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Computer Gaming: Recovery and Treatment for Addicts

Posted Oct 23 2008 9:02pm

I'm a big advocate of computer games for keeping your brain healthy and young. But in spite of Stephen Johnson's book with the intriguing name and subject matter of Everything Bad for You is Good, I know that some people can get addicted to computer games.

As someone who has remained alcohol free for the last 20 years, I am attracted to the addictive qualities of mental pleasures. I can even spend a few hours trying to beat my score at Mahjong Masters. But I get too bored with spending enough time online with simple games.

The Hubby is a big World of Warcraft aficionado. Some might point a finger at him, but he insists he's in control of his gaming.

Here's a story about computer game addiction recovery centers that might interest you, about a detox center in the Netherlands. But if you know someone who might need help, the article also talks about other treatments available in the U.S. 

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