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.
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