Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From Tennessee

Gaming Addiction Help: Individual Therapy for Tennessee Teens

At Camp Pocono Trails, we support individual therapy.  We can work in tandem with therapists back home in Tennessee to ensure a smooth continuity of care from our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres.  We also recommend our families engage in family therapy sessions while your child is in attendance. This is done during workshop weekends. video game disorder help

Sometimes individual outpatient therapy does not work because the teen is not honest or realistic about their issues. Many people have shame and anxiety about discussing their most problematic behaviors or thoughts and only share part of the story with their therapist. For example, a teen my complaints about not being able to sustain friendships in therapy, yet they don™t reveal to the therapist they were invited to a birthday party but did not go in order to stay home and play video games instead.  For this individual, outpatient therapy is unlikely to succeed at accomplishing the initially stated goal.

Also, sometimes a teen just needs a higher level of help than outpatient therapy can provide.  Or the teen may be unwilling to attend therapy sessions. For outpatient therapy to be effective, the student needs to engage with the therapist.  For example, most behavioral therapists have the student journal or track behaviors in order to change behaviors.

If a student is unwilling to do these most basic components of help, parents should look at going up to the next level of intervention.  This can be a help center like Camp Pocono Trails which specializes in video game disorder help.

Tennessee Teens Can Find Success at Our Gaming Addiction Help Center

Tennessee teens often struggle with video game disorder, which leads them to our Pennsylvania based facility.  This can lead to depression, being bullied, and having a hard time making friends. Part of our help process is catching campers back up on social skills they may have missed out on due to excessive gaming.

Finding success also means building motivation to pursue meaningful life pursuits.  Building motivation is fun! We use systematic self-monitoring techniques to guide campers to better habits that also builds motivation.  Systematic self-monitoring is just a fancy term for carefully planning your daily behaviors, in addition to setting up support plans to ensure planned behaviors are executed.  Campers set themselves up for college success or life beyond high school by building the life skills they need to be successful on their own.

 

Looking for Gaming Addiction Help in Tennessee?

Our program is located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and serves teens from Tennessee, in addition to teens from across the US.  While the length of help varies, we do not believe that substantial change can be achieved in a few short weeks.  Campers typically undergo video game disorder help for a school semester or longer. 

The diagnostic criteria for Internet Gaming Disorder include repetitive use of Internet-based games, often with other players, that leads to significant issues with functioning.  Video game disorder help may be needed if five of the following criteria are met within one year:

  • Preoccupation or obsession with Internet games.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not playing Internet games.
  • A build-up of tolerance“more time needs to be spent playing the games.
  • The person has tried to stop or curb playing Internet games but has failed to do so.
  • The person has had a loss of interest in other life activities, such as hobbies.
  • A person has had continued overuse of Internet games even with the knowledge of how much they impact a person™s life.
  • The person lied to others about his or her Internet game usage.
  • The person uses Internet games to relieve anxiety or guilt, it’s a way to escape.
  • The person has lost or put at risk and opportunity or relationship because of Internet games.

Video game disorder help at our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres covers all of these issues and more.  Campers participate in both group and individual therapy to develop new habits and work on life skills. If your teen from Tennessee has any of the above symptoms, please reach out to us today.

We Help Tennessee Teens Needing Gaming Addiction Help

Our Pennsylvania based video game disorder help center is highly structured. It™s much easier to develop new habits if the environment is conducive to change.  At Camp Pocono Trails, we start out by providing a technology-free environment and slowly reintroduce campers to smartphones and the internet. We work on social skills, anger management, and developing structure before the technology is reintroduced.

We also provide a family component to set the child up for success.  Parents participate in family therapy sessions with your child’s assigned counselor while at Camp Pocono Trails.  We also teach parents how to best support their child at home.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

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: Use Steam Accounts with Structure

Many gamers that come to Camp Pocono Trails use a Steam account to manage their game settings.  Here is a comprehensive guide for parents to manage your child’s Steam account.

Steam: Setting up Family View

We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If there are features of Steam that you would like to exclude from the experience, you can restrict access using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your own Steam account if you would rather they share your Steam Account.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5149-EOPC-9918


To enable Family View:

  • Log into the Steam account your child will use.
  • Click the Steam menu in the top menu bar.
  • Open the Settings option.
  • Go to the “Family” tab on the left side of the window that opens.
  • Click œFamily View to start the Family View wizard.
  • Step through the wizard to select the content and features you™d like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View.
  • Select and confirm your new PIN.

With any gaming company, we recommend you check game ratings and actually have your child demonstrate the game before allowing any unsupervised play.  You can also go on Youtube to watch a game œwalk through to see how violence and adult themes are portrayed.

Camp Pocono Trails helps families from Tennessee

Camp Pocono Trails helps Tennessee families from cities and towns like Belle Meade Forest Hills Oak Hill Brentwood Lookout Mountain Arrington Franklin College Grove Walden Nolensville