Aetna Rehab and Internet Addiction Coverage


Aetna Rehab and Internet Addiction Coverage


The market for video games is truly massive. By some estimates, more than 1 billion people globally have spent significant time playing video games. Disturbingly, a rising number of those 1 billion people are now showing signs of video game addiction, according to one recent study.

Some people may scoff at the severity of video game addiction — yet that’s precisely the wrong attitude to take. Much like gambling or drinking, video game playing can become compulsive behavior. And once that happens, those afflicted can see a dramatic negative impact on their finances, quality of life, or even health.

If you’re struggling with video game addiction, the first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem — followed by a thorough review of your insurance policy.

Common Treatments for Video Game Addiction

For those struggling with gaming addiction, video games act much like drugs and alcohol. Playing games compulsively traps gamers in a cycle where they depend on the game for mood-altering effects and self-esteem. Much like with substance abuse, tolerance can develop, and compulsive gamers can spend days at a time feeding their addiction.

Some of the more common treatment paths for video game addiction include:

  • Inpatient rehab
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Group counseling
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Medication
  • Residential rehab

Typically, inpatient rehab works best for those with entrenched, long-standing problems. Those with less severe problems often pursue outpatient rehab. In some cases, video game addiction develops alongside other related mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse. If this happens, a medical detox or a more comprehensive treatment approach may be called for.

If you’re unsure which rehab option works for you, feel free to consult with your physician, counselor or insurer.

Will Aetna Pay for Video Game Addiction Coverage?

As a major insurance provider with a comprehensive mental health component, Aetna may cover treatment for video game addiction, depending on the specifics of your individual policy. Before settling on inpatient or outpatient rehab (or any other approach), it’s important to review your coverage closely, as policies differ considerably in terms of what is covered and to what degree. It’s also important to check for any deductibles and co-payments.

Taking the next step

If you feel you could benefit from inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, detox or any other video game addiction treatment, please visit Aetna’s website for more information.


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