Internet addiction refers to any compulsive online-related behaviour which causes stress on your work environment, loved ones, friends and family, thereby interfering with your everyday life. Also known as ‘problematic internet use’, ‘compulsive internet use’, ‘internet compulsivity’, ‘iDisorder’ and ‘internet dependency’, internet addiction causes you to prioritise your online activity above everything else.
Internet addiction can stem from any (or a combination of) online-related activities, such as:
You might use the internet a great deal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re addicted to it. The problem arises when you use the internet so much that it begins to interfere with your daily routine. If left untreated, internet addiction can lead to emotional, functional, physical and social impairments.
These are the signs you should look out for:
If you find that you have 3 or more of these symptoms, please call us to discuss your problem.
The short-term effects of internet addiction will vary from one person to the next, but you can expect them to take some of the following forms:
These are only short-term effects, but the long-term effects of online addiction are even worse. It can make a world of difference to speak to one of our counsellors before the situation worsens.
Clinicians and scientists across the world have found that it’s possible for an individual who is addicted to the internet to experience significant psychological changes when they halt their online activity. While the current evidence on internet withdrawal is not as developed as the experts would like, the following have been identified as symptoms of internet withdrawal:
Have you tried to stop or cut down your online activity, but find that you experience some of these symptoms to a degree? If so, get in touch with us today and speak with a trained and experienced counsellor.
Primrose Lodge have successfully treated many cases of internet addiction, with the help of our brilliant team of experienced and well-trained addiction experts, many of whom have gone through rehab themselves.
Our rehab is CQC approved. See below for a sample of our proven treatments:
If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one may have an internet addiction, we recommend calling us on 0203 5539263 to speak to an expert.
While not every case of addiction will require professional treatment, rehab is helpful because you’ll:
Countless people find themselves struggling with internet addiction on a daily basis. If you or a loved one have the same problem, Primrose Lodge can help. Recovery can be difficult on your own, so let us provide the professional help that you need.
You can speak to one of them right now by calling Primrose Lodge on 0203 5539263.