GEHA Health Plans Rehab and Video Game Addiction Coverage

What Does Video Game Addiction Look Like?

If you're looking for information about your video game addiction rehab, you may be concerned that you or a loved one has a problem controlling their video game usage. The following list of signs and symptoms associated the video game addiction may help you determine if there is a problem that requires treatment:

  • Losing track of time when playing video games
  • Stealing or selling items to support video game habit
  • Preoccupation with playing or buying video games or talking about past video game playing experiences
  • Lying about the amount of time you're playing video games
  • Skipping school, calling out from work, or withdrawing from social activities in favor of playing video games
  • Using video games as a coping mechanism in response to stress, anger, or other negative real-world emotions/situations
  • Inability to lessen or stop the amount of play despite a desire to or attempts to

More than two or three of the above symptoms can indicate a problem that requires the help of an experienced addition specialist.

Treating Video Game Addiction

While some insurance policies have evolved to include treatment specifically for video game addiction, you might have better luck receiving treatment under your GEHA Health Plans video game addiction coverage due to this disorders categorization as a behavioral or mental issue. Treatment may involve the use of medication to control compulsions or lessen the high users get from playing video games, or physicians may describe antidepressants to tackle the biological components of compulsive behavior.

Behavioral or cognitive training can help video game addicts identify their triggers and imagine new ways of channeling those temptations and compulsions in to positive outlets. Therapy is an ongoing process that may involve individual, group, or family sessions, and counseling may go on for years and years. It's important to remember that sobriety of any kind is a life-long struggle, but you can – and will! – achieve it.

What Will My Treatment Cost?

The cost of treatment will depend on your GEHA Health Plans video game addiction coverage. Your benefits will determine your copays, coinsurance, deductible, and total out-of-pocket costs. Some facilities will cost more than others depending on geographic location and services offered and whether they are in or out of network, but ultimately no price is too dear when it comes to living a healthy, happy life.

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Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

This SoCal rehab fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.
$30,000/mo.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Rating: 4.5 stars
San Diego
$45,000 - $149,900 per month

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX
$190/day

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia
$140,000/month

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate