The rapid growth of the internet over the last decade has affected every aspect of business and culture in the U.S. It has changed the way many of us shop, research and entertain ourselves. For a small percentage of the population, however, the internet has provided a very seductive method of indulging in a compulsive escape from reality.
Internet addiction is a growing disorder that is becoming widely studied as the number of documented cases increase but its effect on a marriage, family, friendship is impossible to ignore when you are involved. Studies show that individuals who suffer from internet addiction are also likely to show signs of other addictive behaviors and depression and/or anxiety. Internet addiction can be addressed by interventions, just as any other addiction.
Internet abuse is defined as continuing to compulsively spend time on the internet, even after suffering consequences from doing so. Most of the issues that Intervention 911 deals with involve pornography addiction, online affairs or chat room relationships, online shopping and gambling. These activities can put enormous strain on all relationships and can also affect the job and even the health of the person abusing the internet.
Proper treatment and counseling can break this dependence by revealing root causes and learning how to deal head-on with life’s problems, rather than seeking escape from them. Compulsive behaviors like internet abuse are progressive and reinforcing because they seem like they effectively mask or avoid painful problems, when in reality they only become worse. This leads to more internet abuse and more problems.
Internet Addiction and Dependency
Internet addiction and dependency will only get worse, not better, if left untreated. Not unlike television addiction, frustration is a common result of internet dependency as promises to cut down are made often and frequently broken, and the rationalization of needing to use the internet for work fails under the truth that most time is spent on non-work activities.
If a loved one needs help with an internet addiction, whether they want to admit it or not, we can help. Does time spent on the internet continue to increase? Is the internet used to avoid interaction with friends, family or a spouse? Does the person suffer from increasing anxiety the longer they are away from the internet and obsessively think about getting online?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is important to get help. These compulsive behaviors do not just get better and will progressively worsen with time, despite mounting problems.
Internet Addiction Interventions
If you are reading this, it is NOT too late. Calls are confidential and anonymous. You may only need information – your loved one may need an internet abuse intervention.
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