Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From Nebraska

Gaming Addiction Help Program that Serves Nebraska Teens

Located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, we serve Nebraska teens.  Our 24/7 overnight program is a viable solution for families seeking the very best option for their teen who overuses video games and related online habits (excessive Youtube watching, online pornography, social media).  video game disorder help

Video game disorder help is becoming more common because video games are designed to be habit forming.  Overall, the video game industry generates over $100 billion dollars in revenue per year. Video game designers, like anyone else trying to make a profit, are always looking for ways to get more people playing their games. They accomplish this by making a game just challenging enough to keep you coming back for more but not so hard that the player eventually gives up.

At Camp Pocono Trails, we help teens learn how to live life in balance so that video games are not taking over your teen’s life.  We are the premier video game disorder help program for teens that struggle with digital overuse behaviors including help for internet addiction, family discord, and social problems.  

Camp Pocono Trails Provides Help for Nebraska Teens Needing Gaming Addiction Help


At Camp Pocono Trails, therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, teachers, nursing and activity staff all work together as a multidisciplinary team to help your child.  By participating in a positive peer culture, campers learn how to socialize appropriately and interact in the real world without the use of screens. Over time we will reintroduce your student to screens in a slow, systematic manner.  

We also work with families on how to manage your screen activity as a role model back home.  One effective way to change screen behaviors in your child long term is to role model. When having a conversation with your child, give them your full attention and be sure you are not also using your iPad or phone.  Don™t check your phone when driving. Don™t check devices while at dinner.

Video game disorder help is only effective if the parents are role modeling the behaviors they want to see with their child.  Children will be more inclined to read if they see a parent reading. They will be more inclined to exercise if they see a parent exercising.  Find a hobby or activity your child might be interested in doing where you can spend time together in lieu of video game playing or browsing the internet.  Researchers also recommend replacing fast-paced recreational games with educational games.

Does Your Child Have Video Game Disorder? A Place for Nebraska Families to Start

Based in Pennsylvania, our program helps teens from across the country with video game disorders.  Many parents that enroll their child at Camp Pocono Trails try in-home interventions first. A behavioral contract can work, but parents need to remember that a contract is like a marriage.  Both parties need to agree. You can™t just force the rules upon your child. Ask them what they want to work for, and how much time is reasonable to play online after homework is done. video game disorder help

Some clients need a higher level of care than what a therapist can provide, and this may not have been initially been clear to their therapist. For example, if your teen has co-occurring depression that is not responding to once per week outpatient psychotherapy, they might need more intensive care, including psychiatric medication, more frequent visits or inpatient care with a therapist who has greater training in treating depression, and/or a therapist who specializes in treating severe depression along with video game disorder and working as part of a help team.

If video game playing is an ongoing source of tension in your family, you may be beyond the stage of trying an in-home intervention.  If any attempt to curb your teen™s video game use or cellphone/computer use results in a heated argument, please give us a call today.

If Your Nebraska Teen Only Feels Successful Online, Now is the Time for Gaming Addiction Help

Consider the cost of doing nothing.  If you send your child off to college not prepared to deal with unstructured time, how likely will they be in the 50% that fail to graduate college?  Consider the cost of wasted tuition, wasted time, and the cost of supporting your child back at home if they fail to thrive. Investing in Camp Pocono Trails is insignificant compared to the cost of failure.  

There are several reasons why you should NOT wait:

  1. Parents know their teen best, and parents have good instincts about possible problems their teen might be having.  If you have that little nagging feeling in your gut, trust it!
  2.  Theoretically speaking, we know that we need to intervene as soon as possible since the majority of a human™s brain development occurs in the early years.  Think about the social level of a 10-year-old versus an 18-year-old. It™s only 8 years but the differences in development are vast.
  3. The effectiveness of early intervention has been demonstrated by plenty of research studies that went beyond the theoretical and actually investigated clinical cases. Teens with social, developmental, and addiction issues that get early intervention have better outcomes.
  4.  Sometimes excessive gaming and avoiding social opportunities is actually a sign that there are other problems occurring.
  5. Missing social learning opportunities results in later frustration. Teens that have difficulty communicating have difficulty connecting with others socially. This leads to frustration, tantrums, and potentially unmet needs.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

Camp Pocono Trails helps teens struggling with issues similar to those below:
– Trauma
– Autism Spectrum
– Family Conflict
– Addictive Behaviors
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Impulse Control
– ADHD
– Social Issues
– School Refusal
– Social isolation
– Poor Communication Skills
– Technology Addiction
– Low Self Esteem
– Video game addiction
– Anxiety
– Depression

Resources

Smartphone and Tablet Resources for Teens with Video Game Disorder

Teens are becoming increasingly tech-savvy these days.  It™s hard for us as parents to keep up. At Camp Pocono Trails we’ve heard it all – campers bypassing routers, logging on to friend™s routers next door, creating proxies, you name it and we’ve heard it!

Here are some resources specifically for smartphones and tablets.  These devices are especially problematic for parents because they are portable and you can™t just block them through your router if your child is connecting at school or a friend™s house:

Android Devices: https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/how-to/google-android/android-parental-controls-3461359/


Apple Products: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304


Google Play Store: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075738?hl=en

 

Gaming Addiction Help: Ensure Success with Online Tools

Ultimately, developing a child’s ability to self-manage their use of technology for entertainment should be the primary focus.  However, if you are ready to try some lower level interventions, here are some resources to help guide you:

Focus Me: https://focusme.com/

FocusMe is the most powerful App and Website Blocker for Windows, Mac & Android.

StayFocused: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en

StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.

 

Camp Pocono Trails Helps Nebraska Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from Nebraska which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Omaha Lincoln Bellevue Grand Island Gretna