Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap


More and more people are isolating themselves, turning their backs on reality, ignoring their family and friends, and even losing their jobs due to their excessive use of video games and the Internet. In this ground-breaking book, Kevin Roberts gives compulsive gamers and surfers-and their family and friends-a step-by-step guide for recovery.

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More and more people are isolating themselves, turning their backs on reality, ignoring their family and friends, and even losing their jobs due to their excessive use of video games and the Internet. In this ground-breaking book, Kevin Roberts gives compulsive gamers and surfers-and their family and friends-a step-by-step guide for recovery.

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Publishers Weekly
In Roberts's sober personal account of addiction, he reveals a modern society completely inundated with electronics. We are embroiled in stimuli from texting, chatting, social networking, casual gaming, and massive multi-user role playing games that allow us to trade real life for highly stimulating virtual realities. For the majority of users, these stimuli provide a brief, entertaining diversion from the quotidian. But for some, it results in destroyed careers and relationships, and ruined lives. A recovering "cyber junkie" himself, Roberts outlines the ways in which game addiction occurs and manifests, and provides step-by-step strategies for concerned family members and friends who want to help their addicted loved ones recover. While cyber addiction is a decidedly modern phenomenon, the steps to recovery will be familiar to anyone with an even passing knowledge of AA, and readers will be forgiven for mistaking his intervention advice as something taken from a substance abuse tale. Roberts's tale shines most when salaciously highlighting the myriad forms that cyber addiction takes, and when explaining the seductive allure of modern stimuli. Readers who can move past skepticism about cyber addiction will find Roberts's tale disturbing and enlightening.
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Ask Amy: Son's Internet Addiction Has Parents Worried

By Amy Dickinson Tribune Media Services

Posted: 04/18/2011 04:04:20 PM PDT

Updated: 04/18/2011 04:39:13 PM PDT

Dear Amy: My 18-year-old son is addicted to online gaming. He is in his first year of community college full time and living at home. He is failing his classes, spending all of his time gaming, does no homework, forgets to eat and plays all night instead of sleeping.

Until he was 18, we limited his computer time. But now we keep waiting for him to regulate it or work it out for himself. It's not happening. What should we do? -- Worried Parents

Dear Parents: Online gaming is your son's drug of choice. The natural consequence of your son's addiction is that he will not be able to find success in the actual world until he deals with his issues.

You need to have a heart-to-heart with him, and let him know how worried you are and what his choices are at this point.

Your son should be evaluated by a mental health practitioner with experience in treating gamers; he may have underlying issues or difficulties that make him lean toward gaming to the exclusion of everything else.

Your son won't be able to modulate his behavior until he faces his compulsion.

Because he failed his classes, he should not return to school. He is not ready to pursue a college education. You should restrict online access at your home and help him look for a job.

For insight into this challenging issue, read "Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap," by Kevin Roberts (Hazelden Publishing, 2010).

— Amy Dickinson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592859481
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 621,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Roberts is a recovering video game addict who runs support groups to help others struggling with cyber addiction get their lives back on track. He is a nationally recognized expert on video gaming addiction and a regular conference speaker. Roberts has a background in education and is the developer of a sixteen-module curriculum designed to give those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), often a driving factor of video game and internet addiction, the skills they need to succeed. Cyber Junkie is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Welcome to the Cyber Universe 1

Chapter 2 Choose Your Poison 29

Chapter 3 Your Brain in Cyberland 47

Chapter 4 Into the Black Hole 61

Chapter 5 Climbing Out of the Hole 95

Chapter 6 The Journey of Recovery Continues 115

Chapter 7 A Guide for Loved Ones 139

Resources 169

Notes 175

About the Author 183

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