Gaming Addiction

Calo Young Adults - Non-Substance-Related disorders


I’ve been playing games since I was 10, and “they” just noticed? They say they’re worried since I spend so much time in my room or in the basement with my computer. My days and nights sometimes get mixed up since I stay up all night playing, and then I sleep all day. My parents are calling my gaming an addiction, and they are telling me that I need to get help. Well, if I need help, so does every other kid I know.


Little did I know that getting help meant going to a program. The first few weeks at Calo Young Adults were hard. I had to figure out what I had done to my sleep , and I had to understand and accept that my withdrawal is part of recovering from what they call a non-substance related disorder. My therapist says that my symptoms are similar to what happens to some people when they are trying to stop drugs or alcohol. I’m still pretty angry, but I have company. A lot of kids here have problems with technology that take different forms: gaming, Facebook, cell phone, internet. This isn’t a place where the therapists take everything away. They say they can teach me how to use technology so that it fits in my life instead of being the only thing in my life. I’m not too sure I want that, yet.

A relatively new phenomena in the world of young adult treatment programs has been the rise of Non-Substance-Related Disordersassociated with social media, computer and cell phone usage, and on-line gaming. Students who present with Non-Substance-Related Disorders fit the criteria for “process or behavioral addictions”. The answers to key diagnostic questions that include, “How much time does the activity consume?” and “How much disruption does the activity create in everyday functioning?” are critical in determining the degree of impairment. Treatment at Calo Young Adults does not follow a model of abstinence since living and working successfully in the world today not only requires levels of technological mastery, but also demands a balanced life with recreational choices that promote positive inter-personal relationships. Comorbid or coexisting disorders often observed in individuals presenting with Non-Substance-Related Disorders include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorder, and Avoidant Personality Disorder.

For additional information about the treatment of Non-Substance-Related DisorderswithAutism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorder, and Avoidant Personality Disorder at Calo Young Adults, please contact Admissions.

Non-Substance-Related Disorders
last modified: July 16th, 2018