Charlie Bracke grew up living with online gaming addiction. At one point, he was spending an average of 14 hours per day online gaming due to living with online gaming addiction.
As his gaming addiction escalated, he dropped out of college, lost a long-term relationship and lost his job. Knowing that living with online gaming addiction was taking its toll, Charlie found the courage to seek professional treatment at reSTART Life, a residential treatment program that focuses on addressing different types of digital addiction including gaming addiction, social media addiction, general video game addiction, and other mental health disorders. Charlie now speaks about his struggles with technology and gaming addiction in order to raise awareness and help others struggling with similar issues and digital addictions.
01:07 This week’s guest
02:08 Online gaming as a hobby
06:55 Developing gaming addiction due to depression
12:25 Finding help for gaming addiction
24:33 Societal impacts of online gaming & social media
28:45 Building a healthy relationship with online gaming
41:02 Types of support Charlie got during addiction recovery
45:17 Advice to anyone with a digital addiction