Phone Addiction Treatment

While a smartphone can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of this device can interfere with work, school, and relationships. You might consider phone addiction treatment when you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you cannot stop yourself from repeatedly checking your phone, even when it has negative consequences in your life.


Signs of Phone Addiction

  • Conscious use of phone in dangerous situation, like driving.
  • Excessive phone use that causes social and family conflicts and confrontations
  • A loss of interesting other activities outside of phone use.
  • Continuing to use phones despite the negative effects.
  • Excessive phone use causing noticeable psychical, mental, social, family or work disturbances.
  • Chronic impulsiveness to check your phone.
  • Needing to response immediately to social media or text messages

What is Phone Addiction?

Smartphone Addiction or Phone Addiction is a disorder involving compulsive overuse of the mobile devices, usually quantified by the number of times a user accesses their devices and/or the total amount of time they spent online over a specified period. Its rarely the phone or tablets itself that creates the addiction, but rather the games, apps and online worlds it connects us to.

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Nomophobia is the fear of being without a mobile phone or without access to a mobile phone. 

Phone Addiction Treatment at Omega Recovery

Do you have Nomophobia? That’s the irrational fear of being without your phone or being unable to use your phone because of a poor signal or low battery. While most people today have experienced some degree of Nomophobia, some have crossed the line to full-blown smart phone dependence or smart phone addiction. An increasing number of people have become addicted to the little dopamine reward we all get every time we check our phone. Others suffer from severe FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and feel compulsively driven to check their phones for calls, texts, tweets or messages–lest they miss out on some life-affirming  and identity-validating bit of phone-delivered info. 

At Omega Recovery, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, one of the country’s foremost experts on treating tech and smart phone addiction and the author of the best-selling book “Glow Kids”, has developed a comprehensive and immersive 8-week program designed to not only treat the phone addiction, but to also address any and all underlying issues that may be contributing to the addiction. Many smart phone addicts struggle with self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, substance use, low resilience, shame, trauma…oftentimes they struggle to find real purpose and meaning in their lives.

So just shutting off the phone for a while doesn’t really count as tech or smart phone addiction treatment—it doesn’t address what’s driving the compulsive behavior and the need to perpetually check your phone.

At Omega Recovery, Dr. Kardaras’s unique program does indeed address all those underlying issues. Yes, there is a digital detox period, but during that digital detox, the real work of self-discovery—and long-term recovery—occur. We meaningfully engage our tech and phone addiction clients and connect them to caring, well-trained masters-level therapists trained by Dr. Kardaras and certified by the NIDHW (National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness). Clients begin to do the underlying psychodynamic work so that they can build a stronger and more empowered sense of their own identity—without the constant impulsive need to check their phones.

Evidence-based modalities for Phone Addiction Treatment:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Peer Recovery Coaching 

Nature Immersion 

Outdoor Behavioral Health

Narrative Therapy and the “Hero’s Journey”

Mindfulness

Yoga and Somatic Techniques

Phone Addiction Help

In our Community Integrated Treatment Model, our Omega clients are engaged in living in the real world once again—and we make it fun as we help them to find their passion! Oftentimes, the smartphones are a substitute for a young person who feels bored, lost, depressed, adrift and lacking any real sense of purpose or direction. Omega Recovery helps them to find that meaningful sense of passion, purpose and direction in their lives. By living cooperatively in a treatment house in a vibrant community in the thriving city of Austin, we use all the social, nature-based, cultural, educational and economic opportunities available in an amazing city like Austin.
The recovering phone client gets the full clinical impact of an inpatient program in a much more comfortable, non-institutional alternative to traditional inpatient treatment. Dr. Kardaras has found that this type of treatment setting has better recovery outcomes as it is a more authentic and organic living and therapeutic environment, which translates into a smoother transition post-treatment.
Towards the end of treatment, the client works with their therapist to slowly begin to reintegrate mindful tech usage back into their lives. We help create a “digital re-entry” plan so that our clients and their families have a clear road-map of the transition back to our highly technological world. The recovered tech client needs to know how to balance healthy tech usage back into their lives as they look to get back into school, get a job or pursue any other passion that they may have. We assist our clients in post-treatment transition planning that includes aftercare, case management, peer coaching, job placement, recovery housing and much more.

Do You Suffer From a Phone Addiction?

There is a similarity between behavioral addictions and phone addictions: the triggering of a chemical in the brain that reinforces the addiction. Your brain contains several pathways that transmit a feel-good chemical called dopamine when you are in rewarding situation. For many people, they get a dopamine release from social interactions.  Because so many people use their phones as tools for social interaction, they become accustomed to constantly checking them for that hit of dopamine that is released when they connect with others on social media or other apps. Programmers for these apps are counting on that drive to keep you checking your phone. Some apps even withhold and release social reinforcements, such as “comments” and “likes” so we receive them in an unpredictable pattern. When the phone user can predict the pattern, they check their phones more often. This cycle can lead to a tipping point; when your phone ceases to be something you enjoy and becomes something you are virtually compelled to use.

Contact Us for Phone Addiction Treatment

My Tech Addiction is Ruining My Life–or My Child’s Life—What can I do?
While hundreds of phone addiction treatment programs exist throughout Asia, treatment options in the U.S had been almost non-existent.
But now that’s changed. Omega Recovery offers the best, evidence-based, most immersive and transformative phone addiction treatment program for young adults in the United States.

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