An addiction to screens can be more difficult to treat than one to drugs. Just like alcohol and drugs, screen time can become an addiction that can damage your mental health and relationships if its not treated. Screen use releases dopamine in the brain, which can negatively affect impulse control. Experts estimate around 10% of screen users meet the requirements for screen addiction treatment.
Screen Addiction Treatment
- Daily tasks are hampered by screen time.
- Screen time is the primary source of pleasure for you.
- In the home, screens are a major source of contention.
- You’re finding yourself spending an increasing amount of time online.
- You spend more time with virtual friends than you do with actual friends.
- Your work’s consistency has deteriorated.
What is Screen Addiction?
Screen Addiction is a set of behaviors and consequences that can occur when we use too much screen time during the day that can lead to the need for intensive treatment. Prolonged use of digital screens like watching tv, playing video games, scrolling through social media for extended periods of times serves like a digital drug for our brain
The amount of time you spend in front of a screen may have a negative impact on your mental and emotional health. Experts believe that increased screen time is linked to depression, as well as an increase in suicidal behavior and a decrease in one’s ability to read emotions in general.
Screen Addiction Treatment at Omega Recovery
More and more, we are living our lives in front of a screen.
Teens are on screens 11 hours a day…and a 2017 survey found that 25 percent of Millennials spend an average of five hours a day using their phone; a quarter of Millennials check their phones more than 100 times a day. And those stats are pre-Covid; during the pandemic screen time has doubled as depression rates have tripled.
In fact, there has been a significant amount of clinical research indicating that, in large part, our mental health crisis has been driven by the digital landscape and our 21st century lifestyles: Increased isolation; being more sedentary as we sit in front of a screen; a lack of meaningful connection in the social media age; a decreased sense of purpose and meaning in a post-industrial mechanized and de-humanizing digital world.
At Omega Recovery, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, one of the country’s foremost experts on treating tech 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 tech addiction, but to also address any and all underlying issues that may be contributing to the tech addiction.
So just pulling the plug on the devices doesn’t really count as screen addiction treatment—it doesn’t address what’s driving the compulsive behavior and the need to escape into screen addiction escapism.
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 screen addicted 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 counterfeit reality of their digital escapism.
Evidence-based modalities for Screen Addiction Treatment:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Peer Recovery Coaching
Outdoor Behavioral Health
Narrative Therapy and the “Hero’s Journey”
Yoga and Somatic Techniques
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Do You Suffer From a Screen Addiction?
Screen Addiction clinically looks like any other addiction, its characterized by a person’s continued engagement in a problem behavior –in this case screen usage- to the point where it starts to adversely affect their life. Their academic performance suffers, so do their interpersonal relationships. As the screen addiction worsens, their health and hygiene can deteriorate as well. We sometimes see people lying around or covering their screen time use. We see screen addicts who have their real-life experiences replaced by their digital ones, this could mean less baseball and more Minecraft.
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