Effective Treatment for Internet Addiction at The Cabin Dubai

Although access to the Internet can greatly increase productivity, and for many people is a quality of life benefit, excessive computer or online time can be counterproductive, isolating and harmful. The last 10 years has seen a huge increase in internet addiction and each day more people are causing themselves serious harm.

The most common types of internet addiction are:

  • Cybersex Addiction– compulsive use of internet pornography, adult chat rooms or adult fantasy role-playing sites, impacting negatively on real-life intimate relationships.
  • Cyber-Relationship Addiction– addiction to social networking, chat rooms, texting and messaging to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends.
  • Net Compulsions– such as compulsive online gaming, stock trading, or compulsive use of online auction sites such as eBay, often resulting in financial and job-related problems.
  • Information Overload– compulsive web surfing or database searching, leading to lower work productivity and less social interaction with family and friends.
  • On-line gaming– web-based games such as Call of Duty or Warcraft have become major distractions to both young and older people.
  • Computer Addiction– obsessive playing of offline computer games, such as Solitaire or Minesweeper, or obsessive computer programming.
  • Social Networking– Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have created a new and very real danger to the recent generation.

In the last four to five years, the availability and low cost of smartphones and Wi-Fi access has resulted in an even bigger explosion of internet-related addictions.  The impact on employee performance, student success and general safety and life satisfaction has been extreme.

While China, Korea and Taiwan have developed treatment for internet addiction, The Cabin Dubai is one of the first outpatient clinics in the region to offer a structured programme for this problem.

Our customised programme is based in cognitive behavioural therapy and is designed to accommodate clients’ needs and lifestyles, while challenging and modifying the behaviours, triggers and mechanics of their addiction to technology.  While it is not the goal for clients to never again use computers or the Internet, it is possible to adapt behaviour so that more desirable actions and limits are achievable.

Generally, internet addiction therapy can be completed on an outpatient basis in about 6 weeks by attending individual and/or group therapy sessions two to three times a week.

Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

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