Symptoms & Treatment for Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is fast becoming an ever-growing problem in today’s society. With most individuals now having unlimited access to the Internet, this particular addiction can affect adults, teenagers and even children. It may seem harmless, as outwardly it has few consequences, but what about the individual who is addicted and their immediate family who lose the person to an online world of fantasy?

As with any addiction, Internet addiction is very harmful. The individual addicted loses a sense of perspective around the real and online world. They are at the mercy of a chronic and debilitating illness that manifests in compulsive behaviours involving the Internet. They come to lead a double life (their real life and their virtual life). The life they present online is usually very different from reality. Their mood is dictated by how many responses, likes, games they win, pictures they post, items they buy. Life becomes increasingly more unmanageable and their loved ones become increasingly more resentful. Any individual that lives like this will eventually end up in a whole world of pain. Being compelled to do something, when you are trying to stop, is about as painful as it can possibly get.

Understanding Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is not a lifestyle choice. Public Health England, along with numerous addiction professionals around the world agree, that addiction, in its varying forms, is a chronic relapsing brain disease. Because Internet addiction does not involve a substance, it is classified as a process addiction. This is where an individual becomes addicted to an activity or behaviour. Process addictions can be every bit as damaging as substance addictions. Someone with a severe Internet addiction is likely to become very depressed and anxious as they struggle more and more to interact with the real world in everyday life. This ultimately results in them isolating from family, friends and loved ones and can be very damaging to their personal relationships. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn take Internet addiction very seriously, we have witnessed first-hand the pain, suffering and misery this particular addiction can create. Internet addiction often leads to feelings of extreme loneliness and desperation; even to the point where they feel ending their life would be a better option than carrying on as they are.


If you are worried that you or a loved one may be suffering from an addiction to the Internet, it will be helpful to recognise the symptoms. There is a vast difference between spending a little too much time on-line to having a full-blown addiction. Addiction destroys the individual by creating a web of deceit and lies that impacts greatly on those they love the most. Ask yourself honestly the following questions. This will be helpful in determining if you have an addiction that requires professional treatment and help:

  • Do you spend substantial periods of your free time surfing the Internet, gaming or on social media?
  • Have you tried to limit your use, but find you cannot stick to your own boundaries?
  • Have others voiced concern over the amount of time you spend on the Internet?
  • Have you neglected responsibilities, missed appointments or lost quality time with your family as a result of the time you spend on the Internet?
  • Has the time you spend on the Internet or the activities you partake in on line affected your family, loved ones, finances, career, personal hygiene or health?
  • Do you try to hide the amount of time you spend on your laptop, computer, gaming device or phone from others?
  • Do you often feel guilty or ashamed for the interactions you have had and the time you spend on the Internet?
  • Do you use the Internet as a means to access another addiction such as gambling, social media, dating, porn or gaming?
  • Do you get frustrated with yourself and your unproductivity in the real world due to the time you spend online?
  • Do you lie and manipulate the truth online to present a different reality that you feel is more appealing to others?
  • Do you feel that social media is your only real source of human interaction and support?
  • Do you feel depressed, guilty, ashamed or anxious around your Internet use?
  • Do you feel unable to make any real connection with the outside world?
  • Do you feel restless, irritable and discontent when you are not online?
  • Do you find yourself frequently online when everyone else is sleeping?
  • Do you isolate and avoid social events as feel unable to cope, choosing instead to be online where you feel more comfortable?
  • Has your time on the Internet negatively impacted on your family, friends and loved ones?
  • Have you become emotionally unavailable to family and loved ones offline?
  • Do you feel you have a lack of purpose in life and fear a life without the Internet?
  • Does using the Internet give you the feelings of comfort and euphoria that you seek?
  • Are you unable to stop yourself from constantly logging into the Internet?
  • Have you tried to stop, but find you cannot?
  • Do you feel you let others down constantly in the real world?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, there is a strong possibility that you have an Internet addiction. That being the case, you may want to read on to find out exactly what we can offer to help you overcome it for good.

Oasis Internet Addiction Treatment Programme

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer a comprehensive rehabilitation programme for those suffering with an Internet based addiction. We take Internet addiction just as seriously as we would say an addiction to alcohol, drugs or to gambling. We believe there are no half measures when it comes to treating addiction and therefore offer a complete abstinence based recovery programme. The first step in recovery from Internet addiction is complete abstinence; this is likely to be a terrifying prospect, as someone suffering from an Internet addiction cannot imagine a life without it. We will ensure that each patient receives additional support whilst they experience the withdrawals from their addiction. Those that suffer from a co-occurring illness such as depression or anxiety disorder will receive additional treatment to treat the co-occurring illness at the same time.

Our clinical team are highly skilled and qualified; most have had their lives touched by addiction, so know first-hand of its effects. This places them in a unique position of understanding addiction and provides them with the personal experience of how they overcame addiction and the challenges that it presents. By admitting to our rehab clinic and undergoing an intensive therapy programme for Internet addiction, each patient will benefit from the following powerful and proven treatment therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Trauma Therapy
  • 12 step Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Fitness programme

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer a person centred approach to addiction treatment. Each patient receives a fully individualised treatment programme designed to meet their specific treatment needs physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. On admission, each patient is comprehensively assessed by our addictions specialist Doctor, who will prescribe any medication’s needed and make recommendations for ongoing treatment. Following this, a care plan and treatment plan will be devised by the individual’s allocated personal Counsellor. It is important that the patient is happy with their care plan and so their input will be taken into consideration.  Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer bespoke primary care programmes running for up to 12 weeks inpatient. We also offer Secondary care and Tertiary care to help and support the patient to reintegrate back into day-to-day living using the tools of recovery that we have shown them.

We are committed to our patients on-going recovery, therefore, all patients that complete a primary care treatment programme with us, will receive 12 months complimentary aftercare.

Let Us Help

If you or a loved one need help for an Internet addiction, call us or chat to us live now. We are committed to helping those that are suffering from addiction and will do all we can to help you to become free from Internet addiction permanently. We can provide you with the tools that will enable you to live a happy and free life in the real world as oppose to a virtual one.

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