Christian Treatment Center for Video Game, Social Media, and Cell Phone Addiction

Christian Alternative Treatment- what is it?

We are a Christian treatment center for video game, social media, and cell phone addiction. Summerland Camps offer 1-week or longer adventure trips that are clinically intensive in a supportive, small, family-like atmosphere. The adventure trips are clinically sophisticated and administered in a close-knit setting that prioritizes family values and community, much like you would find in many world-class Christian treatment centers.

The difference is that while the backdrop of our evidence-supported treatment is done in a Christian-like environment, we don’t actively incorporate bible verses and prayer into treatment. However, upon the parent’s request, we can incorporate religious teachings when appropriate as part of the treatment process individually with your child. We don’t incorporate religious teachings as part of group therapy as we have participants of all different religious and cultural backgrounds typically as part of each session. We are the leading alternative to a Christian treatment center for video game, social media, and cell phone addiction

Summerland Christian Alternative Video Game Addiction Treatment

While our treatment backdrop is supportive of Christian ideals, we are ultimately non-denominational as our research-based curriculum works equally well for participants of all religions.

At our Christian treatment center for video game, social media, and cell phone addiction, if requested by a parent, we can work individually with your child to provide spiritual enrichment including teachings of bible passages that support reinforcement of self-regulation skills necessary to overcome video game addiction and cell phone/social media addiction.  We can support and encourage your child’s spiritual growth while they are a part of Summerland Camps.

Biblical Takeaways for Teenagers: Applying Self-Regulation to Overcome Video Game Addiction

Parents sometimes ask, “How does the bible potentially support the therapeutic process at Summerland?”  In a world dominated by technology, teenagers often find themselves immersed in virtual worlds, particularly video games. While gaming can be a source of entertainment and social interaction, excessive video game consumption can lead to addiction, affecting academic performance, relationships, and overall well-being. The Bible, with its timeless wisdom, offers valuable insights that can be applied to help teenagers overcome video game addiction by promoting self-regulation.

Below are some sample passages we have identified that could be discussed with your child individually at your request:

  1. Prioritize Moderation (Philippians 4:5): The Bible emphasizes the importance of moderation in all aspects of life. In Philippians 4:5, it states, “Let your moderation be known unto all men.” This principle can be applied to video game usage. Encourage teenagers to moderate their gaming time, setting clear limits to strike a balance between virtual and real-life experiences.
  2. Time Management (Ephesians 5:15-16): Ephesians 5:15-16 advises, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.” Teens can benefit from allocating time wisely, ensuring that responsibilities such as homework, chores, and social interactions take precedence over excessive gaming.
  3. Understanding Consequences (Galatians 6:7): “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). This verse highlights the concept of consequences. Help teenagers understand that excessive gaming may yield negative consequences, such as declining academic performance and strained relationships. Encouraging responsibility and accountability is essential.
  4. Fleeing Temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13): In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Bible assures believers that God provides a way of escape in times of temptation. Teach teenagers to recognize triggers that lead to excessive gaming and to proactively avoid or manage these situations. This could involve setting up a conducive study environment or engaging in alternative, healthier activities.
  5. Building Self-Control (Galatians 5:22-23): Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruits of the Spirit, including self-control. Encourage teenagers to cultivate self-control in all aspects of life, including gaming. This can involve setting specific goals for gaming time, gradually reducing playtime, and learning to resist the urge to engage in prolonged gaming sessions.
  6. Seeking Support (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10): Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 emphasizes the strength found in companionship, stating, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Encourage teenagers to seek support from friends, family, or mentors when dealing with video game addiction. A supportive community can provide encouragement and accountability.

Christian Treatment For Video Game and Cell Phone Addiction Offers Hope

The Bible offers timeless principles that can guide teenagers in overcoming video game addiction by fostering self-regulation. By emphasizing moderation, time management, understanding consequences, fleeing temptation, building self-control, and seeking support, teenagers can navigate the challenges of the digital age while maintaining a healthy balance between virtual and real-life experiences. Integrating these biblical takeaways into their lives can empower teenagers to break free from the grips of video game addiction and cultivate a well-rounded, fulfilling lifestyle.

Affording Christian Video Game Addiction Treatment

Parents seeking Christian video game addiction treatment or social media/cell phone overuse treatment are often surprised to find limited realistic options available. One issue is that while most insurance plans technically do cover residential treatment, the guidelines for coverage are quite limited.

For example, most insurance plans will only cover residential treatment while a teenager is in an acute phase. Acute means that the teenager or young adult is currently in danger to themselves or others. If the individual is suicidal or homicidal there is usually no issue with getting them into treatment at least until a point where they are stabilized.

Generally, stabilization occurs within three to seven days. Obviously, stabilization only it’s not what most parents seek when exploring long-term options that will fix the root of the problem. This is where the Summerland Camps program for technology habit change really shines. We offer an effective treatment program for video game addiction and social media overuse that lasts for one to seven weeks in length.

Additionally, we do not file insurance claims so insurance is not a roadblock to treatment. With most residential treatment centers for teens, the insurance company is in charge of the treatment. With the Summerland Program for Technology Habit Change, parents are in charge of the treatment.

Participants enjoy hiking, camping, and adventure-based sports on our adventure trips.

Advantages of our Christian Residential Treatment Center Alternative

One reason why Christian residential treatment centers are so expensive is because you are paying for the high cost of psychiatric intervention. If your child’s issues stem from habits and a faulty belief system, what they really need is therapy and not medication.

The simple fact is that there is no pill that can teach coping skills. Developing insight and building the tools to deal with your environment in a healthy and positive way is the result of structured interaction and creating aha experiences generally done through group or individual therapy. At Summerland, we have a set curriculum to achieve these objectives.

Finally, an advantage of Summerland over expensive residential treatment centers for video game or social media addiction is that we take a positive approach. Our treatment program is set in the backdrop of a typical summer camp format.

Summerland Campers participate in traditional summer camp activities while developing the skills needed to transition back home and be successful. The self-esteem component is required for all campers as we have found that self-esteem tends to be a route issue for the participants we serve. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of your child attending Summerland please give us a call today.

Value Components Summary

Summerland Camps offers the first and only summer camp environment for screen time overuse.  We help with a scientifically based curriculum to address excessive internet gaming, X-Box, handheld devices, social media, and virtual reality overuse.

There are other programs that claim to help address internet gaming addiction, social media overuse, and so on.  However, for most of these programs, it’s more of an afterthought, an add-on to their other therapy offerings.

We are unique in that screen time overuse is our primary focus, with social problems, frustration, anger, and anxiety being related to the screen overuse habit.  We don’t just gloss over the digital media issue, we hit it head-on.

Our positive focus is as unique as our location.  Because we are rooted in self-monitoring methodology, we stay focused on creating goals and the behaviors it takes to achieve these goals.  We don’t see your kid as, “broken.”  They just have some bad habits, and habits can be unlearned, and new habits can be learned in their place.

We focus on screen-based activities.  This generally means internally focused issues co-occur like anxiety, depression, and poor social skills.  A lot of our campers also have problems with ADD / ADHD, and could benefit from learning how to stay organized and work on goals.

Other programs claim to help with gaming overuse, but you risk mixing your child in with drugs, alcohol, bullying and violence issues.  Also, because other programs have such a wide focus, the therapy becomes quite diluted.