How do you escape a problem when the culprit is everywhere, literally everywhere? In our hands, our cars, pockets and backpacks, in our refrigerators, restaurants, there’s no turning the corner where its influence cannot and will not find you. The Internet has you.
It has only been a few years since the Internet was a luxury and option only enjoyed at a select few locations, often reserved for the comforts of one’s home or the occasional internet cafe. Now, we can quite literally walk, run or drive and it’s with us or, sometimes, follows us. An entire generation of teens are growing up and maturing with the routine and mentality that the Internet is, and has always been, at their beck and call. They’ve grown with it, and has been a staple they’ve come to know. So how does one go about breaking away from the grips of a distracting stimulus? You disconnect from it.
The Signs and Symptoms of Internet Addiction
Before any action can be taken for Internet addiction, the individual suffering must exhibit the signs of an addictive personality. Individuals suffering from Internet addiction tend to exhibit the following traits:
- Decreased productivity
- Less socialization
- Using the Internet as an emotional outlet
- Losing track of time
- Being defensive about Internet use
- Inability to stop
- Eye strain, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, poor nutrition, or trouble sleeping
- Using the Internet for inappropriate activities
If your teen or young adult is found to be addicted to the Internet, one of the most positive solutions is a wilderness therapy program. Since the Internet is readily and, almost, always available to everyone, the most common solution of disconnecting can often be the most problematic. Where do you go where the Internet cannot reach or is carefully monitored?
At the Pacific Quest wilderness therapy program the means of fostering the addictive Internet behavior is removed and replaced with activities, experiences and organic gardening that offer teens a better and, sometimes, more honest view of life. Through individual or group therapy sessions, teens or young adults work with our clinicians to discover why they allow themselves to focus on such addictive behavior. Without computers, televisions, video games, and other distractions they are left with an open environment for them to focus on their lives, mistakes, relationships at home and begin to foster new interests they may never have known of with a screen in front of them.
Without the technological distractions, the teens and young adults attending may finally have a one-on-one experience with nature. Something they never would have known or had available to them being locked in their bedrooms staring at a screen of some kind.
With such a back to basics approach as a wilderness therapy program can offer, teens are released from their destructive constraints and realize that there is more to life than a posted tweet or a high score on a video game.