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A Parent's Intervention For Video Game Addiction

A Step-By-Step Guide to Support Your Child's Recovery

Is Your Child's Video Gaming Getting Out of Hand?

Here's what I ask my patients:

Are you worried that gaming could be ruining their future?

Are you concerned about what games are doing to their brain?

If you're worried about any of the above, as a parent, I encourage you to trust your instincts. Video game addiction is a real disease, and causes real problems. These problems can manifest as failing grades, social isolation, increased irritability, or, even a general disinterest in the world around them.

You aren’t alone in your concerns. I’ve talked to hundreds of parents who are worried about their child’s future. Schools, pediatricians, and even psychiatrists don’t know how to help them.

Parents, this is avoidable.

It feels like an uphill battle because it is.

And, here's why.

  1. The American Psychiatric Association is studying video game addiction right now. That means there's no bill code for insurance companies, which means that doctors who rely on insurance reimbursement have no incentive to understand treatment for video game addiction. We are working to change this.
  2. The gaming industry is bigger than the music and movie industry combined. There are literally thousands of people working every day to make games more immersive and more engaging than ever before, fostering an addictive quality to each new generation of video games.
  3. 98% of all youth play video games. That's basically everyone. If all the kids are playing it, how can one parent change the culture?

So, here's my answer.

  1. Take control and do not rely on the medical system. I trained with the best in academic psychiatry. The absolute most brilliant psychiatrists. Current psychiatric or family counseling will take too much time and cost you too much money. The last thing I want you to compromise is your child's junior year and college savings.
  2. Understand your child's brain just as well as game developers do. I will spend about 2 hours explaining how games affect: brain neurochemistry, identity formation, and social dynamics.
  3. Understand your power as a parent. You are more than an authority. You are a role model, a confidant and a source of undying support. These roles have incredible power and can be channelled productively in reshaping your child's relationship with gaming.

Your Instructor


Dr. Alok Kanojia
Dr. Alok Kanojia
Hi! Many people know me as Dr. Kanojia, but what they don't know is that I nearly got kicked out of college because of my gaming habits. I am now faculty at Harvard Medical School where I combine addiction psychiatry with gamer psychology to treat video gaming addiction. After working with hundreds of gamers, I co-founded HealthyGamer.gg as a way for people to regain control of their lives more quickly and affordably than with traditional psychiatric care. I designed these courses for parents with the goal to help parents become partners in their child's recovery from video game addiction.

A Fresh Perspective

After training with the best and working with dozens of gamers (and their families), Dr. Kanojia put together an intervention for parents worried about long-term effects of video games.


I've worked with dozens of gamers to rebuild their lives.

It can be a 3-5 year process, because they have missed the boat on things like medical school applications or internships. Meanwhile, they have grown more isolated from their family and friends. Around the age of 22, the gamers I've worked with realize they have a problem when they find themselves on academic probation, barred from graduating from college with no real-world experience, failing grades and no social support.

As one gamer put it:

"As someone who was most definitely suffering from addiction to certain games many years ago before it was really recognized, for me it was like this.

Have a very important, stressful thing I need to do > ignore it and play game because it's an escape/stress relief > associate game with happy fun times > life deteriorates because I'm not doing anything but playing game > escape from this fact by playing more of game.

The difference was that my life didn't suck and therefore I played a lot of games, my life was actively getting worse because I was ignoring responsibilities/not taking any steps to fix things in life... because I was gaming instead. I was picking it up to ignore life, to get those dopamine hits, and to make myself feel better, but all it was doing was making things worse. Much the same way an addict will reach for a needle because things are hard or stressful, I would do that for games. And, just like a drug addict discovers when the high goes away? When I logged off, shit hadn't magically gotten better. So then I had a choice... either do the hard thing and work to fix it, or pretend it wasn't there and play games all day and night instead.

Took me a while to kick, had to give up a few games to do it and really focus on education/work for a couple years. But now I'm back to being a gamer, just one who puts life and work before games."


This program is designed to help you and your child regain control.

I put this course together to help parents understand their child and empower themselves to establish healthy gaming habits.

If you are simply wanting to control your child, this is not for you. If you want to be a constructive partner in your child's future success, then it's crucial to understand the psychology of gaming and a bit about addiction psychiatry. My goal in this course is to break the parent vs. child + video game cycle, and, instead, put you on the same team as your child.

This step-by-step course will empower you to:

  • Build an alliance with your child, so the two of you are on the same team to overcome video gaming
  • Understand how video games take advantage of your child’s psychology and brain
  • Set firm limits, helping your child move towards real goals instead of virtual ones
  • Create healthy alternatives to gaming that give your child a sense of community, intellectual engagement, and accomplishment

Included with this course are:

  • Biweekly office hours with Dr. Kanojia to talk in small group settings about your specific circumstances
  • An online parents-only support group
  • A 40-page workbook filled with exercises to help you track progress, take specific actions and have crucial conversations with your child

Class Curriculum


  Welcome, Parents!
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  Practical: Model Behavior
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This is a step-by-step course that will take 6-8 weeks, depending on the pace you and your child want to move at. It is completely at your discretion when to start and how quickly you want to move.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We thrive on feedback. We would want to know exactly where the course has failed you. If office hours with Dr. Kanojia or one-on-one work doesn't help, we are happy to give you your money back.

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