Detox Centers for Computer and Internet Related Addictions

Overindulgence, in anything, (including computers and the internet) will result in devastation of some form.

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Have you lost your connection with the real world as a result of excessive computer usage and what the internet has to offer (e.g. video games, chatting, texting, social networking, blogging, gambling, buying, pornography, compulsive surfing, etc…)?

Do you know someone personally, as a result of excessive use of the internet, whose:

marriage has been devastated?
career has been shattered?
family has been broken?
health has been affected?
financial ruin has occurred?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are witness to someone (or yourself) of a computer or internet related addictive behavior.  Here in the U.S. we are just starting to recognize these addictive behaviors and are taking steps to provide help and resolution.

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One such place to seek help is called reStart: Internet Addiction Recovery Program. reStart is the first program of its’ kind in the U.S. designed to specifically help internet and video game addicts overcome their computer or online dependencies. reStart is a 45 day in-patient (therapeutic) program, 6-bed facility (family style retreat), located in Fall City, Washington.

Current research suggests that anywhere from 6-10 % of the online population is dependent on one or more aspects of cyber technology and the internet. Among gamers, those playing multi-user games (like World of Warcraft) appear to be addicted at much higher levels. Both China and South Korea have designated Internet Addiction as their #1 public health danger and have responded by developing multiple treatment programs. The United States, by contrast, has been slower to recognize and respond to the problem but now is beginning to take some active steps.  This program is part of that process.

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Another great resource is the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, located in Bradford, PA. You will find treatment services for:

Cybersex/Cyberporn

Studies show that men are more likely to view cyberporn, while women are more likely to engage in erotic chat.

Online Affairs

Partners engaged in an online affair go through several personality changes and often rationalize that an online affair isn’t really cheating.

Online Gambling

At an alarming rate, people in recovery from gambling addiction have relapsed because of the availability of virtual casinos, as they use the Internet as another vehicle to satisfy their addiction.

Online Gaming

Like a drug, gamers who play almost every day, play for extended periods of time (over 4 hours), get restless or irritable if they can’t play, and sacrifice other social activities just to game are showing signs of addiction.

Compulsive Surfing

Internet Addiction is an impulsive-control problem and five subtypes have been defined:

  1. Cybersexual Addiction
  2. Cyber-Relational Addiction
  3. Net Compulsions
  4. Information Overload
  5. Computer Addiction

eBay Addiction

Online auction houses create a stimulating place where users can conquer others as the highest bidder, which can be intoxicating as one beats out others in the last precious seconds to win the desired prize.

Take a Test

- Cybersexual Addiction Quiz
Internet Addiction Test (IAT)
Quiz for Obsessive Online Gambling
Quiz for Compulsive Online Gamers
Quiz for Online Auction Addiction
The Partner’s Addiction Test
The Parent-Child Addiction Test

I have personally witnessed the evolution of computers and the internet from the very beginning. On a personal level, I have witnessed the devastation that can occur as a result of overindulgence in the various avenues that computers and the internet has to offer. The internet, in a sense is a virtual world, where your soul and mind can become consumed, if you let it. If you need help, please seek it!

In connection to this article and information, I also encourage you to read A Look At Our Newest Addition at Tech-for Everyone.

25 August 2009 – Another ‘must read’ article, “Internet Addiction – Do You Qualify?” at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts.  Mr. Mullin’s explores this topic and gives us whole different angle on it.

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7 Responses to Detox Centers for Computer and Internet Related Addictions

  1. Bill Mullins says:

    Rick,

    The argument that “internet related addictive behavior” is a standalone form of addictive behavior, is not persuasive.

    Mental illness is a complex and mystifying subject that includes a multitude of variables. Variables that are rarely taken into account in popular myth making, particularly as it applies to the Internet, and addiction.

    I have written a number of articles on this topic, so let me offer you a statement from Dr. Jerald J. Block, M.D., who, in an editorial published on The American Journal of Psychiatry website earlier this year, made the point that 86 per cent of so called “internet addicts”, including gaming addicts, also have some other form of a mental disorder. This view is supported by the the mental health community, at large.

    Addiction, in all its forms, its consequences, and its cures, are the current flavors of the day being marketed to us in reality TV shows, supplemented of course, by commercials designed to convince viewers that “miracle” cures exist – at a substantial cost.

    So why not target the Internet as a causation factor in addiction? After-all, it’s easy, it’s seems to fit, and there’s money to be made in the “curing”. Kimberly Young, the founder of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, mentioned in your article, has an uneven reputation in the mental health community.

    I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat it – “We are, more and more, motivated to become a guilt driven society with the result that we are often forced to second guess many aspects of our lives.

    On the other hand, there are those who will insist that Western civilization has historically always been guilt driven; perhaps those who hold this philosophy are right”.

    Unfortunately, the average person lacks the critical thinking skills, or training, necessary to properly assess the information repeated in your article, and so the truth of “Internet addiction”, is rarely, if ever, tested.

    Bill

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Bill,

      What an “excellent” and “educated” response you have provided us… I truly agree with is the statement you reflected that “86 per cent of so called “internet addicts”, including gaming addicts, also have some other form of a mental disorder”. For example a person, who has underlying compulsive behaviors, would easily fall into the many traps that are available on the internet to satiate the behavior. Is the internet the causation factor? I seriously doubt it; BUT the internet may cause or provide opportunity for the underlying behavior or illness to surface in one form or another. The internet or game playing makes it easy for the person to keep going back for more, and more, and more… I just hope people recognize the signs of that person that keeps going back for more, and more and more… AND seek help.

      Again, Bill…

      Thank you!

  2. poch says:

    You done it Rick.
    I rate this 5 stars.
    I might even make this post as future reference.
    This subject is just a part of my continuing Digital Danger series.

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  6. What I can say is very nice and helpful as well as informative post…really help me very much more!! Thanks..
    Cheers

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