The Times – 17 February 2015 – Rehab is vital for the vulnerable 

The vulnerability of our species means rehabilitation is a vital part of everyday life. From mental health therapists and addiction specialists to psychotherapists and probation officers who help former prisoners thrive, the rehabilitation industry cares for damaged humans who need more than immediate medical help.

The industry is always finding new ways to help those in need. A growing area is the field of technology addiction. Dr Richard Graham led the launch of the UK’s first technology addiction clinic for teenagers at London’s private Nightingale Hospital. “I have seen some of the saddest situations” he says. “young people can get so caught up in excessive gaming they miss exams, their friends stop inviting them to parties. There is a lack of trust. You can end up cut off from an environment which can sustain you. It is similar to using cannabis in your teens”.

The way technology is being used is changing says Dr Graham, “There is more of a de-stressing element”

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