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Internet Addiction Treatment at Clarity Rehab in Chiang Mai, Thailand
When people realize they have process addictions, they need professional treatment to regain control of their lives. At Clarity we treat these addictions using group therapy, individual psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. In each of these therapy sessions, patients analyze the reasons behind their addictions, what triggers it and what helped them control it in the past. Our expert therapists work with every client individually to help them learn coping skills so they can manage the compulsions without relapsing.
What is Internet addiction?
Internet addiction is a broad term that describes several computer-based impulse control problems. Because the Internet is a valuable and nearly unavoidable tool, many people become internet addicts. Similar to substance abuse addicts, internet addicts develop compulsive, destructive habits that interfere with everyday life as well as psychological dependence and withdrawal symptoms when Internet usage is stopped or reduced.
Causes and Symptoms of Internet Addiction
Generally, Internet addicts suffer from co-occurring disorders—such as depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder—or multiple addictions. Others lack social support—they feel lonely and isolated, so they turn to the internet to find likeminded others.
Internet Addiction Treatment in Thailand
At Clarity we know all too well that internet addiction is a problem of compulsive stimulation, much like drug addiction. Because of this similarity, our rehab uses well studied evidenced based treatment procedures known to be useful for helping drug addicts towards recovery. These have been adapted by our psychologists for use with internet addicts when the need arises. The techniques we use are drawn from a popular school of therapy known as ‘cognitive-behavioral’ therapy.
Our internet addiction rehab will also help clients to identify ‘triggers’ that lead to episodes of uncontrolled internet use. Naive clients of any type typically believe that their indulgences “just happen” and that they played little or no role in an episode happening. A more realistic appraisal of a client’s true situation will often reveal that a particular unconscious set of events occurred involving ‘triggers’ that prompted the client to binge. Like a noun, a trigger is a “person, place or thing” that is a definable step in a chain of events that leads towards a relapse into addictive behaviour. To provide a fictitious but realistic example, a first trigger might be boredom or even a bad mood brought on by an argument. Clients often seek out their stimulation of choice in response to these triggers, most of the time without ever being all that aware of why they are acting as they do. At Clarity our skilled clinicians will discuss in detail episodes of indulgence with addicts so that they become conscious of their triggers and can choose to act in an alternative fashion when they next become vulnerable. They will also help clients to generate lists of safer, more functional alternative behaviours they can engage in when they realize they are in danger so that relapse does not occur.
Digital Detox Rehab
Please note that all clients accessing treatment for internet or gaming addictions are closely monitored and undergo a strict digital detoxification programme. During this period contact and communication is restricted and phone use is under strict supervision only. Use of the internet is prohibited as part of the treatment care plan for a period of 2 weeks minimum following admission.
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Why choose Clarity
Clarity offers an incredible healing experience for our clients and their families that is second to none. Our team is comprised of individuals with years of experience who are all here for one reason. To help you realise, achieve, and maintain permanent long term recovery.