The Treatment of Internet Gaming Disorder: a Brief Overview of the PIPATIC Program (2018)

Int J Ment Health Addict. 2018;16(4):1000-1015. doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9825-0.

Torres-Rodríguez A1, Griffiths MD2, Carbonell X1.


Over the last decade, there has been an increase in children and adolescents accessing psychology services regarding problematic use of online videogames. Consequently, providing effective treatment is essential. The present paper describes the design process of a manualized PIPATIC (Programa Individualizado Psicoterapéutico para la Adicción a las Tecnologías de la información y la comunicación) intervention program for 12- to 18-year-old adolescents with Internet Gaming Disorder. The design and application of the PIPATIC program integrates several areas of intervention structured into six modules: psychoeducational, treatment as usual, intrapersonal, interpersonal, family intervention, and development of a new lifestyle. The program’s goals are to reduce the addiction symptoms related to online videogames and to improve the well-being of adolescents. Preliminary findings suggest positive and encouraging effects.

KEYWORDS: Cognitive behavioral therapy; Gaming addiction; Internet Gaming Disorder; Internet addiction; Manualized treatment; Online videogames

PMID: 30147635

PMCID: PMC6096606

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-017-9825-0

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