressing.
ContinUCare enables the client and their Trafalgar care team to monitor progress on
the journey to recovery and potentially identify and address areas of concern before they escalate into serious
problems. It is like having your care team constantly watching out for you and there to provide help if needed.
Continuation of Care
Clients will schedule a call with the Continuation of Care Counsellor during the first week
after discharge. Addiction counselling calls will continue biweekly for a period of four months. After the 4 month period, it will be followed by monthly calls for the following 20 months. Clients can
arrange calls to suit their schedules within regular business hours. These counselling calls will provide an
excellent way of tracking progress and discussing any issues that may arise.
Meet Our Renowned Experts
You will receive gaming addiction treatment from the very best. We
have a team of
accredited professionals who have many years of clinical and research
Dr. Christine Courbasson
Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Advisor
Nathaniel Israel, MA, RP
Clinical Director, Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program