Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Michigan

Looking for Video Game Addiction Help in Michigan?

Our Video Game Addiction Help is located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and serves teens from Michigan, 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 attend our video game rehab for a full session (four weeks) or longer. video game rehab

The effects of playing violent video games on the mental health of children and adolescents have been of great concern to researchers, health professionals, and public policymakers for years.  Based on the overwhelming scientific evidence, several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have issued a policy statement on media violence warning about the risks posed by violent video game content not only for its addictive qualities but for the risk of desensitization to violence and the relationship screen activity has with depression.

Video game addiction help is uncharted territory for most parents.  Parents today are tasked with raising the very first generation of teenagers immersed in a world of technology.  Screens are everywhere- teens bring internet-connected smartphones to school and often have access to games on the bus, in class, in the lunchroom, and back home again until mom or dad return from work.  For most families, gaming addiction is an issue that requires high levels of intervention.

The focus at our video game rehab is to help young people learn how to live in tandem with video games, cell phones (smartphones), and other digital devices so that they can be successful with life beyond high school.  Internet gaming addiction and excessive use of screen time technologies is a behavioral problem that has been classified and explained in numerous ways.

Camp Pocono Trails Provides Help for Michigan Teens With Real Solutions

At Camp Pocono Trails, therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, teachers, nursing and activity staff all work together as a multidisciplinary team to help your child.  Multidisciplinary care happens when professionals from a range of disciplines work together to deliver comprehensive care that addresses as many of the student’s needs as possible.

Our video game rehab uses a range of professionals functioning as a team under one organizational umbrella. As a student’s condition changes over time, the composition of the team may change to reflect the changing clinical and psychosocial needs of the student.

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.

Video Game Addiction Help: First Steps for Michigan Families.

The first step for Michigan 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 Michigan 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.

Michigan Teens Can Find Success at Our Video Game Addiction Help

Michigan 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:
– Trauma
– Low Self Esteem
– Autism Spectrum
– Social isolation
– Family Conflict
– Social Issues
– School Refusal
– Video game addiction
– Anxiety
– ADHD
– Technology Addiction
– Depression
– Addictive Behaviors
– Poor Communication Skills
– Impulse Control
– Social Anxiety Disorder

Resources

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: Steam Limits

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.

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 Michigan

Camp Pocono Trails helps Michigan families from cities and towns like Franklin Grosse Pointe Shores Orchard Lake Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Bingham Farms Oakland Northville Township Beverly Hills East Grand Rapids