Internet addiction is increasing rapidly worldwide. Smartphones, tablets and laptops hooked up to the World Wide Web have found their way into much of our daily lives at work, school and home. The internet provides a multitude of communication, learning, entertainment and business opportunities. However, there are negative aspects of being connected all the time as well.
Millions of people suffer from internet addiction worldwide which is negatively affecting their lives. Without question the raised profile of social media and other forms of internet usage has increased the numbers of people that have actively undertaken internet addiction treatment.
Internet addiction is essentially the compulsive overuse of the internet. This can be seen in situations where people are with a group of friends, and not a single one is talking to another – instead, they are all seated at a table together pursuing individual activities via the internet. Internet games and social media outlets are major aspects of internet addiction.
Just like other behavioural or process addictions, an internet addict’s reward centre of the brain lights up just at the thought of being online. Often this is associated with a feeling of being connected. When a person loses the ability to connect to others in real life, or when internet usage is negatively disrupting other parts of their life such as work, school or relationships, this is considered internet addiction.
Because the internet is so deeply ingrained in modern day life, it is difficult to know when your internet usage has become problematic. Some indicators include losing sleep over internet use, preferring to spend time online rather than with friends and family and fantasizing about the next time you can log on.
Internet addiction causes many negative effects in a person’s life, including the following:
Internet addiction can be treated successfully through both inpatient addiction treatment and outpatient. Which one is more effective depends on each individual’s situation and the severity of the addiction. Outpatient treatment requires an internet addict to attend counselling sessions several times per week while still able to maintain their day to day obligations. This is normally reserved for those whose internet addiction is not yet too severe. In more severe cases, or often when an addict simply wants to focus completely on addiction recovery, inpatient addiction treatment is recommended. In these cases, the addict is required to live at the rehab centre while receiving treatment.
First and foremost, because internet addiction is so ingrained in daily life, many internet addicts find it incredibly beneficial to be removed from ‘regular’ life. Living at the treatment centre for a period of time allows them to completely unplug from the internet. This makes it easier to deal with cravings to use the internet when they are in a new environment and the internet is simply not accessible.
Other benefits to residential rehab include:
Why Choose The Cabin?
Complete abstinence from internet use is not realistic in today’s modern world – which is why The Cabin uses a unique treatment method, Changing pathways, created specifically to treat those addictions in which abstinence is not possible.
Using a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 12 Steps and mindfulness therapy our treatment programme teaches clients the coping skills and tools necessary to develop healthy internet usage patterns.
Many addiction centres do not have experience these types of addiction, but the Western-trained counsellors at The Cabin are knowledgeable in these areas and have much experience treating all types of behavioural addictions including internet addiction. Our treatment programme has an above average completion rate of 96% and is offered at a fraction of the cost of similar or lesser luxury rehab centres in the West.