Most people start gaming in childhood and grow up with a dependency on technology. The full-fledged addiction may have several different addictions that absorb your mind and make your existence a miserable endurance because you cannot pull yourself up. The never-ending cycle of anguish and dependency can quickly plunge into worse addictions if you do not seek treatment.
The cornerstone of all addictions is loss of control, withdrawals, and relapse. We want you to know everything about technology addictions and all the different types you may get into with your computer.
Common computer addiction types
Anyone will tell you there is a stark difference between the 90s and the current generation. Children no longer spend hours playing outside; instead, they stare at screens and only play when we take them to the playground. Part of what makes computer addiction so intense is that screens are more accessible than playgrounds, and children love the distraction of attractive GUIs and levels of accomplishment.
Adults continue this gaming addiction with more complex games and digital betting platforms. The false sense of socialization and winning propels you to worse addictions and groom you to constant withdrawals and relapses.
Social media addiction
Social media is addictive because we love the thrill of keeping up with our favorite influencers and getting into all kinds of conversations that are impossible in real life. The social media platform encourages your brain to release good feeling thoughts every time you see a like, comment, or new followers. The false sense of interactions keeps you hooked and isolated, which becomes a cycle because you resume social media when you do not have a social life.
Social media addiction quickly escalates into body dysmorphia because you want to feel and look the same as everyone else. It is better to seek treatment to grasp a healthier perception of the platform and a better self-image to transcend your life obstacles.
Gambling has the highest rates of suicidal rates because it risks other areas of our lives. You will use your money to bet your luck on uncontrollable systems, dismantle your current comfort levels, and risk loss of life, as you know it, because you cannot keep a job or family.
Online shopping is the compulsive disorder to fill your life with goods and services you probably do not need. It is a quick way for you to feel good, avoid negative emotions and boredom while portraying a false status to people who do not matter in your life.
Is there such a thing as work addiction? There is great admiration for dedicated career ethics, especially when it is healthy for your life in general. Work becomes a negative connotation when you use it to escape the chaos in your real life. Excessive work should not interfere with your social life, family dynamics, and emotional wellbeing; otherwise, it is an addiction sucking your life from you.
There are different treatment programs to treat each of the above addictions. Each individual is different, and we want you to get personalized consultation for yourself, a loved one, or an employee. Use the online insurance verification tool to get you started in the recovery journey.
Building on the pioneering work of Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Omega created cutting edge protocols combined with the best evidence-based modalities to meaningfully and effectively treat young people struggling with substance addiction, mental health and/or tech addiction issues.
Omega Recovery’s Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, explains in his book “Glow Kids” how modern-day technology is equally if not more dopaminergic(addictive) than drugs and alcohol. Considered a leading expert in digital addiction, he has clinically worked with 1,000 individuals and written about the subject for Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Solan, and FOX News, and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, the CBS Evening News, CNN, FOX & Friends, NPR, and in Esquire, New York magazine, and Vanity Fair.
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We understand that insurance coverage may be the deciding factor in what treatment options you can consider. If we are unable to work with your insurance we will promptly assist you with a referral to a quality program that does.