4 Dimensions of A Comprehensive Intervention For Internet Addiction

Intervention for Internet Addiction
(Last Updated On: February 25, 2016)

Internet and computer addiction can have a considerable crippling effect on ones course of life. Hence this problem should be immediately addressed once its existence has been recognized. The affected person should have the insight that he or she has this problem, they should not be left alone in a state of denial. First of all the affected person himself should make appropriate changes in his lifestyle and habits. Getting rid of this addiction at one’s own is not possible especially if the affected person has to work on computer by default, for example purely for professional purpose, hence always seek help from friends and family and also professional help wherever required. Following are the 4 dimensions of a comprehensive intervention for internet addiction.

1. Help Yourself:

Once you have recognized that you have this problem then you should take following simple steps to break this habit.

I. Identify The Root Cause:

As it has already been pointed out that the affected person should not only recognize the problem him/herself but also any underlying habits that are contributing towards development and strengthening of this habit. The most prominent of the underlying causes could include stress, depression and/or anxiety. Drugs and alcohol problems act not only as independent contributors towards the development of this addiction but also as a deadly combination when coexisting along with other veiled problems such as depression.

Once the root cause/causes have been identified, these should be addressed accordingly, in the form of rehabilitation or group therapy.

II. Learn to Handle The Life:

Internet addicts deal with anger and stress by venting out their feelings on the internet and with an online emotional outburst.

Another problem with these people is lack of interpersonal skills resulting in no real life relationships and friends. Hence their only option to interact with other people remains internet.

To over come these problems one should develop his or her coping and interpersonal skills.

III. Develop Social Support:

Make real life friends and spend dedicated quality time with them. Find people with common interests and interact with them, such as in sports club, book reading sessions or going out for meals. These people preferably should be having same interests and thinking as yours so that striking a conversation doesn’t remain a problem.

IV. Keep The Record:

Keep the written record of all the online activity such as login time, logout time and total duration of internet use. Also record all the online activities other than essential/ professional activities. Note the times of the day or night during which you lose impulse control over internet use. Also count that how many times a day your internet activity expanded considerably when you intended to stay online only for few minutes but it ended up spanned across hours.

Once this log is available then appropriate modifications can be made in the form of getting busy in other activities or going out at a time when the affected person is most vulnerable to make compulsive internet use. Keeping the record of all the activities that you do online will help you decide, which activities interest you the most. Then you can reduce your online time considerably by keeping only those activities that interest you the most while discarding the rest of the activities.

V. Set The Limit:

Designate the timings and duration for internet use and never exceed these limits whatsoever. You can also make a resolution to switch off computer and other computer like devices at a particular time at night and not to exceed that limit under any circumstances.

In another form of this intervention you can resort to non-computer activities such as doing homework, making an assignment and/or doing your laundry. You can pledge yourself a certain amount of online activity as a reward on completion of these non-computer activities.

You can also change the time. If you use internet in the evening then switch its use to mornings while staying away from it in the evening.

VI. Switch The Activities:

If you are lonely, stressed, anxious or depressed then it is almost impossible to resist urge to use internet. In this scenario the most appropriate action is to indulge oneself in any other activities, such as going out, inviting a friend, playing some sport or reading a book.

Stay in the real world, go for a class, poetry sessions, visit a museum or watch a game in the field. Do anything real that will keep you away from the internet.

Make friends with the people who usually don’t use internet in daily life.

VII. Stay Focused:

Always stay focused while using internet. You should be very clear what is it that you are looking for online, information or entertainment, and limit yourself to your goal. Once you have your goal in mind when you go online and limit yourself to the goal then your online time will be reduced considerably.


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2. Role of Friends and Family:

People around the sufferer are a very good source of intervention to control this addiction. Following are the tips for friends and family of these people about how they can be of help.

I. Set A Good Personal Example:

It is a well known fact, “don’t preach what you don’t practice”. Hence it is imperative to set a good personal example. All the friends and family who are a good role model as computer and internet users and manage their time judiciously should stay in contact with the affected persons.

II. Drag Him Out Of The Pit:

Friends and family should introduce the affected person to the non-internet users and encourage the development of friendship/relationship between them. Not only non-internet user friends can help but non-internet activities can also work wonders for these addicts hence friends and family should keep these affected people with them for all their real life activities.

III. Interact With Them:

You must discuss your apprehensions regarding their internet use with them. In return if they think they have a problem and want to improve on it then do support and encourage the change. Once they have developed the insight about the problem then you must encourage them to seek professional help. People at times can be reluctant to go for professional help despite acknowledging that there is a problem, because of the stigma attached to it.


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