The brain processes technology addiction the same way it does alcohol or drug addiction. The new like or comment is a dopamine inducer that disrupts the brain’s natural chemical balance. The brain knows technology addiction is a drug and reacts in a manner that increases our risk of engaging in more harmful acts. Here is the science behind digital addiction.
How computer addiction affects the brain
Diminishes the white and grey matter
The brain needs a healthy balance of white and grey matter to function. Excess screen time reduces the fatty tissues on either section, affecting our decision-making, problem-solving skills, and concentration to interfere with standard signaling patterns.
Disrupts the sleep cycle
The screen emits UV rays that interfere with sleep hormones. The light reduces the production of melatonin ad makes the brain think it is daytime when it should be resting at night.
Neuroscience discovered that technology messes with our ability to remember important data or simple ones like phone numbers, names, and birthdays. This case is because apps and software have many complex operations that easily disrupt normal brain function.
Reduces impulse control
Research shows a strong link between online addictions and impulsivity. One study revealed consistent video games and gambling could cause aggression or irrational fear.
Steps technology addiction treatment programs
The detox lasts up to three weeks of the computer addiction treatment because it introduces you to other ways of spending time and living life. This stage is critical and needs supervision because you will experience withdrawals like loneliness, boredom, lethargy, and inadequate sleep, among many more.
Diagnosis precedes the detox because we must know what plagues your mind before planning the recovery. The criteria are to look at indicators of addiction, such as excess periods of gaming, irritability, and lying about your time usage. Most rehabs have advanced their diagnosis with tests, scales, and scales to explain your addiction. Our experts use every tool at our disposal to get an accurate analysis of your condition and determine the best treatment.
Remember that you do not have to exhibit all the physical and mental signs of addiction to be eligible for treatment. We will look at simple things like how you react to social media likes, play games on traffic, and other rare behaviors for accurate diagnosis.
The participant needs more social activities to replace the digital addiction. We reinforce the value of a healthy lifestyle with regular counseling and stress management tools. We structure the healing to last several years after you leave rehab so that you can realize fast positive results in your work, social activities, and school. Therapy programs that will support your mental and emotional wellbeing include:
Internet addiction is a relatively new concept because technology is new, and researchers spent some time studying different brain patterns to define addiction. We continue to keep up with these scientific developments to introduce as many healing tools as necessary. Get in touch with us for consultation regarding your treatment, a loved one, or an employee. Submit your insurance verification details online to initiate your treatment for technology addiction at Omega Recovery.
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.
In addition, Omega Recovery offers a full continuum of care. The following additional services are available to you:
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.