Playing video games has become not just a worldwide hobby, but even a televised sport. More than two billion (with a b) call themselves gamers. Sadly, around 4% of video game players are addicted to it, according to the National Institute of Health. That’s approximately 80 million individuals. Even more shocking, about 1 in 12 teenage gamers in the US report feeling a compulsion to play.
Video game addiction is a large piece of a pie that is called technology addiction. Studies vary, but Americans open their smartphones anywhere from 60 to 100 times every day. Gaming on a phone is very much indeed playing video games. For more information on technology addiction and how to treat it, please click here.
Addiction to gaming is a relatively new mental disorder, and there simply isn’t much in the way of support for those who struggle with it. We want to change that for the better. Here are three video game addiction helplines that are free and anonymous, available for anyone seeking help or support. Call today.
Call us anytime at 855-945-4310 to reach a behavioral health specialist who can provide counseling, information, and resources for food addiction treatment. You may also visit our homepage where you’ll find access to a wealth of more info, including an option to have a specialist call you directly.
Game Quitters is a web-based support group for those whose lives are being negatively affected by gaming. Click here to visit the site, which offers a multitude of resources and information.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a 24/7 helpline for those seeking help with any mental disorder, including but not limited to video game addiction. Call 800-662-4357 to reach a trained professional who can offer guidance, references and referrals. Or, click here to visit the SAMHSA helpline website.