Internet and Digital Addiction
Internet Addiction. Tech Addiction. Digital Addiction. Video Gaming Addiction. These new types of “process addictions” may have many names but they are all part of a new phenomenon that is growing at an alarming rate for certain populations. With more and more people “connected” to their devices, there is a rapid increase in the number of children and adults that are spending hours at a time online. Whether it’s on their phones, computers, video game systems, these new addictions have the same negative impact of peoples wellbeing.
While there are many reported symptoms of Internet and Digital Addiction some of the most common are:
Because of the relatively new nature of this type of addiction, recognizing the signs can be difficult. Knowing when and where to turn for help is challenging. Some behaviors to look out for are:
- Difficulty being without phone or other device for short periods of time
- Inability to form relationships or communicate “offline”
- Incapable of managing finances on a basic level
- Becomes withdrawn or inconsolable without device
For some people, spending time on their devices can become more than just a time-consuming past-time. It can turn into a full-blown addiction. In June of 2018, The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized “gaming addiction” as not only a health risk, but a mental health disorder.
Beachway Therapy Center is proud to offer a digital detox program, designed to treat unhealthy screen-time overuse and gaming addiction.
It is a fully immersive, residential 4-week clinical program, hosted near our addiction treatment campus, where individuals are able to detox from their screen addiction, as they participate in a holistic treatment program that emphasizes nature and group therapy.
It’s important to note that the purpose of our program is not to make people give up technology forever – the point is to teach them how to self-regulate and use their devices in moderation.
The program also features a Family Workshop Weekend and a 90-day aftercare program to help the participants stay on track after the program is over.
Our staff includes experienced medical professionals, registered nurses, and private-practice mental health PhDs who work daily with individuals suffering from problematic use of technology, including gaming addiction and other unhealthy screen-time habits.
“Once a person has crossed the line into true tech addiction, treatment can be challenging but it is possible. I have found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than lost-in-the-matrix video gamers or Facebook-dependent social media addicts.”
Dr. Duy Nguyen, D.O.