In Response to Recent Smartphone and Internet Addiction Concerns, Apple Offers Apps While The Addictions Academy Provides Valuable and Needed Real-World Training
Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach and Founder of The Addictions Academy is again offering the Nationally Certified Internet Addictions Coaching (NCFRC) Course to help train Sober and Recovery Coaches enhanced methods to help individuals struggling with digital, internet, and gaming addiction.
Explaining the need for this course, Estes said, “Have you tried to pry a cell phone from a teenager’s hands? How will they ever post that selfie on social media? Even sixth graders are addicted to gaming and online apps, spending more time inside in front of a phone or screen 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 or sex addiction. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to online friends and activities they create on their computer screens.
The Nationally Certified Internet Addictions Coaching Course covers all facets of Internet Addiction and how the coaching process is imperative in behavior modification. Types of Internet Addiction now recognized by many experts include obsessions with social media, porn, shopping, gaming, streaming movies/tv, chatrooms, and what’s known as the dark web.
“Social media is creating social disruption, where an entirely false reality can be created, including photos and jobs, a life that is not real,” Dr. Estes explained.
The Guardian recently reported about a recent study. Apparently, Deloitte surveyed 4,150 British adults in 2017 about their mobile habits, 38% said they thought they were using their smartphone too much. Among 16- to 24-year-olds, that rose to more than half. Habits such as checking apps in the hour before we go to sleep (79% of us do this, according to the study) or within 15 minutes of waking up (55%) may be taking their toll on our mental health.
Apps to curb smartphone addiction are popping up regularly on Apple’s App Store. One of the latest apps is called Mute (free). It’s one of several apps – Space and Moment are others – that track how often you unlock your phone and how much time you spend using it, in order to help you reduce your time on it.
For Space CEO Georgie Powell, “the wake-up moment for me was when I was breastfeeding my daughter while looking at photos of her on my phone. I was so distracted by my phone, I wasn’t present with her!”
Estes voiced, “I have seen a tendency in many of my clients who are in recovery from alcohol or drugs to get completely hooked on some sort of digital experience. In my experience, the trend has been growing steadily at an alarming rate and we feel it’s important to provide these coaching skills to those who can help.”
Find out more about this course at https://theaddictionsacademy.com.
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Dr. Cali Estes is the #1 best selling author of “I Married a Junkie”