Technology is arguably the most beneficial tool used in our present-day society. It is used to cure people of and prevent deadly diseases; it is used to educate young minds; it is used to allow businesses to thrive; and, it is used to connect people from opposite ends of the globe, bringing new light to the old song “It’s a small world after all.” Technology addiction, therefore, is a new and real problem.
Even technology that was created for recreation has beneficial aspects. Video games can teach users certain skills such as hand-eye coordination, “spatial navigation, reasoning, memory and perception,” and may even improve social skills, according to studies reported in American Psychologist. Contrary to the past several decades, new studies are coming out of the woodwork that find positive aspects of video games.
On the other hand, there is a dark side to this ever-popular pass-time that most certainly cannot be ignored: namely, technology addiction. Although many people enjoy video games as a leisurely pass-time, some gamers abuse this technology to an extreme that disrupts many aspects of their lives.
Similar to compulsive gambling, video game and technology addiction is considered a clinical addiction because addicts display an increased need for more of the game in order to be fulfilled and because they become irritable when they do not get their “fix.” The following are some of the signs that psychologists have reported that they see in young people diagnosed with video game and technology addiction. See more from Addiction Recovery.
- Preoccupation with the game (thinking about the game while doing other activities).
- Playing the game for increased amounts of time.
- Feeling irritable, restless or depressed when trying to cut down use of the game.
- Gaming to escape feelings of depression, anxiety or other unpleasant feelings.
- Isolation from other activities or important relationships in order to play the game.
Like any addiction, video game and technology addiction is a progressive disease, and it will severely damage the user’s life and relationships if the disease is not interrupted with intense and strategic treatment. With this in mind, it is imperative that you find help as soon as possible before the addiction progresses.
The unique wilderness therapy program at Pacific Quest is a perfect design for a young person struggling with video game addiction and technology addiction. Our internationally recognized program integrates a variety of approaches into each individual treatment plan, creating a truly holistic recovery.
Some of the strategies that our highly-skilled team members use to aid in the recovery of gaming and technology addiction are:
- Wilderness therapy
- In-patient treatment
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Group therapy
- Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise
- Boundaries and rewards set by parents
Located in a beautiful, secluded camp on the Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Quest provides the perfect environment for your child to discover true beauty in the world around him or her as well as inside of himself or herself through wilderness therapy. By using the “outdoor classroom,” wilderness therapy uses ground-breaking techniques to transform young people’s lives to encourage healthy life choices.
Pacific Quest uses horticultural therapy and neurodevelopmental treatment models to give young adults and adolescents a treatment plan that integrates all aspects of life. We combine “the calming effect of natural surroundings with the support of individualized therapy.”
Some of the activities in which your child will participate while engaged in our programs are to combat video game and technology addiction are:
- Rites of Passage
- Organic gardening
- meal preparation and planning
- horticultural therapy
- personal reflection
- individual and group therapy
- group initiatives
- goal development and evaluation
- wellness education
- physical activity
- community service
Some of these activities are likely ones that you have attempted to get your child interested in, only to watch her or him play a favorite video game for hours upon hours. It may be that, when you look at your child in front of that TV or computer screen, you agree with Albert Einstein that “it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
However, all hope is not lost. You can call the compassionate admissions staff at Pacific Quest today and see how we can help your child begin a sustainable and healthy life.