Screen-Time Addiction/Virtual Addictions

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Screen-Time Addiction/Virtual Addictions

Technology has become an essential part of our world and it’s easy to see the benefits. However, technology has evolved faster than we have, and this has caused some unintended, often overlooked consequences.

There is much discourse surrounding drink, drug and gambling addiction, but, with the recent surge in technological advancements, there’s been a surge in new kinds of addiction too. Being virtually addicted means being addicted to something virtual or something with a screen; for example, video games, TV, computers, pornography, and phones. Although these may seem inconsequential, they are just as damaging as addictions that may seem more serious, and so require the same level of sensitivity when addressing them.

Just like substance addiction, virtual addictions can have serious consequences. A phone addiction can lead to using a phone whilst driving, a decision that can cost the lives of many. It can also lead to neglecting family, friends and other responsibilities. It can even lead to a decreased ability to develop relationships in the real world.

At You and Me Forever, we never try to pressure anyone into seeking therapy, so, if we are asked to help a family intervene with a loved one, we will do it in the least confrontational way possible.

Although addiction therapy can be started at any stage, we promote seeking out counseling at as early a stage as possible. As addiction is treatable, we want to address it as early as possible in order to reduce the chances of any irreversible effects.

Virtual addiction, just like any other addiction, affects a bigger group of people than just the one who is addicted. We will often support our individual sessions with group ones, to address how the addiction has affected everyone. It may mean attending marriage or family counseling because addictions always put a strain on relationships. After the issue has been worked through individually, group sessions will be able to address how it has affected each other. With our trained counselors supporting the whole family – strengthening and reforming bonds that may have been damaged by the addiction – your family can grow and become stronger through the process of recovery.