First aid kit for parents of video game addicts; find help here !

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First aid kit for parents of video game addicts; find help here !

Welcome parents  of video game addicts! Here is your first aid kit ! A guide for parents looking for solutions to their childrens gaming problems.

These forums have so much experience of the loved ones of video game addicts from over many years that Olganon has been established. If Olganon has supported you, in time please post your success and failures on the forums so we can continue to pass on our recent experiences to the new generation of parents encountering this baffling situation for the first time.

If you take time to search the forums you may find wisdom that will help you. If you do not have so much time then use the following selected threads to understand what you can do to start you on your journey from chaos to peace and sanity.

You may need to sign up for membership to view some of of the highlighted threads below and then you can access the members only forums and also attend the typed chat meeting for parents ( IT'S FREE). Details about parents chat meeting click here

READ THIS FIRST Welcome information for parents of minor Under 18's children with gaming problems:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/i-need-help-parents-gamers-open-forum/help-i-think-my-minor-child-addicted-video-games

READ THIS FIRST Welcome information for parents of Over 18's adult children with gaming problems:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/i-need-help-parents-gamers-open-forum/help-i-think-my-adult-child-addicted-video-games

 

What an addict would like to tell you about mental health problems and compulsive gaming:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/i-need-help-parents-gamers/what-i-would-say-parents

Overwhelmed by the realisation of your lack of control over this baffling video game addiction ? Learn how to get support for you:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/overwhelmed-get-support-you-we-need-recovery-too

Quote from a member: "Declaring our home game free and having limited internet access was the best decision we made... We tried many things before with no lasting results. We also made sure to tell him over and over again that we do what we do not because we are trying to punish him or to show him who is the boss, but because we love him dearly and could not continue contributing his destructive path."

Recovery only starts when we stop enabling them. To find out what parents need to stop doing to help our video game addict kids (how to stop enabling them) see this thread below:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/about-enabling-what-we-need-stop-doing-really-help

For when there are diffiulties trying to reach out to them. Tips on communicating with a gaming addict and about "interventions:"

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/interventions-parents-video-game-addicts-and

Some of our member stories, parents who have dealt with this addiction themselves:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/i-need-help-parents-gamers/members-stories

Experiences and tips about wilderness therapy:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/wilderness-therapy-and-theraputic-boarding-school

Experiences using professional therapists: this may help you to know what to consider when seeking therapy for your child

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/experiences-about-addiction-therapy-healthcare

Dealing with the threat of suicide or self harm by the gamer:

http://www.olganon.org/forum/discussion-parents-olg-anon-members-only/dealing-threat-suicide-addict

These are just a few places for you to start to do your research. There are many years of experience on this forum. Keep coming back. The more you know and the more the information become part of you, the better prepared you will be to make a difference to your child's life.

Please post your success and failures on the forums so we can continue to pass on our experiences to the new generation of parents encountering this for the first time. Thank you !

INFO

Parent's online meeting THURSDAY 9pmEST/EDT click here

Online meetings gaming addicts click here

Spouses/SO's of addicts click here

Parents of addicts click here for advice

Help for video game addicts click here

Please help! Donate here

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My 14 y.o.son is on spectrum but he wasnt diagnosed till he was 13. I did test him in 3rd grade but I was told he is fine. He started showing more qualities after my husband passed away. My son was always attracted to internet but I didnt think he is overusing it and he never used for any inappropriate content. After his dad passed away, it was his only way to console himself through watching funny videos, memes, etc. We tried grief therapy, whe is receiving mental health counceling to deal with his anxiety. But it got to the point he cannot function without electronics. It is either tv, YouTube, games, memes, etc. He literally hyperventilates when I lock his phone. He manipulates me and lies to me continously. Becsuse of the stress, my health started declining. I cannot drive the car because I had a seizure. Where do I start? I am scared to take everything away considering he is still vonurable after his father passing. Before 1st year anniversary he went through nervous break down. It is very difficult to get any help. We are over a year on the waiting list for behavioral therapy and just started OT. Not able to drive for 6 months makes it more difficult since we live in suburbs and there is barely any public communication. I am desperate! Please, help me@

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Welcome

To help your son you can start to come back to read the forums as much as you can so you understand the issues. Use the search box with key words such as "autism" to see how other parents have coped. the links in the thread above will also help you.

If it is addiction exacerbated by autism then I don't think CBT will be very effective. He may need a stricter regimen on how he lives day to day.

If you can, find a private therapist who understands internet addiction to guide you. You could try call the reSTART program to see if they know people in your area.

You will need support; I suggest you link up with parents of autistic kids; there may be a group in your area who can advise you better.

Have a look at the thread on wilderness therapy also.

INFO

Parent's online meeting THURSDAY 9pmEST/EDT click here

Online meetings gaming addicts click here

Spouses/SO's of addicts click here

Parents of addicts click here for advice

Help for video game addicts click here

Please help! Donate here

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