Obsession: The next view, click, or download
Compulsion: Playing video games, checking social media, watching You Tube, Porn, sending emails, surfing the web
Video game playing, social media obsession, porn, smartphone usage…these are now acknowledged as more than just obsessions, but, in some cases, they can be debilitating addictions and clinical disorders that have ruined peoples lives. A whole generation of “Failure to Launch” Millenials have seen their schooling, job prospects and/or interpersonal relationships suffer–or even destroyed–as a result of their screen or technology addiction.
Now there is a dedicated specialized program at Maui Recovery to effectively treat this issue.
Dr. Kardaras, our Co-CEO and Chief Clinical Officer, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on digital addiction (social media, video games, smart phones, etc.) and its treatment. He is the author of “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of digital/technology addiction and, over the past 10 years, he has clinically worked with hundreds of young people struggling with this issue. And now he has bought his years of expertise and developed the best evidence-based treatmnet protocols at Maui Recovery to address and treat the addiction of this millenium: technology addiction.
So many young people are struggling with this issue, yet there are so few treatmnet options. While countries like South Korea have over 400 Tech Addictions rehabs, here in the United States there are extremely limited options for meaningful treatmnet options for Tech Addiction.
With social media so prevalent today, many sufferers struggle to differentiate the online world from the real world. The Internet offers an escape from the pain, stress, and loneliness in their lives. It’s a place that provides comfort and entertainment. Going offline is unthinkable. At Maui Recovery, we strive to help clients heal. By focusing on the sources of the anxiety and unhappiness, we’re able to teach them that they can walk away from bad habits. They don’t need the addictive glow of the screen to feel whole.