Similar to other addictions, those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally. Similar to other addictions, those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally.
Internet addiction treatment is defined as dealing with any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. Internet addiction has been called Internet dependency and Internet compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life. Internet addicts make the Internet a priority more important than family, friends, and work.
Internet addiction treatment is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve use of an intoxicating drug per say, but it does involve a stimulant and is very similar to pathological gambling. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to on-line friends and activities they create on their computer screens. Others use the experience to detach from reality, this explains a lot in our business of drug addiction treatment. The need to escape reality is a big, constant issue, that we face all the time. Obsession and compulsion is the foundation of all addiction.
Porn addiction treatment
Similar to someone with a chemical or substance addiction, porn addicts tend to replace important relationships and commitments with their “drug” of choice: pornography. Non-Internet porn addicts can be found in places like strip clubs and adult bookstores, but it is unlikely that they have a strip club addiction or an adult bookstore addiction, but rather that they have consistent and compulsive sexual problems that manifest in different ways.
Some signs of porn addiction can include:
An inability to stop the behaviour and porn use despite previous attempts to do so.
Anger or irritability if asked to stop.
Hiding or attempting to keep secret all or a part of the porn use.
Living a double or secret life related to porn.
Continuing the behaviour despite obvious consequences, such as a relationship or job loss.
Getting lost in the problem porn use (i.e., spending more time than intended, losing time).