While using the internet in moderation is harmless, an increase in the number of people using the internet has caused internet addictions to soar. Unbeknown to many, those living with internet addictions find it almost impossible to control the amount of time they spend on the internet. As a result, they become preoccupied with the internet, social media and gaming.
When an internet addiction impairs an individual’s life, internet addiction treatment & rehab is the most suitable form of treatment.
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Signs and Symptoms Of Internet Addictions
However, various signs essentially highlight that an internet addiction is impairing an individual’s life.
Signs of internet addiction include:
- Spending an increased amount of time using the internet
- Using the internet throughout the night and early in the morning
- Experiencing intrusive thoughts that lead to internet use
- Encountering pleasurable feelings when using the internet
- Prioritising internet use over responsibilities
- Isolation from others
- Secretive behaviour
- Excessively using social media or playing video games
In addition to the above signs, numerous physical and psychological symptoms are experienced when an internet addiction comes to control an individual. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Intense mood swings
- Vision problems
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Physical pains and aches
Though some of these symptoms alleviate naturally, internet addiction treatment & rehab must be sought. Without treatment, those struggling with internet addictions will experience a reduced psychological well-being that can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Causes Of Internet Addictions
Like many other addictions, there is no single cause of internet addictions. However, factors such as personality traits and genetics are thought to be among the main causes of internet addictions.
Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety have also been noted among those suffering from an internet addiction. Additionally, loneliness and stress increase the probability that an individual will develop an internet addiction.
Internet Addiction Treatment and Rehab At Asana Lodge
While detoxification is required to support an individual in withdrawing from internet use, as internet addictions are behavioural addictions, much of the treatment administered includes psychological and well-being therapy.
Encouraging clients to address the cause of their addiction and understand how they can challenge and defeat impulses that see them compelled to feed their addiction, therapy helps many overcome their addiction and maintain a long-term recovery.
Though our therapy options for internet addictions are tailored to an individual’s needs, our psychologists frequently administer the following therapies:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Stress management\Meditation
- Mindfulness sessions
- Art therapy workshops
- Low-level laser therapy
Although those struggling with internet addictions will undoubtedly feel the most consequential effects, internet addictions can harm families. If an internet addiction has caused relationships to break down, our psychologists can additionally provide family therapy and mediation therapy for disputes.
Mental Health Treatments
As noted above, internet addictions are often caused by mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. If mental health treatment is required, at Asana Lodge, we can administer dual diagnosis treatment.
Although we encourage our clients to take advantage of the benefits that psychological and well-being therapy affords, we appreciate that in some instances, medication is required to treat and reduce the effects of mental health disorders.
If we believe that a client requires medication upon conducting a clinical assessment, we discuss this with them and provide a suitable course of treatment.
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At Asana Lodge, we aim to help as many people as possible by providing bespoke treatment programmes and one-to-one care. As a result, we are only able to cater to a limited number of patients at any given time.
To secure internet addiction treatment at our residential rehab, contact us as soon as possible.
Who Can Develop An Internet Addiction?
Internet addictions do not discriminate. Almost anyone can develop an internet addiction. However, studies show that one in four children and adults are addicted to the internet.
What Are The Early Signs Of An Internet Addiction?
Like many other behavioural addictions, the early signs of internet addiction see those struggling spend an increased amount of time feeding their addiction. Individuals who find their life impaired by an internet addiction will also find their thoughts consumed by using the internet. They will become extremely agitated and irritable when they are unable to use the internet. As a result, they will frequently isolate themselves from others in a bid to succumb to compulsions that see them compelled to use the internet for a prolonged period.
How To Get Help For An Internet Addiction?
When an internet addiction arises, it is paramount that help is secured as soon as possible. To ensure that help can be obtained for an internet addiction, many rehabs, such as our own, offer self-referral services. At Asana Lodge, our self-referral service requires those in need of internet addiction treatment & rehab to undergo an admissions process. This includes a pre-admission screening. Providing immediate support, treatment recommendations and insight into life in rehab, our pre-admissions screening takes as little as 30 minutes to complete and can be conducted over the telephone. Once this screening is complete, treatment is discussed, and an admissions date is provided.