Adolescent Internet Addiction Treatment: Experimental Approaches

Adolescent Internet Addiction Treatment: Experimental Approaches

In the past few years of teen treatment, Experimental Therapeutic Approaches have gained strong presence alongside more Traditional Therapy practices.  Some examples of the most popular Experimental Therapy Approaches include: Equine Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Yoga Therapy.  In many settings, these experimental approaches can provide an excellent supplement to more central approaches, such as Talk Therapy and Behavioral Therapy.  One of the positive aspects of these forms of therapy is they infuse a positive activity into teens lives, not only during the treatment process but also, following.  This is what makes Experimental Therapies an excellent fit for Adolescent Internet Addiction Treatment.

The first and primary goal of adolescent Internet Addiction Treatment is for therapists to help teens significantly decrease- or even, for a time, stop- their internet use.  However, therapists also almost immediately begin working with teens to re-engage their own world, in order to properly and fully dis-engage the internet world which they have retreated into.  Because teens have the wonderfully healthy urge to engage fully in something, incorporating positive activities into their treatment- and thus, into their lives- helps to brighten their life experience.  Activities such as art, drama, and working with horses also have a number of positive effects related to teens’ stress levels, mood, and self-confidence.  And they can also help provide teens with a positive alternative place to “retreat” into, when they’re overwhelmed with the stress in their lives.

Another reason these Experimental Therapy Approaches are so fitting for Teen Internet Addiction Treatment is because it can make teens much more comfortable engaging in talk therapy, in these contexts.  Because teens with Internet Addiction have essentially retreated into the internet world in order to avoid having to engage in the real one, being asked to jump into intensive one-on-one discussions can be extremely difficult for them.  By engaging these conversations amidst the given “activity,” teens can often feel more comfortable to open up.

For these reasons and a number of others, incorporating creative and Experimental Therapy techniques within Teen Internet Addiction Treatment can be have a synergistic effect alongside more traditional approaches.  Together, these forms of therapy can help to assure that teens recover fully and leave, prepared for success in the real world.

– By Robert Hunt

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