How to Break a Child's Video Game Addiction | Healthy Gamer

How to Break a Child’s Video Game Addiction

Healthy Gamer, with its step-by-step treatment plan, will prove to be a powerful and effective resource in the years to come. I urge all parents - as well as my colleagues treating children and adolescents - to preview this program. It will be an enjoyable ride, I promise.
Dr. Meena Parekh, FAAP

Dr. Meena Parekh, FAAP

We've worked with hundreds of gamers. It’s going to be ok. You are not alone.

Video Game Addiction, also known as Gaming Disorder, is a new issue, and it is not widely known or treated. Millions of children meet clinical video game addiction criteria. In fact, some estimates show addiction rates as high as 9% in youth under the age of 18*. If your child’s gaming is excessive and you’ve noticed a change in personality, your hunches are probably right: there is something addictive going on. Here’s the surprise: it’s not about quitting the game, it’s about supporting your gamer. We look at supporting gamers on five dimensions:

  • Physical Health: Improve nutrition, sleep, hygiene, physical exercise
  • Emotional Stability: Regulate and express both positive and negative emotions
  • Social Growth: Maintain and create in-person relationships
  • Real World Outcomes: Boost grades, extracurriculars and other measures of success in the real world
  • Mental Health: Stabilize mood, recognize where there might be additional mental health issues

It's Not About Quitting The Game. It's About Supporting The Gamer.

Healthy Gamer Family Programs help parents rebuild their relationships with their children and then establish healthy gaming habits.


Incorporates cutting-edge research to help you understand your child's brain and body.

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Incorporates cutting-edge research to help you understand your child's brain and body.


Incorporates cutting-edge research to help you understand your child's brain and body.

Introducing Healthy Gamer Family Programs

The Complete Video Game Addiction Treatment toolkit

Healthy Gamer Family Programs put experience working with hundreds of gamers into actionable plans any family can use.


  • Control the timeline. A once-per-week appointment model with a therapist or family counselor can take a full semester or longer. A digital solution moves at your pace and gives you the tools you need all at once. No insurance hassles, no wait list.
  • Get on the same page. Regain your child’s trust by understanding his/her world and the needs video games fulfill. An in-depth understanding of your child’s brain and worldview fuels empathetic, relationship-centered communication.
  • Reshape their future. Use our step-by-step guide to create a different physical, emotional and social environment to help your child explore his/her full potential.
  • Save energy. Moving the focus from quitting video games (or throwing them off a bridge) to supporting your child’s real-world success saves both of you from the constant argument around video games.

What role can a parent play in overcoming video game addiction?

In our experience, the best role a parent can play is two-fold.

First: Understand what is going on in your child’s brain both neuroscientifically and psychologically.

Second: Rebuild your relationship with your child to help you both regain control of your lives.

Both require dedicated, consistent effort.

The HealthyGamer.GG parents’ course is designed to empower you to change the direction of your child’s life through productive communication, a shared understanding and a healthier lifestyle for your gamer.

The course includes:

  • A psychiatric perspective on video gaming addiction
  • Strategies for constructive conversations with your gamer
  • Understanding your gamer’s perspective
  • Frameworks for setting goals, limits and boundaries
  • Guided exercises to complete with your gamer
  • Strategies to change the trajectory of your gamer’s future

*source: “BRAVE NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: INTERNET GAMING DISORDER,” Dong Chan Park MD, Mass Psychiatric Society, October 3, 2018