Saturday, June 10, 2006

Video Game Detox Center Opens in Amsterdam
Friday, June 09, 2006

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — An addiction center is opening Europe's first detox clinic for
video game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who can't leave their joysticks alone.

Video games may look innocent, but they can be as addictive as gambling or drugs — and just as hard to kick, says Keith Bakker, director of Amsterdam-based Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants.

Bakker already has treated 20
video game addicts, aged 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer console.
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