|The Computer Addiction Treatment Program promotes the harm reduction model for addiction treatment. Unlike most other addictions, an individual cannot expect to become completely abstinent from computer use. Our treatment model promotes moderation and balance and does not require the patient to completely stop game playing or using the computer altogether. Through this protocol, motivation for computer use is naturally reduced and opportunities for real life rewards are increased and supported by parents (or spouse/significant other). It promotes restoration of the family relationships damaged by the addiction.|
Internet Addiction Disorder:
Computer/Video Game Addiction
Part Two - Treatment
with Dr. Kenneth Woog of the Computer Addiction Treatment Program of Southern Calfornia.
|Individual and Family Psychotherapy|
Psychotherapy is the third component of treatment. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been demonstrated to be effective in treating a wide range of psychological problems including addiction, depression and anxiety. ACT is used to help patients become mindful,
Family psychotherapy can help the individual and family work through relationship issues arising during treatment. Academic and career assessment and coaching may also be recommended as a part of treatment to help guide the patient toward a success identity. The parents and significant others also learn how to tolerate their feelings when the patient exhibits anger, frustration and expresses hurt.