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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 10.2.2010 edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592859488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592859481
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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. (Sept.) (c)
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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 Tribune Media Services)

More About the Author

Kevin Roberts was born in Detroit, Michigan, attended 12 years of Catholic school, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He has a Master's Degree in ADHD studies from Antioch University. As part of the coursework, he did extensive research on addiction. He taught high school and middle school social studies and foreign languages for four years. For the last 13 years, he has been an ADHD Coach and educational consultant, helping underachieving individuals succeed in school and life. In addition, he conducts support groups for teens and adults who struggle with cyber addiction. Roberts is a nationally-recognized expert in cyber addictions and also lectures widely on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He regularly speaks at conferences, hospitals, clinics and medical schools. He speaks French, Spanish, and German in addition to some conversational capacity in Greek, Italian, Arabic, Quechua, Polish and Mandarin. For more info, go to: www.kevinjroberts.net

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The book flowed remarkably well.
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This is a must read book if you or someone you know may be heading down this track.
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Cyber Junkie is a journey into the world of video game addictions.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karen Fischer on September 30, 2010
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I had been working at a high-stress law firm and the worse it got, the more time I spent wasting endless hours playing solitaire on my smartphone and it was affecting not only my work performance but time with my family and social commitments as well. I just couldn't stop playing and no one around me seemed to understand how a grown woman could be having a problem like this. Up until I came across Mr. Robert's book, I had no idea how many other people are affected by cyber addiction (and especially those with ADD, which I've been diagnosed with) and that there are solutions. I haven't given up my game completely but through reading cyber junkie I've learned to train myself to just do it in free time and stop when I need to. I think this book is a must-read for the technology generation whether you personally have an issue or you know of someone who does- besides being helpful and informational, I found the writing style quite enjoyable as well. I recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alicia Acey on August 16, 2010
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I am a mother and a psychologist. This book helped me better understand my children and my patients. I am seeing more parents struggle to find ways to balance the "cyber" world with the real world. This book definitely helps with that struggle. It is written in a flowing and easy-to-read style. I had a hard time putting it down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K S Thorp on November 4, 2011
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This book has been written by someone who has a genuine understanding of the cyber world. As a parent of a teenage son who has an addiction to online gaming, this book has been a great asset to me. It explains the symptoms and what you can do if you or anyone you know have this addiction. It covers all the possibilities from online chats (ie MSN), facebook and myspace, online games and the different levels of how addictive they all are and how it can affect your life and health. If you are a bit green and are reading this for someone you know it will give you good insight and a better understanding of the cyber world. This new age anti social habit is now on the "addiction list" and can be just as damaging as alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping. This is a must read book if you or someone you know may be heading down this track.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terry Matlen, Acsw on October 19, 2010
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Cyber Junkie is a journey into the world of video game addictions. Addictive behaviors like this are often seen in the people I work with (adults with ADHD) and Mr. Roberts does an unusually fine job of covering all the major points in a way that emotionally pulls the reader in. He does this by courageously sharing his own personal battles with video game addictions.

By doing so, he gently gives the reader permission to see his/her own behaviors as being problematic and shows how one can face the addictive demons and overcome them.

He quite bravely brings in his own personal foibles and childhood history that drew him into gaming in the first place, and offers a short synopsis of why certain types of people (those with ADHD, for example) fall into the trap. He rounds it off by sharing his own experience on how he found his way OUT of the black hole of addiction- and he does this without preaching, or insisting on any particular therapeutic model.

I would recommend this to anyone who is personally struggling with video game addiction and to those around him/her that care. A must have for all therapists' bookshelves!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barb Evangelista on September 7, 2010
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I am a mother with two sons. One is a couch potato with a penchant for Facebook. He plays Farmville and Mafia Wars religiously. My other son was so into Counter Strike that he was in a clan that played the game every night for hours at a time. I have tried to curtail their screen time, and have had some success. But this book actually helped me understand my sons' cyber behavior from the inside. I now have a greater clue about what makes them tick. I am armed with solutions to not only continue restricting and managing their game time, but also to help them find greater balance and zest for life. The book flowed remarkably well. One section easily transitioned into the next. I very much liked how the author used examples from his own struggles with the cyber world as well as from the people he has worked with professionally. Cyber Junkie really is a reference book that no home should be without.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John W D Speirs on August 19, 2010
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Fearing an unhealthy amount of time was being spent by my 13 year old son playing video games, I read this book to him. With a humorous and non-judgmental style, the book is engaging and presents a great deal of useful information. It has been a springboard for positive change in my son's life. I highly recommend the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LA Stone on February 17, 2011
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I bought this book desperate for any information as to why our teenage son would rather be on the computer instead of hanging out with his family or friends, participating in the activities he used to enjoy so much. Now I understand so much better the reasons why he chooses screen time over family time again and again - once you're addicted, it isn't really a choice. Not only does Roberts explain the neuroscience behind computer addiction, he shares the first-hand experience of being an addict himself. This valuable viewpoint shed new light on our son's frustrating and downright baffling behavior. Roberts' description of addicted gamers is spot-on.
Unlike some self-help books that you can never seem to finish, this book both conveys information and is enjoyable to read, with minimal technical jargon and multiple true-life stories of people suffering and dealing with cyber addiction. He also explains the different types of games out there in a way that is easy to understand for those in the non-gaming world. If you or someone you care about is addicted to video/internet games or any form of these technologies, this book is an excellent place to start on the road to recovery.
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