Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is defined by the inability to curb or stop going on the internet, in spite of the damage it causes. Similar to substance abuse, the internet can stimulate the reward center of the brain, leading to addiction. If you find yourself always thinking about internet and have trouble filling personal and professional obligations because of your online activities, you may have an internet addiction. Or, perhaps your use of the internet is causing a strain on your relationships with family and friends? A therapist trained in internet addiction will strive to learn more about your habits to understand the patterns that trigger an episode. They will work to help you identify unhealthy or irrational beliefs that may be contributing to this behavior, and teach you tools to replace the internet with healthy behaviors. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s internet addiction specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Advanced certification in Sex Addiction

— Nicole Shields, Clinical Social Worker in Lubbock, TX
 

Advanced certification in Sex Addiction

— Nicole Shields, Clinical Social Worker in Lubbock, TX

In the U.S. 18% of porn users become addicted, while 7% of video gamers, and 3% of online gamblers become addicted. Online addictions are a disease of the brain’s reward system that can be just as destructive as drugs or alcohol. The convenience, immediate gratification, visuals, sounds, access, and wins provided by Internet 24/7 make this a challenging addiction. Our #InternetProofRecovery program uses specialized tools and exercises to counter this unique addiction.

— Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Balancing the social and neurological rewards we get from gaming comes at the price of our relationships, finances, and careers goals.  This prevents us from addressing our heavy "to-do" list,  engaging in difficult conversations with our partner, or filling out that job application we told ourselves we'd do a month ago.  The suppression of negative/difficult emotions such as shame, fear, anger, sadness, and hopelessness compounds over time, leaving gamers in a deeper hole to crawl out of.

— Monet Goldman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA

I am experinced treating internet and gaming addiction and cybersex/pornography addiction for teens and adults and provide free presentations to parent, school and religious organizations to educate the public about this epidemic, and how it is changing our brains.

— Michelle Holleman, Addictions Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

In the U.S. 18% of porn users become addicted, while 7% of video gamers, and 3% of online gamblers become addicted. Online addictions are a disease of the brain’s reward system that can be just as destructive as drugs or alcohol. The convenience, immediate gratification, visuals, sounds, access, and wins provided by Internet 24/7 make this a challenging addiction. Our #InternetProofRecovery program uses specialized tools and exercises to counter this unique addiction.

— Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL

In the U.S. 18% of porn users become addicted, while 7% of video gamers, and 3% of online gamblers become addicted. Online addictions are a disease of the brain’s reward system that can be just as destructive as drugs or alcohol. The convenience, immediate gratification, visuals, sounds, access, and wins provided by Internet 24/7 make this a challenging addiction. Our #InternetProofRecovery program uses specialized tools and exercises to counter this unique addiction.

— Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Anxiety. It’s like the monster that never sleeps. And because of it, you’re probably having some trouble in that department too. How many days do you wake up feeling more tired than the day before? It’s like you’re spinning your wheels trying to get caught up on a never-ending to-do list. And yet somehow, it feels like it’s never enough. And it tells you that you’re not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling a little nervous and totally helpless. I’m talking about that crippling, panic-attack-inducing anxiety that leaves you completely wiped out when it’s over. Feeling a little worried over a big event is very different from feeling completely terrified of every event. The good thing is, there’s hope. You don’t have to keep feeling like your life has no worth and value.

— Dr. Zakk Gammon, Therapist in Owensboro, KY

I specialize in digital addictions, notably video game addiction. I have been a active member and player in the video game community for 28 years. I understand the joy and anguish video games can cause depending on how they are being used.

— David Klemm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington Heights, IL
 

There’s been much confusion over the term sex addiction. Just because someone engages in a fetish or enjoys porn does not mean that he or she is a sex addict. So, what is a sex addiction? All addictions (not just sex addiction) include these three criteria: Intense obsession with the substance/behavior, inability to quit, and negative consequences from the substance/behavior. If you want to watch porn or enjoy sex, that’s your business. If you cannot stop but want to, I can help.

— Tim Martin, Psychotherapist in Miami, FL

Anxiety. It’s like the monster that never sleeps. And because of it, you’re probably having some trouble in that department too. How many days do you wake up feeling more tired than the day before? It’s like you’re spinning your wheels trying to get caught up on a never-ending to-do list. And yet somehow, it feels like it’s never enough. And it tells you that you’re not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling a little nervous and totally helpless. I’m talking about that crippling, panic-attack-inducing anxiety that leaves you completely wiped out when it’s over. Feeling a little worried over a big event is very different from feeling completely terrified of every event. The good thing is, there’s hope. You don’t have to keep feeling like your life has no worth and value.

— Dr. Zakk Gammon, Therapist in Owensboro, KY
 

Addiction is defined as "The state of being being given up to some habit or compulsion." Smartphones and the internet are tailored toward keeping your personal interests active. We are in "wild, wild, west" territory here, but while we are in it, we don't have to be of it. There are tools and methods to help regulate this new world. I am in it, of it, and have learned how to help others healthfully modify and recognize and take on compulsive behaviors.

— Darrell "Sandy" Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Kendra is certified in Digital Health and Wellness through the National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW) and has received specialized training in diagnosing and treating technology addiction in children and adolescents.

— Kendra Foisie Rice, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate