Technological Addictions: Focus on Gambling, Gaming and Cybersex

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Addiction to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and opioids can be devastating, as we all know. But video games, online porn, internet gaming, internet gambling, and other technological addictions can be every bit as addictive as substances. These addictions can have real-world ramifications and lead to the loss of jobs, money, and loved ones. As technology becomes integrated into every facet of modern life, these technological addictions are becoming increasingly prevalent. This session will inform healthcare professionals about the addictive potential of technology and help them view these addictions as legitimate psychiatric conditions worthy of medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • List five forms of Technological Addictions as they appear in the scientific literature of 2022.
  • Discuss the psychology and culture surrounding Internet Gaming addiction.
  • Distinguish between normal use and addiction.

Note: This course was designed to follow Neurobiology of Addiction by Dr. Levounis. It is recommended to take Neurobiology of Addiction or to have a prior understanding of neurobiology of addiction before taking this course.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by Petros Levounis, MD, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation (1.5 hour)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter

Petros Levounis, MD, MA, serves as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers NJ Medical School. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, he studied chemistry and biophysics before receiving his medical education at Stanford and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He trained in Psychiatry at Columbia University and further specialized in Addiction Psychiatry at NYU. Dr. Levounis served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York from 2002 to 2013 and, in 2017, was elected as an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Levounis has published 14 books including the textbook of “Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders,” the self-help paperback, “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” and the first book on the “Technological Addictions.” His books have been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York.

Contact Hours 

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 1.5 CONTACT HOUR for social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, and  behavioral healthcare workers.
  • 1.5 contact hours approved by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • This course may be used for 1.5 contact hour for MHRT-C Domain 6

Important Info

Disclosure: Neither the presenter nor the program planners (CCSME) have any commercial interest or conflict of interest to disclose.

Disclaimer: This course is intended for educational purposes only.  The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).