Internet addiction rehabilitation
Internet addiction is characterised by individuals spending time online in an excessive and compulsive manner, whether they’re socialising with other people on social networking sites, shopping online, gambling, gaming, using pornography or engaging in any other internet-based activities. Whilst using the internet can be an entirely normal, harmless pastime, it is when your internet usage becomes out of control or is having a detrimental impact on your quality of life, that this could indicate that a destructive addiction is present.
At Manor Clinic, we understand that compulsive internet use often goes hand-in-hand with substance misuse problems. As such, we are able to provide high quality treatment for internet addiction when this co-occurs alongside a primary drug or alcohol addiction, meaning that both the substance and behavioural addiction can be treated in tandem.
Negative consequences associated with internet addiction
Internet addiction can result in a wide range of negative consequences, having a disruptive impact on multiple areas of your life. It can cause problems personally, socially and professionally, including relationships difficulties, low self-esteem and issues at work. In addition, as the amount of time that you spend online gradually increases and becomes excessive, this can lead to you becoming isolated and lonely as you have less face-to-face interaction with your friends and family and very little contact with the real world. Internet addiction can also result in financial problems if the activities that you are engaging with online are related to spending money e.g. shopping and gambling.
Ultimately, for some people, the time they spend online, immersed in a virtual world, can become more important than other aspects of their lives, including spending time with their friends and family. If you find that your internet use has become compulsive, you experience anxiety and irritability when you are unable to gain access to the internet, and your time online is beginning to have a detrimental impact on your relationships with others and your general wellbeing, this may indicate that you have developed a harmful internet addiction.
Treatment for internet addiction at Manor Clinic
Internet addiction can be difficult to cope with but it’s important to understand that it’s entirely treatable; the most crucial first step is to seek help. Our specialist addiction treatment team at Manor Clinic are able to deliver evidence-based and recovery-focused treatment for your internet addiction when this co-exists alongside a substance addiction. We are dedicated to helping you every step of the way towards addressing your internet addiction symptoms, improving your self-esteem, and taking steps towards a healthier and more fulfilling way of life.
At Manor Clinic, we understand that seeking support for your internet addiction can be daunting. That’s why we provide a free, no obligation addiction assessment to all prospective patients. This initial assessment takes place with a member of our highly experienced team, allows you to discuss your individual challenges and concerns in confidence, and enables you to develop an understanding of the internet addiction rehab journey, all within a highly supportive, compassionate and non-judgemental environment.
We employ a wide array of therapeutic techniques at Manor Clinic, all of which have been found to be highly effective in treating all forms of addiction. Our comprehensive programme of group therapy will empower you to identify the underlying triggers and causes for your compulsive internet use, before equipping you with healthy coping mechanisms for the future.
Furthermore, our beautiful centre, complete with private en-suite bedrooms, comfortable and welcoming living areas and stunning grounds, really does provide the perfect setting in which you can relax and focus on your recovery.
Seek help for your internet addiction today
Without expert, timely treatment, internet addiction can become increasingly worse over time and continue to have a destructive impact on all areas of your life, including your relationships with others, performance at work, and your general wellbeing. In addition, the longer you spend online, the more likely you are to develop other compulsive behaviours, particularly those that can be accessed online such as shopping, gambling and gaming. It could also lead you to fall into the trap of misusing substances such as alcohol and drugs.
How is internet addiction treated at Manor Clinic?
At Manor Clinic, internet addiction is treated as part of our intensive 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme alongside a primary substance addiction diagnosis. You will stay at our centre on a residential basis for the duration of this time and undergo expert treatment and therapy for both your substance addiction and your compulsive online behaviours.
28 days is the recommended minimum treatment time for addictions and patients are encouraged to stay with us for longer than 28 days if this is deemed as being beneficial for their wellbeing and long-term recovery.
However, it’s also possible for us to offer other treatment lengths, if appropriate. These include:
- 14-day treatment programme
- 21-day treatment programme
For more information on what each of our residential treatment programmes entails, please visit our residential treatment page.
Our specialist internet Addiction Treatment Programme at Manor Clinic is based on the widely used 12-Step addiction treatment approach. This is an abstinence-based model, which provides a set of guiding principles for the addiction rehab and recovery journey.
Our leading 28-day internet Addiction Treatment Programme consists of:
- Free, no obligation addiction assessment - book your appointment today
- Medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for your alcohol or drug addiction, which co-occurs alongside your internet addiction
- A digital detox – all devices that have access to the internet will be removed
- Structured group therapy programme
- A high quality family programme
- Access to 12-Step support groups
- Free aftercare for life following treatment
- Free family support for life following treatment
For more information on the internet addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic, as well as the type of therapy that is involved, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in November 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in November 2021.