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Video Games – A New Addiction

Times change and these changes affect everyone differently. As technology advances, various types of available entertainment become more readily available. One such form of entertainment that has gained notoriety and popularity is gaming. Gaming is participating in playing video games of all different types. While commonly thought of as something for children, gaming has increased immensely in popularity among young adults and even middle-aged adults. For adults, video games are sometimes viewed as an avenue of escape after a stressful day at work or a way to relax after a long week. With the advent of online gaming capabilities, gamers can now play their game of choice from the comfort of their couch and engage other gamers from around the world within the game. This adds a social aspect to gaming that wasn’t available years ago.

As with other coping mechanisms, when you use gaming as a means to escape reality on a regular basis, it becomes a habit. That habit can, for some individuals, turn into an addiction. When an individual becomes so involved or engrossed in their gaming that they begin to make choices that negatively affect their lives, their gaming habit can become a concern. Some games require financial resources, as well, and when addiction is involved, the gaming becomes so prioritized that money is squandered in an effort to improve the gaming experience. Irrational and decisions and impulsiveness in regards to gaming can be additional signs of addiction.

Gaming isn’t a bad thing. However, as with many things, when played in excess and no thought to moderation is made, gaming can quickly turn into an addiction. If you are prone to excessive gaming or you know someone that is focused on gaming that their life is passing them by, look deeply into the situation and determine if addiction is an issue.

Addiction comes in many forms. It isn’t just drugs and alcohol. Regardless of what your addiction is focused on, it can be detrimental to your health, happiness, and relationships. Don’t let addiction ruin your life or control you for even one more moment. If you or a loved one is struggling with your recovery or still contemplating the journey of recovery, please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 today to speak with an addiction expert to find the support you need to make this choice. You are worth it. Treatment isn’t easy, but you can do it, and you deserve a life free of addiction.