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Technology and the internet have become an integral part of everyday life and are finding their way into more and more daily habits. Most behavioral health and addiction specialists agree that young adults are spending close to 6 hours a day on either a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Internet technology utilizes user-experience guidelines that make it easy to find the information, content, or entertainment desired within seconds. While these practices are helpful from a convenience standpoint, they can have unintended consequences in three ways:
Each time that a smartphone, tablet, or computer provides particular information, there is a small dose of dopamine delivered to the brain. Over time, the brain can become accustomed to these dopamine drips that internet and technology use provides. Individuals will find themselves feeling bored, uninterested, or unmotivated to do anything that doesn’t involve their screen device. This is a similar set of circumstances with other addictions, such as gambling, food, drugs and alcohol.
The faster a person clicks on something they like or want online and the quicker it shows up on their screen the more potent and powerful that addiction response becomes.
In this way, internet and technology function similar to a slot machine where someone never knows what they are going to get, when they are going to get it, and how desirable the content will be for them. That variability makes the internet experience potentially more addictive in that the rewards (small elevations of dopamine) are unpredictable and changeable.
The brain does not care what activity, behavior, or substance is delivering the dose of dopamine, it just knows that it is desirable. People don’t actually become addicted to technology, but rather the feelings or fulfillment that it provides on a neurobiological level.
Lifeskills focuses our program around retraining the brain to redevelop getting fulfillment out of new real-time activities instead of just from the internet and technology. With help, participants learn to use technology in a healthier and balanced manner to reengage in their daily lives.
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About Process Addiction Disorders
Process Addiction Disorders are extreme or compulsive forms of a behavior that the individual is unable or is unwilling to stop despite the legal, financial, family, or other consequences.
Activities that fall into process addiction are ones that people engage in every day, such as shopping, gambling, exercise, eating, or sex. These non-substance related activities are ones that, unlike the general public, they struggle with the mental or physical health issues that arise as a consequence of their inability to stop without treatment.
Lifeskills South Florida’s clinical team is highly trained in process addiction treatment and creates a customized plan for each individual depending on their needs and willingness to engage in treatment.