Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Louisiana

Video Game Addiction Help for Louisiana Teens

Louisiana families seek our video game rehab center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Louisiana campers.  Our video game addiction rehab helps gamers develop the internal drive and motivation to focus on academics- not the latest video game. video game rehab

Lack of self-regulation is the common denominator that affects a student’s preoccupation with video games and a lack of focus on everything else: school, friends, chores, reading, and so on.  At Camp Pocono Trails, developing self-regulation skills is what we do.

Using a harm reduction approach, Camp Pocono Trails campers become enlightened as to the habit-forming qualities of video games and social media, in addition to how exposure to different types of online media can change your perceptions of violence or gender roles.  Our video game rehab uses a harm reduction approach because it’s not realistic to totally give up computers and smartphones.

Under a harm reduction approach, teens learn how to limit their time devoted to video games, and to make better choices about how they are using screens.  Many times campers are unaware of the harm they are causing by playing endless hours of video games. Our structured video game rehab will help your teen learn to make better decisions about their daily life choices.

Video Game Addiction Help: Individual and Group Therapy for Louisiana Teens at Camp Pocono Trails

Teens at our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres receive individual and group therapy for video game addiction and internet overuse habits. We have licensed therapists helping teens develop insight and commit to new routines in life. In individual therapy, the issues are brought forth with one therapist listening and responding to the concerns. The type of feedback that is given, or if feedback is given, is dependent on the therapist’s training. The highly personal nature of the exchange between the therapist and student allows for a specific focus on the issues presented.

Group therapy, on the other hand, involves simultaneous interaction with people typically outside the client’s social and familial network: relative strangers.  Our campers can hear how video games have affected other’s lives and relationships. Input can be both given and received from other campers in this format.

We also have family therapy sessions where we help parents best support their teen upon their transition home from Camp Pocono Trails.  We discuss in family sessions how parents can reinforce positive feelings when a child sticks to their behavioral contract and we also encourage parents to reinforce negative feelings when the child fails to live up to behavioral expectations.


Video Game Addiction Help: First Steps for Louisiana Families.

The first step for Louisiana families is to sit down with your teenager and discuss your concerns. Don€™t criticize or blame.  Simply express your concern and create a dialog about the topic. A teen will more likely change if the influence is positive and supportive versus critical in nature.  Treatment for video game disorder starts with building empathy with the child and expressing genuine concern. video game rehab

Agreeing on limits is a great next step to help Louisiana families considering a video game rehab.  It€™s important for the teen to understand the reason for the limits, however. Have the teen write up a contract with your input that outlines when they can have screen time, and begin the contract with a statement of purpose.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting video games to one hour per day.  Let your child know you are starting to question whether video games have a place in your home because they seem to cause a lot of problems. Offer a couple specific examples, such as €œWhen I tell you it’s time to turn them off, you use abusive language. And, your grades have gone from B€™s to D€™s since you started playing.€

It€™s very easy for parents of teens to fall into the habit of nagging.  Nagging is the knee-jerk response to seeing a behavior you don’t like. But teens, in general, don’t respond well to nagging.  Also, as we all know, as soon as the nagging stops, the teen’s behavior resumes.

A better approach is to acknowledge the issue and let the teen know you are there to talk about it when they are ready.  Remember: the goal of changing technology overuse behaviors is not to police the teen into submission. The goal is to build intrinsic motivation- that is, to develop sufficient insight to where they see technology overuse is affecting their lives in a negative way, and the child, therefore, wants to limit their online recreational activity.

Louisiana Teens Can Find Success at Our Video Game Addiction Help

Louisiana teens often struggle with internet gaming disorder and need video game rehab.  Untreated, these habits 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.

 

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

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Video Game Addiction Help Resource: Playstation Limits

If we simply take the strategy of putting external controls on gaming or internet-connected devices, we have done nothing to develop the child’s ability to self-regulate their gaming or browsing behavior independently.  However, if you need to put up some structure now, here is a guide for setting up Playstation spending limits and gaming times:

How to set parental controls and spending limits on PS4: https://www.playstation.com/en-au/get-help/help-library/my-account/parental-controls/ps4-parental-controls/

By creating a sub-account for your child you can prevent them from accessing PlayStation Store content that is unsuitable for their age, user-generated content and online gameplay. You can also stop your associated sub account from making purchases without your consent.

In this article, you can learn about the parental controls available on PlayStation products: https://www.playstation.com/en-au/get-help/help-library/my-account/parental-controls/age-ratings-and-parental-controls/

Camp Pocono Trails helps families from Louisiana

Camp Pocono Trails helps Louisiana families from cities and towns like Eden Isle Geismar Belle Chasse Madisonville Woodworth Mandeville River Ridge Benton Prairieville Metairie