Private clinic to treat gamer addicts
26 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A private clinic in Amsterdam is to begin a treatment programme in July for young people addicted to computer games.
26 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — A private clinic in Amsterdam is to begin a treatment programme in July for young people addicted to computer games.
Director Keith Bakker of Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants said the number of teenagers that can no longer stop playing the games is growing alarmingly. "It is a danger for society. An underestimated danger," Bakker said on Friday.
For the last six months Smith & Jones has been treating addicted gamers on an out-patient basis, but this has not proved effective enough. The new programme will involve patients being admitted to the clinic.
"These people really need to be residents. They must sleep here, otherwise they will be back at home sitting in front of the gaming computer," Bakker said.
Gaming addicts, according to Bakker, exhibit the same symptoms as serious gambling addicts, complete with physical 'detox' manifestations such as sweating and shaking. Most are young. "The youngest we have here is 13 and the eldest is 30," Bakker said.
The Jellinek addiction centre said it gets four to five reports a year of young people addicted to computer games. Other agencies who deal with addiction have received similar reports.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news