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The Addictions Academy Offers New Training Course: Nationally Certified Internet Addictions Coach (NCIAC)




Internet addictions

Internet Addictions Coach

Lost Online: When the Internet takes over your life it can be a serious problem, and even an addiction. Limited information is available to treat this type of addiction and more and more people spend more time online than in real life. Have you tried to pry a cell phone from a 15-year-old’s hands? How will they ever post that selfie on Facebook or check in at Starbucks?  Even 8-year-olds are addicted to gaming online and spend more time inside in front of a computer, phone, IPad or TV, than outside playing.

Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve the use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to online friends and activities they create on their computer screens. We saw this with the advent of Yahoo Messenger and now Facebook (originally MySpace) where an entire false reality can be created (including photos, job, etc) that is not real. Gamers that are enmeshed in the online video games also have this phenomena. We saw the game Grand Theft Auto played in real life in San Diego when gamers started throwing bricks off overpasses and shooting at moving cars.
Types of Internet addiction: social media (FB IG Snapchat, Twitter etc), porn, shopping (amazon prime), gaming,  streaming movies/tv, chatrooms, dark web etc.
Our Internet Addictions Coaching class will cover all facets of Internet Addiction and how the coaching process is imperative in behavior modification.
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