Internet Addiction Disorder Treatment

Internet addiction can cover a wide variety of problems, from compulsions to use social networking sites, through to shopping, gambling and pornography. Online addiction has been brought sharply into public awareness over the last few years due to a number of concerning headlines. A recent study of over 1,300 young adults in Leeds suggested that just over 1% met criteria for internet addiction.

Treatment for internet addictions at Priory

Treatment for internet addiction at Priory is delivered via a number a methods including self-help groups, abstinence and counselling. For individuals who are unable to progress with either self-help or 1:1 therapy, there are also 12-Step rehabilitation programmes run by Priory.

Priory also offers a free initial assessment if you believe that you are suffering from symptoms of an online addiction.

What causes internet addiction disorder?

Addiction to the internet can be compared to other forms of addiction such as alcohol or drugs, in the sense that it can provide a type of escape or 'high' for some users. Those with other pre-existing addictions or mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety can be more predisposed to having an internet addiction.

What are the signs and symptoms of internet addiction?

Typical signs of internet addiction disorder are:

  • Spending a long time in front of a computer for reasons that are not work-related
  • Irritability or bad moods if access to the internet is blocked or limited
  • Pleasurable anticipation of internet use is common, although many internet addicts see their internet overuse as a form of stress management
  • Multiplayer role-play gamers may also see their usage as a form of social contact
  • As the addiction becomes more severe, internet usage becomes more important than most other activities and major social problems are likely to follow

Find out more about the signs and symptom of internet addiction.

Internet and online addiction disorder types

In the UK, the most frequent categories of internet addiction, based on those who seek help, are pornography and multiplayer role-play games.

Effects of internet abuse

The following effects will become apparent to a person who is suffering from an internet addiction:

  • Related depression, anxiety and mood swings
  • Social withdrawal and isolation, feelings of loneliness
  • Feelings of low self-esteem and fears of disapproval
  • Relationship and sexual problems
  • Employment or education issues that can lead to financial problems

Care and management for individuals affected by internet addiction

Once internet overuse reaches the point where it causes major problems, abstinence is the only solution. There are fellowships that are similar to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for those whose internet compulsion takes the form of gambling or pornography, which include Gamblers Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous. There are also self-help groups that deal with the more notoriously addictive role-play games, but no groups presently exist for internet addiction help.

Find out more information on the specific addiction therapies and tailored treatments that we offer at Priory.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Internet Addiction Disorder Treatment, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here