Treatment for Computer Addiction Spreads

Traditionally, psychotherapists have worked with people facing the difficulties of substance abuse and addictions, developing special programs or types of treatment to help clients overcome the clutches of various drugs, alcohol, or even negative behavioral habits. With the rise in the ubiquity of computers and the internet, treatment for computer addiction is becoming more popular, as evidenced by the creation of specialty clinics and psychotherapeutic specializations. While computers have doubtless become invaluable tools for modern living, help for internet addiction may prove invaluable in ensuring that the machines do not have a significant negative impact on the happiness of some users.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • E.MORGAN

    E.MORGAN

    March 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    I recently read about a young boy in Romania who was gaming for over 12 hours at a stretch and finally collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

    This incident clearly shows two things-1)Your health is at a risk, and
    2)Your social life is non-existent.

    Both of these things happen due to addiction to the computer, which just shows how negative the addiction is.

  • willy

    willy

    March 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    I recently read about a young boy in Romania who was gaming for over 12 hours at a stretch and finally collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

    This incident clearly shows two things-1)Your health is at a risk, and
    2)Your social life is non-existent.

    Both of these things happen due to addiction to the computer, which just shows how negative the addiction is.

  • Jake C.

    Jake C.

    March 24th, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    I have seen myself unable to stay away from the computer during vacations…I am kind of ‘pulled’ by this game,Counter Strike…I am not able to stay away for too long and I feel incomplete when I am away from the computer…Just cannot stop myself…going to game again now!

  • Lizzy

    Lizzy

    March 24th, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Internet addiction? Are you for real?This is what we have come to? This just shows that way too many of us just have too much time on our hands!

  • joan

    joan

    March 24th, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Most people who are addicted to the internet do not even know it but end up spending long hours online everyday…I think the reason they are unaware is because they do not know the general guidelines and symptoms…more awareness in this issue would be appreciated.

  • chass t

    chass t

    March 25th, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    I have known people that you can’t drag away from the computer for anything in the world but I never thought of this as a real adidction. But having read this I guess I can see where that comes from. But it’s weird to me- I would much rather interact with real friends instead of sitting in front of a screen all day long!! This is bizarre. But I guess one more danger that the prevalence of computers has brought into our lives that we never before would have even thought possible.

  • WoW_Addict ;O

    WoW_Addict ;O

    June 13th, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    I am addicted to WoW! Buhahaha! Seriously, I bet every one of you is freaking addicted and just hides it, otherwhise you wouldn’t search it… I admit I am addicted to WoW, and so be it, I love it and I won’t stop it.

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    November 11th, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    My 12 year old brother spends all of his days on the computer. Whenever he is not on it, he goes to sleep. Whenever he cannot have it, he becomes very violent. He doesn’t like to be very social because he rather spend his time on the computer. When we visit our family he uses THEIR computer. I believe my parents are in denial about the whole thing, and I hate to see nothing being done about it. What do i do?

  • R. S. Rawat

    R. S. Rawat

    December 15th, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    My 15 year old son spends most of the time on computer games or internet surfing or sleeping. Whenever we ask him to limit computer usage, he becomes violent and totally in denial to listen. We are completely helpless. It is also affecting our social interaction and movement. He is not going out of house at all. He is not going school since last one and half year. Though some how we manage to take him for behavioral / addiction treatment to therapist since last one and half year but he is not showing any progress at all. Needed urgent help, what to do?

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