Break Your Internet Dependence
In modern society, use of the internet has become commonplace. Many jobs are done online, as are many leisure activities such as looking for recipes, watching movies, researching, or playing games.
But what happens when you feel like there’s no longer life outside of a screen? When you don’t feel like you can survive without screen time? This is when technology use becomes problematic.
Life doesn’t have to be that way. The internet can be a useful tool, but you do not have to feel chained to your screen.
We’re here to help you overcome pathological internet use and enjoy life offline.
What is Internet Addiction Disorder?
While not officially in the DSM-5, an internet addiction disorder is a behavioral addiction characterized by excessive internet use.
Symptoms of an internet use disorder include compulsive internet use, irritability, agitation or anxiety when not using the internet or when no internet connection is available, excessive amounts of screen time, and headaches and eye strain from exposure to blue light.
What Causes an Internet Addiction?
Internet and technology addiction isn’t caused by one single factor, but an amalgamation of components. The growing use of the internet in everyday life combined with underlying mental illness such as depression and anxiety may play a role.
Signs of internet addiction, copious hours in internet chat rooms, disregarding self-care activities like showering, eating, or getting dressed and instead using that time to play computer games, a compulsive need to use the computer, smartphone, or surf the internet, the inability to focus on the present moment, endless scrolling on social networking sites, and forgoing sleep to use the internet.
What Treatment Options are Available for Internet Addiction?
If you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of technology addiction, there is hope.
Treatment of internet addiction may include psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and adjunct therapies such as Trauma Informed Yoga and Equine Therapy.
For those who have tried to recover from internet addiction on their own and have not seen success, treatment programs like those at The Heights are available.
Our Levels of Care for Internet Addiction Treatment at Our Treatment Center
At The Heights, we believe that in order to fully heal, you need treatments that empower your autonomy. Our treatment programs occur during the day so that patients have the flexibility to commit themselves to treatment while tending obligations outside of recovery in the evenings.
Our treatment programs for technology addiction are
Individualized Intensive Program (IIP)
IIP is ideal for patients transitioning from a higher level of treatment or an inpatient program. This program offers evidence-based modalities and an integrative approach, but patients still have the flexibility to balance their recovery with responsibilities at work, home, or school.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
A PHP is an intensive level of outpatient care that’s ideal for patients transitioning from a residential treatment program or IIP. Patients still have the flexibility to tend to work, home, or school but benefit from a structured environment for treatment and care in our welcoming rehab center in Houston.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our IOP is a good fit for patients who have completed IIP or inpatient treatment but may need more rigorous care than an outpatient program. This program can help patients who have taken the first step toward recovery on their own and need more long-term support, treatment, and accountability.
Mental health treatment programs provide evidence-based behavioral health therapy and psychiatry. A positive community of peer support, family therapy sessions, and a compassionate staff with an individualized, strategic plan. Patients learn skills like positive awareness, coping skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness in regular therapy sessions.
Therapies & Interventions for Internet Addiction
Whole-person healing is the key to long term recovery. At The Heights, we implement modalities that are evidence-based, meaning that there is clear scientific data to support their efficacy.
Our treatment programs include a combination group therapy and individual therapy to help you gain the life and coping skills you need to lead an addiction-free life.
Our therapies include:
*Houston location only
FAQs About Internet Addiction Treatment
We’ve answered some of your most common questions about internet addiction and internet addiction treatment.