Video Game Detox

By Deane Barker on June 9, 2006

Detox Clinic Opening for Video Addicts: Too bad it’s in Europe, because I know a half-dozen people who could use this.

Bakker already has treated 20 video game addicts, aged 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer.

His detox program begins in July. It will run four to eight weeks, including discussions with therapists and efforts to build patients’ interests in alternative activities.

According to the article, here are the signs of addiction:

Parents should take notice if a child neglects usual activities, spends several hours at a time with the computer and has no social life.

Um, wait a minute…