Technology addiction

The benefits of the technologies we all use on a daily basis are clear to see. However, in a short period of time, the world we all inhabit has drastically changed and we have had little time to adapt. Unfortunately unhealthy relationships with technology such as phones, computers, games and social media can cause destructive consequences; physically and psychologically. Lives can be impaired by extensive and unregulated time online, on-screen or ‘in-game’.

Signs of technology addiction

  • You spend increasing amounts of time on the computer and the internet
  • You fail to limit your time spent on the computer or internet
  • You neglect family, friends and other responsibilities
  • You get angry when others criticize the amount of time you spend online
  • You withdraw from other pleasurable activities
  • Your online use interferes with studying or work
  • You are restless and anxious when not online
  • You will forgo necessary sleep to stay online

Our treatment approach for technology addiction

Our approach to treating technology addiction combines individual programmes that are based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.

The three core elements are:

Interpersonal therapy

Interpersonal therapy giving the emphasis on interpersonal sensitivity and how this relates to discomfort in face-to-face time with others.

Tech hygiene

Tech Hygiene in which the meaning of your relationship to technology is explored whether a phone, a game or social media platform such as Facebook. This is supported by other therapies including CBT, Relaxation and Sleep Therapy which work on managing the energy or level of arousal that follows prolonged gaming and focuses on how to ‘Switch Off and Disconnect’.

Life skills and health

Life Skills and Health to look after the body and feel good within it. Prolonged periods of Technology Addiction compromise confidence in facing the demands of life in the external world but also physically where individuals may suffer poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.

Family support groups

Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.

Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.

Addiction monthly free family day

Our addictions family day takes place once a month and is led by addictions and family specialist therapist. It consists of two groups.

One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.

The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.

Addiction weekly family free support group

Family support groups are aimed at families, partners and friends of people suffering from an addiction problem. When these problems arise, it can have a devastating effect on those who are close to the person. Our family support groups can be a huge source of emotional support.

Free telephone consultation

We offer a free telephone consultation to determine if technology addiction treatment and rehabilitation would be right for you or a loved one. Complete the form below and a member of our expert addictions team will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

“When you have a problem and you drink, take drugs or gamble, the problem won’t go away. Stay and tackle the problem”
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