Kevin Roberts, a Michigan educator who specializes in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and learning issues, is now conducting support groups for teens and adults who struggle with video game addiction. Roberts, himself a recovering video game addict, leads weekly groups which emphasize staying "sober," setting goals and developing healthy behaviors.
Roberts' meetings combine elements of 12-step groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, with personal growth processes that stress accountability and responsibility.
Roberts encourages group members to support each other. "If you have an intense craving to play a game," he tells his groups, "pick up the phone and call someone." Roberts blames previous relapses in his own recovery from addictive gaming on his reluctance to seek support.
"Academic and professional failure await addicted gamers," Roberts
said, "even though many of them possess supremely imaginative minds. This vast waste of talent and potential is the great tragedy of video game addiction."