The D’Amore Solution to Internet and Gaming Addiction

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D’AMORE HEALTHCARE’S INTERNET AND GAMING ADDICTION

Because the internet is such a valuable resource and has become nearly inescapable in our society, internet addiction is one of the more insidious mental health issues. Video gaming operates on reward structures similar to alcohol and licit or illicit drugs. Internet and gaming addiction can mask other conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or lead to substance abuse. D’Amore Healthcare’s expert and compassionate clinicians are trained to get to the roots of what is driving your internet, gaming addiction or screen stress.

Therefore, we take your entire medical history, mental health history, social circle and self-care patterns into account. The staff at D’Amore Healthcare will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, situating you with ways to experience the reward, sense of connection and dopamine you were receiving on social media, across internet search and in your daily screen diet. As a result, you will develop the skills, replacement behaviors and relief to live a life of self-forgiveness, belonging, authenticity and balance.

PARTNERING WITH D’AMORE MEANS A LIFE FREE FROM INTERNET AND GAMING ADDICTION

The deceptive nature of Internet or gaming addiction often requires a new, stable environment for those afflicted. D’Amore ‘s residential mental health facility creates a safe and comfortable space for those suffering from Internet or gaming addiction in which to begin the process of stabilization, a foundation for mental wellness. Please don’t hesitate to call us any time, day or night, to take the first step towards an addiction-free life.

D’Amore Healthcare is an addiction treatment center for men and women, specializing in the residential treatment of gaming addiction, internet addiction and screen stress. We are a Joint Commission accredited, DHCS & DSS licensed facility, located in the sunny, beach communities of Southern California.

We offer the following addiction recovery services for those suffering from screen stress as well as internet and gaming addiction:

Residential Internet and Gaming Addiction Treatment
Individual and Group Counseling
Recreation and Exercise
Breathwork
Family Counseling
Equine Therapy
Nutrition Counseling
Discharge Planning and Long-Term Inclusion Services

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INTERNET AND GAMING ADDICTION

Because public commercial use of the Internet is still relatively young, definitions and information concerning Internet addiction are still evolving. The American Psychiatric Association stated that more research on the subject was required, and therefore excluded it from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. However, the World Health Organization has scheduled gaming addiction to be included in the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases.

WHAT IS INTERNET ADDICTION?

Broadly speaking, Internet addiction is present when an individual compulsively engages in online activity to the detriment of important social or occupational activities. Internet addiction may also be referred to as “problematic or pathological Internet use” and “Internet Use Disorder.” Furthermore, Internet addiction can include subsets of addictions such as:
Online shopping
Cybersex and pornography
Online relationships (Cyberlove addiction)
Online gambling
Video gaming

Like other addictions, Internet addiction has a high comorbidity and can mask other mental health disorders. These include:
Depression
Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Substance Abuse Disorder

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INTERNET AND GAMING ADDICTIONS

In 1998, Dr. Kimberly S. Young proposed the following set of criteria and stated that anyone who met five out of eight was likely addicted to the Internet:

1. Preoccupation with the Internet;
2. A need for increased time spent online to achieve the same amount of satisfaction;
3. Repeated efforts to curtail Internet use;
4. Irritability, depression, or mood lability when Internet use is limited;
5. Staying online longer than anticipated;
6. Putting a job or relationship in jeopardy to use the Internet;
7. Lying to others about how much time is spent online; and
8. Using the Internet as a means of regulating mood.

Other symptoms may include:
Dry eyes
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Backaches
Poor hygiene and nutrition
Mood swings
Loneliness
Dishonesty about Internet use
Isolation
Depression
Anxiety

If you or someone you love is suffering from Internet or gaming addiction, please call us today. Waiting to get help will rob you of peace today. Now is the time to get ahead of the addiction that is changing the world. D’Amore Healthcare is here to help you take the first steps on the path to a new life.

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