Talking to a Loved One About His or Her Problem
Technological interests can become so mesmerizing that getting one's attention may be the initial challenge in talking with a friend or loved one about this problem. Don't be put off by a person's irritability at being pulled away from her addiction. The irritability and frustration over being interrupted is part of the disorder and exactly why a discussion is necessary.
Gently say to the addict that you believe a problem exists and it's important to talk. Reinforce this with reassurance that criticism or judgment is not the object of the conversation, but rather your concern over his deteriorating condition. The addict's emotional, psychological, spiritual, social, and physical health are the focus of the confrontation.
Remember that symptoms of withdrawal are real and uncomfortable. Offer to help the person through this time by making yourself available to engage in other fun and meaningful activities. Re-establishing connections with real-life people and developing satisfying relationships will be the best medicine in helping the addict overcome this problem.
Unmet emotional needs often lead a potential addict to pursue technology for the appearance of relational interaction. The most helpful intervention friends and family members can do is to engage in genuine and heartfelt experiences with the addict. If a mental health disorder with emotional problems is co-occurring with the technology addiction, encourage the addict to seek professional treatment.
If all else fails, a formal intervention process with friends and family involved may be necessary to help the addict begin to realize how much the addiction is affecting her life and the lives of those who care about her. Stating the facts of the effects of the addiction, not personal attacks, is the goal of an intervention. Interventions need to end with offers of help, support, and encouragement.