Gaming addiction feels like it should be easy to spot. Addicted gamers should have no social skills, be pale like a vampire, be dangerously overweight and never have talked to a girl. Right? We’ve convinced ourselves that only social dropouts can be addicted to video games, and we justify our play, or the play of our loved ones, because they are just too nice to deal with something as taboo as addiction. I mean, they just really like video games, right? There’s nothing wrong with a little gaming, it isn’t really any different than watching a movie. And they aren’t doing drugs, right?
The truth is that addiction, in any form, is terrible. Addiction is a distortion of what we were created for, a distraction from our purpose. Jesus tells us he came, died for us and rose again so that we could be free from it:
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
He is extremely clear that his purpose in coming was to tell us that there is life and freedom in him!
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” (Luke 4:18)
We all have areas where we are not free, where we are blind and oppressed, and in Jesus there is freedom.
The checklist I’ve created for video game addiction is to help ask real questions that deserve taking time to look for real answers. In my experience there are a lot of voices out there talking about addiction, but not a lot about gaming addiction.
This document is intended to bring together key facts about addiction into a list that will allow you to make an informed decision when looking at the behavior of yourself, your gamer or other loved ones and answer the real question: Is this gaming addiction?
To start we need a working definition of addiction.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is an ongoing disease and it affects the brain primarily in two ways:
- It causes the brain to pursue a single source of pleasure to the extreme
- It causes an individual to pursue extremes with one-track, pathological, intensity that show a lack of health
To paraphrase Indiana University Professor Ruth Engs: Addiction is anything a person pursues at the expense of other healthy parts of their life.
And that is where we will start. Below is a link to the 13 main ways people pursue gaming at the expense of their healthy parts of their lives.
These are not meant to be a medical diagnosis of addiction. Instead, answering yes, or even sometimes, moves the question from “is this addiction” to “what can we do to help restore a healthy life balance?”
Addiction is, at its base, a heart battle. We can modify behavior, but without a changed heart there will just be another addiction to replace it. Christ must be at the center of the answer if there is to be real recovery. In Christ we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17).
Medical professionals in the field of addiction can help fully diagnose the nuances of addiction, whether it is a full-blown disease or developing into one. This list is to be a self-check to see if there is any real reason for concern.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
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