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Gaming Addiction & Treatment

In today’s world, online gaming offers an irresistible escape into a virtual universe of adventure and connectedness. Unfortunately, this convenience can all-too-easily develop into addiction.

If you feel your connection to the real world slipping away or sense that something is wrong with the amount of time spent in game worlds – Connection Mental Healthcare has helped countless people rebuild their lives again.

Expert addiction treatment

Our team consists of experienced professionals who understand how daunting it can be to break free from this kind of bondage—so reach out: together we’ll find solutions, so you live life on YOUR terms once more!

Gaming can bring joy and excitement, but it’s important to recognise when this hobby has become an unhealthy habit. No matter how many hours a person spends gaming (whether minimal or excessive) addictive behaviour is marked by the inability to live life without it.

When gaming becomes an obsession

In any case of addiction, each experience will have unique causes and consequences; however, regardless of cause, if you feel that playing games has developed into an obsession rather than a source of entertainment seek help as soon as possible before problems develop further.

Gaming addiction treatment

If it feels impossible to stop playing despite numerous attempts, or even when games have lost their appeal; if stress from real life activities is driving you into game-playing binges and encouraging poor self-care habits – such as not getting enough sleep and eating poorly; if turning away from face time interactions leaves a void that can only be filled by virtual friends then maybe it’s time recognise this pattern.

Addressing relationship tension caused by gaming addiction

Have you noticed that your gaming behaviour is causing tension in relationships with those around you?

Even if it’s difficult to acknowledge, our team would love the opportunity to hear more about what may be driving this addiction. If any questions arise related to your gaming habits or concerns for yourself or someone close by – don’t hesitate; reach out and share them with us today.

Understanding the nature of gaming addiction

Addiction to gaming is a multifaceted phenomenon related to many personal medical, psychological and social factors. Experiencing or coping with major events such as the loss of loved ones or traumatic experiences can often lead people towards unregulated online play.

Gaming may provide an escape from difficult emotions in real life by providing comfort through customisable virtual worlds where individuals are able to have power over their environment without fear of judgement or confrontation.

People on the autism spectrum also find that certain game environments offer improved control and visibility which help them cope better than being out in public settings might allow for some individuals’ needs.

The thrill and risks of immersive gaming experiences

Enjoying a thrilling digital escape with your friends, succeeding in heated competitions, and being immersed by passionate game creators – these are some of the experiences that video games such as League of Legends or Fortnite can bring you.

Not only do they provide relaxation and challenge to engage your brain and creativity; but also enable interaction with people who might be missing from everyday life offline. However beware: gaming addiction may emerge due to their habituation techniques which involve buying additional content for staying up-to-date.

Overcoming gaming addiction

From subtle gaming habits to full-blown addiction, barriers are rapidly dissolving in an age of technology. Unfulfilled by life’s events and relationships?

Technology seems ready to fill the void with endless possibilities – but it can come at a cost. If you’re feeling frustrated that normal activities for leisure have taken a back seat or lost their enjoyable quality altogether, reach out for help from Connection Mental Healthcare; take control before your affliction takes over!

Seeking help for gaming addiction

Taking the first steps towards healing is a courageous move. At our rehabilitation clinic, we provide specialised programs that are specifically tailored to your individual needs regarding gaming addiction and recovery.

Our intake process allows us to gain an understanding of how this dependency has impacted you and what kind of treatment plan would be most effective for reaching lasting success in regaining control over your life once again.

We proudly offer professional assistance — so don’t hesitate to reach out today and take those crucial initial strides on the journey back from addiction.

Frequently asked questions about game addiction

Serious addiction

Many people think that someone can only become addicted to alcohol or drugs. However, a game addiction is also a real addiction that can have serious consequences for someone’s mental and physical health.

Professional help

At Connection Mental Healthcare we offer professional help with a gaming addiction. Thanks to our personal approach, our clients can return to life in a full way after the treatment.


Computer games allow us to have fun and relax. Playing computer games ensures that someone ends up in another world for a while and can escape reality.

Even more challenges

In recent years, the games have improved considerably with realistic characters and more challenges in the game. You can also play against each other online. As a result, gaming has become a lot more popular. Many people play online games on a PlayStation, Xbox, computer, smartphone or iPad.


However, playing computer games can quickly turn into a compulsive act and addiction.

Problem yes or no?

It is sometimes difficult to estimate whether there really is a problem. The severity of a gaming addiction depends on how often and how much time you game per day. Do you play games for several hours a day? That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re addicted. When you’re addicted, you often tell lies to keep gaming.

Structural use

If your real life, your sleep rhythm, your feelings, your school or work performance or your social contacts suffer from it, something is really going on. If there is structural use, you can no longer stop independently and gaming leads to problems, seek help. The professional team of Connection is ready for you: 021 541 0643.

