Today’s technology devices ensure that we never have to spend a moment fully immersed in reality. There is always a screen to escape into. Treatment for tech addiction, goes far and beyond the use of screens and includes an unhealthy emotional connection to the internet.
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Signs of Tech Addiction
- Unable to control how much time they spend tech devices.
- Using technology immediately when waking up.
- Spending more time interfacing with technology rather than pursuing other activities and responsibilities.
- Engaging with technology as a way to avoid conflict.
- Regardless of consequences, you tell yourself, that your tech use is a “lifestyle” choice.
What is Tech Addiction?
Addiction to technology is a relatively new phenomenon, but it is one of the fastest growing addictions that we have ever seen. Technology Addiction is an umbrella term that includes addictive behavior towards video gaming, social media, texting, gambling, cybersex and online porn, eBay and other online auctioning or shopping platforms, as well the general overuse of smartphones.
The average person in the United States spends approximately 10 hours and 39 minutes on technology devices each day.
Tech Addiction Treatment at Omega Recovery
In the last 20 years, our society has radically shifted into the tech-immersed digital age. Technology can be a wonderful thing–and there have been many medical and scientific innovations that we can attribute to our high tech capabilities. But what happens to a human being who has become overly dependent on their tech? What happens to a person who has become tech addicted?
Typically we see higher rates of depression; more anxiety; more sleep disturbances; less friends; decreased real-life activities. We see a person trapped in a life that revolves around the habituation to their devices as their psychological state deteriorates and their interpersonal relationships evaporate. Many times a person who may already be struggling with underlying mental health issues may be more likely to escape into the warm seductive glow of their tech.
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 tech addiction treatment—it doesn’t address what’s driving the compulsive behavior and the need to escape into tech 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 tech 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 Tech 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 Tech Addiction?
When was the last time you checked your digital device or smartphone? Be honest. You’ve probably picked up your phone a few times while reading this page, purely out of habit. If you wanted to, could you shut off your phone and not use the internet for 24 hours? 72? A week? Oftentimes, the answer is no, and we understand why. Technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our school, work, and private lives. In this new, ultra-connected world, many of us feel we have to stay plugged in.
When someone relies on technology too much to where they become addicted to particular parts that make them feel good, it’s like what drugs do to the human body. People can also become tolerant of technology. It makes you want to use the computer more often or have the best type of technology out there.
The same could be true for someone who isn’t aware of the negative impact technology is having on their life. This addiction is so much harder to identify and to admit that you have a problem.
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