Assessment Tool and Treatment Plan

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Gambling Addiction

 

Electronic addiction could also be called internet addiction as both are related to screen time and the use of electronic devices. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, internet addiction comprises three subtypes, sexual preoccupations, gaming, and email or text messaging (“Psychguides.com”). My client falls under the second subtype which is gaming addiction.  Gaming addiction, which is in its infancy based on its causes have just been recently added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a condition that requires further research before its full inclusion into the manual (Kuss & Lopez-Fernandez 144). My client has started to show signs of addiction which include losing track of time, difficulty in completing tasks at home and work. Moreover, he refuses to spend time with his family and friends. He is feeling defensive about the time he spends gaming. Furthermore, gaming is the only thing that brings him joy and peace, the only thing that gets him excited. He is also experiencing physical symptoms like weight gain and loss of sleep. These are all the conditions that made my client decide to seek for help. Moreover, he and his wife made an agreement that he needed help and he does not want to lose his wife and his family.

My client is in his mid-thirties with a wife and three children, he has been married for ten years, his children are eight years, five years, and ten months old. About a year ago, he felt the stress of his work and family life was getting to him, so he decided to start gaming as a stress relief. However, this turned out to be what led to his addiction. Therefore, in order to assess this client, there is a need to seek out significant things that might have led to his addiction, there is a need to know his medical records, previous social history, which could include, previous addiction. The most widely used internet addiction test by Young (Marie See, 11) would be the best option for my client; it is a questionnaire that would allow me to understand the level of my client’s addiction and how to go about his treatment. The test follows a set of criteria which my client would meet before he is considered an addict which are preoccupation with the internet/game, the need to play the game for increasing amounts of time, unsuccessful efforts to stop playing, mood change when attempting to stop gaming, gaming longer than intended, jeopardizing of relationships and opportunities due to excessive gaming, lying about gaming, and using gaming as a means of escape from from problems or to relieve bad moods (Van Rooij & Prause, 205). With these, I can safely say that my client is addicted because he meets all of these criteria. Furthermore, there is every possibility that my client might have been addicted in the past, looking at the last criterion, “using gaming as a means of escape from problems or to relieve bad moods” this was what started the whole addiction, which could indicate that this was not the first time he has been addicted to something.

There are a variety of treatments that could work for my client, but the one I would be choosing would be cognitive behavioral therapy. However, since it looks like my client has been addicted before, it is imperative that I ask what treatment helped him in the past. This would help break the client’s gaming pattern. First I would establish the client’s usage patterns and try to create a schedule that would interrupt his previous patterns. I would suggest at least 15 sessions, the first four to five sessions would be to help him analyze his abusive behavior and change it, develop a functional analysis to help him support his therapeutic growth. Look for ways to make him stop day-dreaming about going home to play games via self-observation of his addiction, monitoring the reduction of playing time, and psychoeducation. Instead of going home to play games, he has to report for therapy sessions; this would break his gaming patterns.

This therapy would help my client put a hold to his addiction, and the future bodes well for him, he is someone that was addicted before and came out of it, he should be able to get out of this one and get back to mending his relationship with his wife and children.

Works Cited

Kuss, Daria J, and Olatz Lopez-Fernandez. “Internet addiction and problematic Internet use: A systematic review of clinical research” World Journal of Psychiatry vol. 6,1 143-76. 22 Mar. 2016, doi:10.5498/wjp.v6.i1.143. Web.

Psychguides.com. An American  Addiction Centers Resource. Accessed on 13 January 2019 from https://www.psychguides.com/guides/internet-and-computer-addiction-treatment-program-options/. Web.

See, Marie Nicole. “Internet addiction: implications and assessment education for providers.” (2017). Print.

Van Rooij, Antonius J, and Nicole Prause. “A critical review of “Internet addiction” criteria with suggestions for the future” Journal of behavioral addictions vol. 3,4 (2014): 203-13. Print.

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