Hospital opens digital detox unit, family lives like it’s 1986 to deal with tech addictions
People addicted to various substances sometimes need to seek professional medical help. Sometimes it involves a trip to the doctor, sometimes it involves a stay in a hospital to get the right treatment.
And when you think of addiction, it’s usually alcohol and drugs that come to mind.
But digital addiction is becoming such a growing problem that a hospital in the United States has dedicated a unit to helping people overcome that.
Patients will be treated for 10 days, voluntarily, by addiction experts.
Internet addiction is getting so bad, there are summer camps for kids in Japan to go where gadgets aren’t allowed. People are also going on “digital detox vacations” to unplug from the world and get back to real life.
Then there’s a family in Guelph, Ont. that is living like it’s 1986. No iPhones. No computers. Just a VCR, cassette tapes and ‘80s hair.
But the hospital in the U.S. is taking this seriously. The professionals who’ll treat the digital addicts are also the ones who treat drug addicts and alcoholics.
Experts say it’s almost the same thing due to how the brain reacts to things like alcohol, and the Internet. Yup – Time reports that Internet addicts even experience similar withdrawal and letdown symptoms.
Patients at the Bradford Medical Centre, meanwhile, can overcome this. They’ll take group classes and therapy sessions, just like the ones drug addicts take.
Do you think Internet addiction is getting the attention it deserves? Does more need to be done to help people deal with their addiction to technology?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets