Doctor Oz spoke about the secret life of people with addictions. Do Internet Addictions really exist or is it just a convenient cover-up? Could you be living with an Internet Addict? From Tiger Woods to David Duchovny, we know many famous celebrities who claim they have an addiction of some sort, but did you know that 1 in 20 Americans have addictions (if not more!)? Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of Cracked: Life on the Edge in a Rehab Clinic, says that addictions are a biological disorder. Addiction is defined by consequences. An addict will find his or her behavior uncontrollable and denial is another big sign. Childhood trauma can cause Internet Addictions. Childhood trauma includes child abuse and a feeling of boundarylessness (like a child feeling responsible for their parent’s feelings or a child feeling exploited by parents).
Wayne, an addict, and his wife Kathy were on Dr. Oz’s show. Kathy says that women stay in their relationship with an addict because they love the person they are with and want to keep their family together. Wayne was always distant and secretive from Cathy. For Wayne’s wife, Kathy, the pain was so overwhelming that she could not get angry at him at first, but then when she got angry, it took a lot to get over her anger at his addiction. As with any addiction, it takes a consequence (the law, family, employer, etc.) to get caught and then to get a treatment. Addicts can get counseling or therapy, and they are often given disclose sessions where they tell all of the truth to their partner while taking a polygraph test or lie detector test. Women can also be addicts, even Internet Addicts!
5 Internet Addict Warning Signs
1. Difficulty Dealing with Emotions
Internet Addicts tend to replace human connections with the Internet. Online Addicts need their computer in order to feel better and to help regulate their emotions. Addiction usually makes a person feel disconnected from people.
2. Always Online
Internet Addicts may seem to be online always. Any time of day or night, you are likely to see them in front of the computer. They may make up excuses (like that it is just work), but in reality, they could just be browsing the web,
3. Excessive Time in Online Chat Rooms
Internet Addicts often spend lots of time online and visiting chat rooms. You can easily see if someone in your house is looking at these chat room websites by looking at your web browsers history by pressing the CTRL button (control button) and the “H” button at the same time… or you can click on the down arrow in the address bar of your web browser.
4. Mood Swings
Internet Addiction, like many forms of addiction, can often makes a person have major mood swings.
5. Inability to Socialize Well
Internet Addicts have difficulty socializing and will often surround themselves with strange people and have trouble connecting emotionally with other people.
You are trying to help a person, so there is no wrong time, if you feel a person might have an Internet Addiction, talk to them about it now!