Thinking of technology as a possible addiction is a new approach in the field of addiction treatment. Gambling, pornography, and spending have been researched and have gained credibility as potentially addictive behaviors.
Many times when someone wonders if she has a technology addiction, there is a fear of not being taken seriously or even being made the butt of a joke. This could be the first hurdle to jump over in seeking help. As with other addictions, support groups have developed around technology addictions. A few of these groups include Internet Addicts Anonymous, Gaming Addiction, and Internet Addicts Recovery Club. Technology doesn't have to take over a person's life. Recovery is possible and a person can regain control.
Are there treatment programs specifically for technology addictions?
Yes, specialized programs targeting technology addictions do exist, but at this time, they are few in number. To locate a program, ask a mental health professional for help. One thing to remember is that since technology addiction is not yet a recognized mental health disorder diagnosis, it is unlikely that insurance will pay for this type of treatment.