Professional help

At Connection Mental Healthcare we offer professional help with a gaming addiction. We help our clients stop gaming in a responsible and committed way.

Short waiting lists

We do not work with long waiting lists and are happy to make an appointment for an intake at short notice. Call 021 541 0643 for help now.

Connection Mental Healthcare is a private rehab. Our rates vary depending on the length of treatment and on what kind of accommodation you prefer.

We offer shared room accommodation, and private room accommodation depending on availability. The minimum length of treatment is 28 days; however, 42 days is advised. Please contact us for more information and we will make sure that we respond to you within 24 hours.


If you register with Connection Mental Healthcare for help with a gaming addiction, you have already taken the most important step. Because we understand addiction very well and have a lot of experience in treating it, we work with respect and without prejudice. Recovering from an addiction is indeed possible through treatment in our clinic.


Depending on the addiction problem, we focus on getting the use under control, the withdrawal and learning how to prevent a relapse. Our specialists have a lot of experience with gaming addiction and understand what you need like no other. During intake we map out your needs and degree of addiction. A tailor-made treatment plan is drawn up that you can use under the guidance of our professional staff.

We help you

Game addiction is a serious problem that requires professional guidance. You need to start living your life again, but without the behaviours and games you used to be addicted to. We help you with this: call 021 541 0643 to arrange an intake.

No choice

No one chooses to become addicted to gaming. It often starts innocently enough, but unconsciously someone can quickly become addicted and lose control.


When there is a period in which there is structural gaming, there is a good chance that someone has become dependent.


There are several reasons why someone can become addicted. Personal and medical causes can play a role, as can environmental or heredity. Sometimes other underlying factors play a role.


During treatment at Connection Mental Health Care, our specialists look beyond just your addiction and also include the aforementioned causes in the treatment program.

Signs of a gaming addiction:

  • Want to play more and more hours.
  • Little sleep and nights to play games.
  • Lying about gaming.
  • Difficulty interrupting gameplay while playing.
  • Less personal care and poor food.
  • Being obsessively busy with gaming and constantly working on the next time you can play again.
  • Responding angrily to comments about gaming.
  • Neglecting work, school, and relationships with friends and family.
  • Despite the fact that someone would like to cut down or stop gaming and try several times, they still can’t stop.
  • More friends in the virtual world than in the real world.


The game addict will increasingly suffer from obsessive thoughts, such as: ‘I’m going to win soon’. In order to stay focused, people are increasingly resorting to means to give alertness, such as energy drinks, coffee, weed, cigarettes and sometimes cocaine.

Isolation Sitting

Being indoors causes a shortage of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bone and muscle development. The game addict becomes increasingly isolated because contacts with school, family and friends are avoided. There’s just no time for it anymore. Young people who are forced by their parents to stop gaming can react so violently that they direct their aggression at their parents. A bad mood is a daily occurrence for people with a gaming addiction.


Looking for help? The professional team of Connection Mental Health Care is ready for you: 021 541 0643.


Talk to the game addict at a well-chosen time, so not when he or she has used. Bring up the game use in a non-accusatory way. Ask how the addict prefers to be supported and make agreements for the future on the basis of this. Express your appreciation for what is going well.


Being close to someone who is addicted to gaming causes stress. You may feel guilty, angry, or very lonely. It is best to admit that it is no longer possible, that you are at the end of your strength. It is not easy to come to the conclusion that outside help is needed.

Get in touch

Looking for help? The professional team of Connection Mental Healthcare is ready for you: 021 541 0643.

Scientific research has shown that parts of the brain, such as the reward centre, memory and the neocortex, are involved in the development and further development of addiction. Stopping a substance to which you are addicted is therefore not at all easy because your own brain cells are bothering you.

Definitive change

Long-term gaming results in a definitive change: fewer receptors enter the brain and powerful memories are created. These changes make a person even more susceptible to addiction. With this knowledge you could call gaming addiction a (mental) illness.

Hereditary yes or no?

According to studies, drug use appears to be hereditary. However, it does not necessarily mean that you will also become a user if one of your parents is or was an addict. Environmental conditions can reduce the effect of increased susceptibility.

Family disease

Addiction can be labelled as a ‘family disease’. An addiction does not only have effects on the addict himself, but also on the environment. That is why Connection Mental Healthcare also likes to have contact with the client’s social system during treatment. In this way we help family and friends to learn how to deal with the effects.

Family program

Want to know more about our family program? Please contact us during working days on 021 541 0643. uses cookies to give you the best experience on our website. These first-party and third-party cookies enable important functionality to operate, help us monitor and improve how the website works and for marketing purposes. By clicking 'Accept All' you accept all cookies from this website.