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Internet Addiction Treatment

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
Internet addiction is serious, but it can be treated.

More and more individuals are seeking treatment for various online and Internet addictions. Before online addictions can be addressed, addicts must be treated for comorbidities such as substance addiction or mental health disorders.

Treatment options for online addictions.

Behavioral therapy is extremely effective both in identifying underlying causes of addiction and in teaching reliable coping mechanisms for cutting down on or ceasing destructive behavioral patterns. Most therapies focus on providing the addict with healthier ways to cope with triggers (stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc.) that induce Internet addiction.

In addition to behavioral therapy, content-control software and time-limiting software is available to help addicts control their time online, set realistic expectations and provide accountability. Software has proven successful in restricting usage, but it is most effective when used in conjunction with behavioral therapy.

Since online addictions are relatively new, support groups that exclusively address them are limited. Nevertheless, groups such as Sex Addicts Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous may be useful in providing help and comfort for those dealing with similar, online addictions. The recently established Online-Gamers Anonymous is another useful resource for those suffering from online addiction. Several online support groups also exist, but addicts are cautioned against pursuing online-only forms of treatment, as they may exacerbate the problem.

Where to find professional help for online addiction treatment.

Because most addictions have similar underlying causes and trigger similar chemical reactions in the brain, some drug rehabilitation facilities, such as Caron, are able to help those with non-substance related addictions. Please get in touch for more information.