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

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
 

As someone who worked in technology for decades prior to being a therapist, I have a keen understanding of too much Internet use and the problems it can create. I have both professional and personal experience helping my clients to use technology in a way that is helpful and aligned with one's values

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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
 

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

Internet use and over use are misunderstood. Behaviors of two people using the internet throughout the day may seem similar, but have different purposes. The first may be using it to promote health, wellness, and productivity for themselves or others, while the other is compelled to use it due to their negative emotions. The why is overlooked or mischaracterized, but I take a deep look into the purpose internet use plays in the person's life.

— Joshua Garth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
 

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

In an age where technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives, it is also leading to behavioral, social, and emotional issues. Services are designed to develop a technology routine that is best for your child and yoiur family. They are also aimed at addressing related behavioral issues.

— Brian Goldberg, Clinical Psychologist in Commack, NY
 

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

As someone who worked in technology for decades prior to being a therapist, I have a keen understanding of too much Internet use and the problems it can create. I have both professional and personal experience helping my clients to use technology in a way that is helpful and aligned with one's values

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
 

Internet use and over use are misunderstood. Behaviors of two people using the internet throughout the day may seem similar, but have different purposes. The first may be using it to promote health, wellness, and productivity for themselves or others, while the other is compelled to use it due to their negative emotions. The why is overlooked or mischaracterized, but I take a deep look into the purpose internet use plays in the person's life.

— Joshua Garth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA

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
 

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