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Starting Internet addiction counseling

What is Internet addiction counseling?

Internet addiction counseling is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to address and alleviate problematic or compulsive internet usage. It offers individuals a structured and supportive setting to delve into the root causes of their excessive online behaviors, which may encompass activities like social media and gaming.

How does Internet addiction counseling work?

Internet addiction therapists at Thriveworks in Sandy Springs, GA collaborate with you to identify and alter thought patterns and behaviors that drive your dependence, often employing cognitive-behavioral techniques. The primary objective of this counseling is to assist you in regaining control over your internet use, establishing healthier online habits, and addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues, ultimately fostering a more balanced relationship with the digital world and enhancing overall well-being.

Is Internet addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks internet addiction counseling in Sandy Springs is conducted both in person and virtually through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Internet addiction counseling last?

The length of internet addiction counseling can differ depending on the person's particular requirements and the seriousness of their addiction. Typically, this form of counseling includes multiple sessions spanning from several weeks to several months. The precise number of sessions and overall therapy duration are determined through discussions with the counselor.

Need more help deciding?

Mike was not happy. He had been as his daughter’s soccer game, and he decided to catch up on some emails while he watched. No big deal, right? Not according to his daughter. Mike apparently missed her goal, and after the game, she was furious. She said he was always on his phone or his laptop. She said that he barely even noticed her anymore. “Not true,” Mike thought. He told himself that he was just doing his best at work. Getting online and staying on top of email was part of the job, Mike told himself. His wife suggested that he talk to somebody about it. Reluctantly, Mike scheduled an appointment with a therapist. When they sat down to talk, the therapist asked Mike to spend the next week noticing when and how much he was online. Throughout the week, Mike started to see what his daughter was saying. He would try to stay off the laptop for a whole evening, but before Mike knew it, he was online again. Mike is not the only one. His therapist explained that Internet addiction is a growing problem for many people.

“Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant but a bad master.” —Gretchen Rubin

High speed Internet, smartphones, unlimited data plans, tablets, laptops and more make the Internet easily accessible. Most people can be online wherever and whenever they want to be. Some people have no issues unplugging, but some people wrestle with how much time they spend online and what they do there. Internet addiction, in that respect, is very similar to other behavioral addictions like shopping or gambling. Like other addictions, compulsive Internet use can have severe consequences in an individual’s life. Also like other addictions, compulsive Internet use has effective treatments.

The therapists at Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs, GA offer treatment for Internet addiction, and more and more, our therapists, counselors, and psychologists are seeing clients who are struggling. More and more, we are also seeing people who receive the help they need to regain control over their online compulsions.

Losing Control Online

The idea that someone could become addicted to the Internet was first suggested in the mid-1990s—before the Internet had become a fixture in people’s lives and while people still had to dial-up to log-in. At first, the concept was thought of as a joke, but mental health professionals soon realized that Internet addiction could be a serious mental health challenge for people. By 1998, Dr. Kimberly S. Young had developed diagnostics for recognizing when people are using the Internet compulsively. The diagnostics share many characteristics with other types of addiction. When someone has at least five of the following, they may be addicted to the Internet:

  1. Escalation: compulsion can look like being online for longer and longer periods of time or taking more and more risks while online.
  2. Deception: addiction and lies are almost always linked. When an individual is deceiving their loved ones about what they do online or how long/when they are using the Internet, they may be addicted. These individuals may also be self-deceived at the negative effects of their Internet use.
  3. Obsession: experiencing a preoccupation with being online—day dreaming about it, thinking constantly and obsessively about it, et cetera.
  4. Lost Control: losing track of time when online—spending more time than planned. Losing track of where one is online—doing things one did not plan.
  5. Irritability: becoming depressed or moody when one cannot get online or becoming defensive when talking about one’s Internet use.
  6. Self-medicating: regulating one’s difficult emotions with the Internet—going online to manage sadness, frustration, disappointment, and more.
  7. Risk: jeopardizing one’s job, finances, relationships, and more in order to use the Internet.
  8. Failed Attempts to Quit: the inability to limit one’s Internet use—even when one desires to stop or curb use.

Internet Addiction’s Effects

Internet compulsions have both physical and emotional effects in an individual’s life. Recognizing the effects of an Internet addiction is important because it may lead to early treatment. When people are struggling with an Internet addiction, they may experience emotional effects like…

  • Mood swings
  • Boredom
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Dishonesty
  • Isolation
  • Feelings of elation when using the Internet
  • Defensiveness
  • Inability to keep to a schedule
  • Agitation
  • Procrastination
  • Avoidance of work
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Losing a sense of time
  • Anxiety

When people are struggling with an Internet addiction, they may experience physical effects like…

  • Neck pain
  • Poor nutrition (forgetting to eat or eating excessively)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dry eyes and other vision problems
  • Headaches
  • Poor personal hygiene (e.g., not brushing teeth, changing clothes, bathing, and more)
  • Backache
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss or gain

Reaching Out to Thriveworks Sandy Springs for Internet Addiction Help

When you read about Internet addiction, did anything stand out to you? If you are struggling to control how much you use the Internet or what you do online, then know that you are not alone. Others are struggling as well, and there are many resources available. If you are ready to reach out for help, reach out to Thriveworks Atlanta. We have therapists and psychologists who can help. We offer evening and weekend sessions. We also accept many different insurance plans. Let’s work together. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Sandy Springs therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

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My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
Read more My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
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My therapist Claudia is wonderful! I’m incredibly grateful for the tools that I have learned to use in my life.
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Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
Read more Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
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Ingrid is an exceptional social worker. She is understanding, compassionate, flexible and an excellent listener.
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I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
Read more I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
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I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
Read more I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
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Thriveworks Counseling Atlanta is located at 8800 Roswell Road a135, A-245, Atlanta, GA 30350, across from the North River Village Shopping Center.

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