Problematic Gaming

Dealing with Problematic Gaming 

Addictive and problematic behaviors relating to technology, devices, and gaming have skyrocketed in recent years. Teenagers who struggle with the challenges of the “physical world” will regularly retreat to the comfort, safety, sense of community, and accomplishment that they experience in the “Virtual World.” Family First has been internationally recognized as one of the leaders in treating problematic gaming, being featured in the media, and frequently called upon to educate other institutions and providers on best practices for treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Problematic Gaming

Problematic gaming can manifest in many different forms due to the plethora of access teenagers have to technology. The many different devices, many of which are required for schooling purposes, provide a flooding of dopamine in the brain if they are misused. This flooding of the dopaminergic pathways in the brain create a neurobiological wiring of seeking comfort, safety, and pleasure through gaming that cannot be achieved through everyday life activities. For anyone who has witnessed this process unfold, they can tell you how this has impacted their child’s ability to function in school, within the family, and socially. The debilitating effects of problematic gaming can often times mirror the neurological impact of serious drug use and cause many of the same biopsychosocial problems. 

By the Numbers


of Teen Boys meet criteria for Gaming Disorder in the ICD-11

Studies Show

There is a statistically significant correlation between Problematic Gaming and Dissociative Processes in the brain 


of teens meet criteria for Problematic Gaming

Seeking Treatment For Your Son

We recognize that there are a lot of feelings, factors, and emotions that go into the process of selecting a quality program for your son. We offer a safe, supportive, caring, and nurturing environment staffed by dedicated professionals who are committed to helping your son and your family get on a sustainable path towards healing. We encourage you to speak with one of our trained professionals who can assist you in making the next right move for your son.

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