Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), has not been formally recognized by the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). However, it is a social issue which is debated worldwide due to the alarming prevalence rates.
As with other forms of addiction, internet addiction is associated with a release of dopamine in the brain. This is a “feel good” neurotransmitter active in the reward centres of the brain. As a result, the use of the internet takes precedence over normal day-to-day activities, impacting relationships, work, school, etc.
Signs and Symptoms
> On-line longer than intended
> Repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop
> Use of internet for longer periods of time to achieve satisfaction
> Preoccupation with the internet (thoughts of previous experience or anticipation of next on-line session)
> Feelings of irritability or moodiness when trying to cut down on internet use
> Risked loss of relationships, employment, career or educational opportunities
> Concealing the extent of involvement with the internet
> Using the internet to escape uncomfortable problems or situations
Methods of Use
> Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective.
> Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner.
> Medications – Studies suggest that some medication may be effective for the treatment of gambling addiction. Speak to a psychiatrist specialised in addiction treatment for an evaluation and recommendations.
> Treatment programs – Many in-treatment and outpatient programs can assist with a gambling disorder.
Why choose PRC Recovery?
We are a registered treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.
Key focus areas for an effective program:
> Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is vital.
> Individualised approach – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.
> 12 step program – Twelve step programs have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.
> Aftercare – Stopping the addiction is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A well thought-out aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.