Game Quitters Founder and ex gaming addict Cam Adair has teamed up with The Edge a private addiction treatment centre in Thailand, offering a specially created residential Gaming Addiction Programme at its rehab for young men (18-26 year olds). Cam Adair and Andy Leach, Clinical Partnerships Manager SE Asia at The Cabin Chiang Mai, visited the UK earlier this month. Here they spoke with fellow professionals who work to improve the life chances of young people, met the media, and presented to students and parents at the some of the top UK private boys’ schools including Eton College, Abingdon School in Oxford and The Cedars, Croydon.

Andy Leach comments: “This was an excellent opportunity to talk to fellow professionals, the national press and the UK’s leading independent boys’ schools about what is a ticking time bomb in terms of the latest frontier of addiction. Gaming addiction is increasingly being seen in both private practices and treatment centres such as the Edge in Thailand where 25% of our clients in the 18-26 age group present for gaming disorder. The presentation is in many ways no different to other addictions, though the inability for the client to break away from their obsession is astounding.

Today's games are designed to keep the player completely immersed in the experience. Increasingly levels of reward are becoming financially incentivised with blurred lines between gambling and gaming. From the tour, the need for regulation in the industry and guidance for families and professionals became increasingly apparent. The Cabin hopes to be at the forefront of treatment in this area and to continue engaging in and increasing this very important conversation.”

The Cabin Group is widely recognised as being at the forefront of addiction treatment globally. John Logan Programmeme Director at The Edge comments: “The World Health Organisation rightly recognised gaming disorder as an addictive behaviour. The likelihood is that gaming addiction will continue to grow, excessive gaming is tied in with mental health issues and should be addressed. At The Edge we offer a clinically proven gamer-centric approach to video game addiction recovery.”

The Edge’s 90-day gaming addiction programmeme combines the behavioural health expertise of The Cabin with the practical solutions developed by Cam, a successfully recovered gamer who has helped 1000’s overcome their addiction. The result is a highly-specialised programmeme that treats the mental health issues at the root of the addiction using a gamer-centric approach, i.e. it incorporates the specific elements needed to address gaming disorder – such as:

  • A controlled environment with professionals who are capable of dealing with withdrawal symptoms that family and friends cannot handle
  • Social element (living in a group of peers, etc.)
  • Intense physical activity and holistic elements – Muay Thai boxing, triathlon training, wilderness excursions, social responsibility, meditation and a search for meaning
  • Exposing the psychological barriers that keep you gaming
  • It teaches the three precise types of activities to avoid boredom
  • Teaches the key mind-sets to be successful in a tech-based world
  • Gives practical advice and guidance to overcome common obstacles, beat urges and avoid relapse
  • Offers continual care through community support of recovering gamers as well as specially developed resources to assist integration back into our tech-based world

Cam Adair and The Cabin’s Andy Leach discuss gaming addiction with The Daily Telegraph