By Dr. Brent Conrad, Clinical Psychologist at TechAddiction.ca
Although Internet / video game addiction treatment centres are becoming more common in North America and Europe, countries like China and South Korea have been offering “detox” camps for years.
A new documentary called “Web Junkie” takes a peek inside one of 400 video game detox centres in China and follows three boys during their one month treatment.
Treatment at the military-style boot camp does not come cheap – at 10,000 Yuan, this is double the average monthly salary in Beijing. But when parents are desperate, they will do anything to help their children.
Although the film (not surprisingly) does not provide all the details on what “treatment” for video game addiction entails, it does show the boys navigating military obstacles, receiving medical treatment, participating in family therapy, and having their heads covered in wires to monitor their brain activity (see the picture above).
Good intentions I suppose, but the treatment methods remain more than little suspect. It makes you wonder what kinds of treatments were not allowed to be filmed…
What do you think? Would you ever consider sending your child to a similar detox camp for video game addiction?
Original article: Weaning from the Web
A computer gamer in China who died after a 24-hour marathon gaming session will allow others to live on via organ donation.
On May 19, 2013, 18-year-old Guo Quon collapsed and never regained consciousness after playing computer games for almost 24 hours non-stop. Although rare, these sudden deaths have been previously reported and are thought to be caused by blood clots.
Quon remained on life support following the collapse but suffered severe brain damage and was not expected to ever wake up.
His parents made the difficult decision to remove him from life support and donate his organs to China’s fledgling organ donation program. Organ donation in China is in its infancy, with many “donations” coming from inmates on death row.
A 15-year old boy from China has died less than one day after entering a treatment camp for internet addiction.
Four staff members have been arrested amidst allegations that the boy was beaten to death.
“Some estimates suggest up to 10% of the country’s 100 million web users under could be addicted, and a growing number of rehabilitation services exist.
However, there is little consensus on how to treat the addiction.
Tao Ran, director of the country’s first internet addiction treatment clinic in Beijing, told The Associated Press (AP) that most camps chose to use military-style discipline over scientific methods.”
After administering thousands of electroshock “treatments” to videogame and internet addicts, China has decided to ban the procedure because ” it has no foundation in clinical research or evidence.”
“Patients are given psychotropic drugs as well as electro-shocks, at a cost of 5,500 yuan (805 USD) a month. Most of them were sent to the hospital by force, the China Youth Daily added.”
Forced hospitalization, ECT, and psychotropic medications (which have not been shown to be effective treatments) administered by people who are not qualified therapists at the cost of $800 per month?
Yes, I think we can agree that banning this practice is the right decision.