Addictions in the New Millennium: Understanding the impact of electronics, video game, and vaping/THC addictions

  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Live Event via Zoom


Program Information:


"Addictions in the New Millennium: Understanding the impact of electronics, video game, and vaping/THC addictions”

Presenter:  Jim West, M.A., LMHC, NCC

Date:  February 19, 2021

Live Event: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

(Announcements, virtual networking) 9:00-9:30am; (Presentation) 9:30-10:30am

*Your Zoom link will be sent out at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.*

Presentation Summary:

During this presentation, we will talk about gaming disorder, electronics addiction and discuss how much electronics kids should have, based on suggestions by the American Association of Pediatrics, with a twist. The material will explore comparisons between Fortnite and Heroin addiction; including the mention of societal studies and conclusions made in the UK, the World Health Organization and the US Surgeon General. This program includes Vaping, as this is another major problem new to this generation, whereas the US Surgeon General labeled an Epidemic and gave the FDA an “F” for how they are regulating these devices.  Finally, we will discuss how todays Marijuana is not your grandfather’s pot!  You will learn that drug dealers modified the pot to have higher amounts of THC and up to 8 times less medical benefit (CBD).

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the impact of electronics addiction: how social media effects self-esteem, body image, cutting, cyber-bullying.
  • Participants will learn how video games are making kids stay inside, not do schoolwork and quit sports teams (similar to the impact of illegal drugs).  
  • Participants will explore how we can rewire the reward circuitry in the gaming addict’s brain and re-engage society. 
  • Participants will address the changes of nicotine addiction; with consideration on how Big Tobacco hooked the next generation, and how the new Marijuana can be addictive and cause psychosis.
  • Participants will also learn to incorporate ways to help parents, teens and young adults quit addictions and get their lives back. 

Speaker Bio:

Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, the author of Stress Less Educational Series, president of Total Life Counseling and his group has been interviewed by local and national media on issues facing adolescents and families. He is a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and provides supervision to Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns for licensure in the state of Florida. Jim is an Author, Communicator, School Consultant, Nationally Certified Licensed Counselor and he specializes in counseling for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). He is a subject matter expert, and he has been featured on multiple tv networks and news stations. Jim spoke on Fox 35 in the last year on Fortnite Addiction, collaborating with a British psychologist who compared it to Heroin Addiction. He also highlighted his knowledge of electronics addiction in January of 2018 when the World Health Organization declared Gaming Disorder an actual diagnosis. Additionally, Jim has always thought of creative experiential treatment approaches to reach those who might not respond to traditional therapies. Jim has a unique way of bonding with children and adolescents through Play Therapy, Power Point Presentations, Interactive Games, Recreation Therapy and staying current with the constantly changing world of the children & adolescents. Jim also stays current with adolescents through his 13 years of experience in youth ministry in speaks to students at school assemblies, youth groups and conventions.

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