Internet Addiction – Are you living in a virtual world?

Internet addiction is becoming an ever-growing problem in today’s society; accessible by most, it affects adults, teenagers and even children. It may seem harmless, as outwardly does not appear to harm anyone, but what about the individual who is addicted and their immediate family who lose the person to an online world of fantasy?

Internet addiction is harmful; as with any addiction, the individual loses true perspective and is at the mercy of their compulsion. They come to know a double life. The one they present online is usually very different from their reality. Their mood is dictated by how many responses, likes, games they win, pictures they post, items they buy. Their life becomes increasingly unmanageable and their loved ones become more and more resentful.

As with an addiction to a substance, it is the individual’s mind that is the driving force behind their addiction. Addiction is not a lifestyle choice, as an illness of the mind it manifests in a compulsion that overrides everything and anyone. Primrose Lodge treat Internet addiction very seriously, we have seen first hand the damage it can do to the individual and their loved ones. Individuals suffering from Internet addiction can become extremely unproductive, antisocial and isolated. This can lead to feelings of extreme loneliness and desperation; even to the point where they feel ending their life would be a better option than carrying on as they are.

Do I Have an Internet Addiction?

There is a vast difference between spending a little too much time online to having a full blown internet addiction. Addiction destroys the individual internally and impacts greatly on those around them. If you are wondering if you have an internet addiction, it would be useful to ask yourself the following questions and answer them honestly. This may help you in determining if you have a problem that requires professional help:

  • Do you lose substantial periods of time surfing the Internet, gaming or on social media?
  • Have you tried to limit your use but find you cannot control it, or have others suggested you spend too much time on the Internet?
  • Have you neglected responsibilities such as appointments, your career, time with family or your own finances and health as a result of the time you spend on the internet?
  • To you attempt to hide the amount of time you spend on your laptop, computer, gaming device or phone?
  • Do you often feel guilty for the interactions you have and the time you spend on the Internet?
  • Do you use the Internet as a means to another addiction such as gambling, social media, porn or gaming?
  • Do you get frustrated with yourself and your unproductivity in the real world?
  • Do you lie and manipulate the truth online to present a different reality?
  • Do you feel that social media is your only real source of human interaction and support?
  • Do you feel depressed, guilty, ashamed or anxious around your Internet use?
  • Do you feel unable to make any real connection with the outside world?
  • Do you feel restless, irritable and dissatisfied when you are not online?
  • Do you find yourself frequently online when everyone else is asleep?
  • Do you isolate and avoid social events as feel unable to cope?
  • Has your time on the Internet negatively impacted on your family, friends and loved ones?
  • Have you become emotionally unavailable to others offline?
  • Do you feel you have a lack of purpose in life and fear a life without the Internet?
  • Does using the Internet give you the feelings of comfort and euphoria that you seek?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, there is a strong possibility that you have an Internet addiction. That being the case, you may want to read on to find out exactly how we can help you overcome it.

Our Internet Addiction Treatment Pprogramme

Primrose Lodge offer treatment for many addictions, including Internet addiction. Classed as a process addiction, where an individual becomes dependent on an activity or behaviour, Internet addiction can be every bit as damaging as a substance addiction. We provide a full rehabilitation programme for anyone who suffers from an addiction to the Internet in its varying forms.

The first step to recovery from Internet addiction is complete abstinence; we will support you through the detox period of complete abstinence in the safe and nurturing environment of our clinic. Whilst undergoing rehabilitation, you will also receive medical and therapeutic support for any co occurring illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorder. All of our staff are highly skilled and qualified; most have had their lives touched by addiction, so know first hand of its effects. Whilst with us you will receive only the best and latest in addiction treatments, including strong elements of the following proven therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Trauma Therapy
  • 12 step Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Fitness programme

At Primrose Lodge we understand how important it is to treat each patient as an individual. You will therefore receive a fully person-centred rehabilitation programme, designed specifically to meet YOUR treatment needs. No two individuals are the same, we therefore tailor your rehab programme to treat you as a whole person: spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. In order to successfully treat an addiction, we offer comprehensive residential rehabilitation programmes that run from 4 to 12 weeks primary care and up to 6 months secondary care. For all of those that complete treatment, 1 year free aftercare is available.

Let Us Help

If you or a loved one need help for an internet addiction, call us or chat to us live to find out more about our programmes and costs. We will do all we can to help you become free from Internet addiction permanently and show you how to live in and enjoy the real world once again.

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