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Net addicts turn to professionals

REDMOND, Wash.--The waiting room for Hilarie Cash's practice has the look and feel of many a therapist's office, with soothing classical music, paintings of gentle swans and colorful flowers, and stacks of brochures on how to get help.

But Cash, who runs Internet/Computer Addiction Services here in the city that is home to Microsoft, is a pioneer in a growing niche in mental health care and addiction recovery.

Her patients, including Mike, 34, are what Cash and other mental health professionals call onlineaholics. They even have a diagnosis: Internet Addiction Disorder.

These specialists estimate that 6 percent to 10 percent of the approximately 189 million Internet users in this country have a dependency that can be as destructive as alcoholism and drug addiction, and they are rushing to treat it. Yet some in the field remain skeptical that heavy use of the Internet qualifies as a legitimate addiction, and one academic expert called it a fad illness.

And others have a broader dependency and spend hours online each day, surfing the Web, trading stocks, instant messaging or blogging. A fast-rising number are becoming addicted to Internet video games as well.

Cash and other professionals say that people who abuse the Internet are typically struggling with other problems, like depression and anxiety. But, they say, the Internet's affordability, accessibility, anonymity and omnipresent escape from reality can also lure otherwise healthy people into an addiction.

. . .I'll be starting a new many-step program for those who think they may have a problem ~ free of charge.

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".I'll be starting a new 12-step program for those who think they may have a problem ~ free of charge.  We'll meet here for 12 hours a day and discuss any developmental problems, including attention deficit disorder and/or the lack of real social skills, that others may think you are experiencing. Some of the symptoms of an Internet Addict are ~ talking to your computer and not being able to focus on what any other person around you is muttering to you ~ trying to steal your attention. Groups will meet as soon as you get up in the morning. . .and don't worry about when they will end, I can almost guarantee this will be a life long therapy session."

Love to but cant make it - I'll be surfing the web

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. . .no problem, there a neat feature for onlineaholics ~ it's called Work Offline.

{just start saving every known page/site you know of and Work Offline ~ the semi-cure all for withdraw}

WHAT....no make up sessions........feels like discrimination to me.....*goes to call lawyer*

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WHAT....no make up sessions........feels like discrimination to me.....*goes to call lawyer*

Aggr3 ~ discrimination by any other name is just a false sense of 'powerlessness'

What you will learn in your first 'make up' lesson is "How do I retain my power by not giving it away"

My ex-lawyer friend says ~ "not to worry, lawyers only have a licence to pratice something they will never really be."  I believe him ~ so lawyers don't scare me.  . . .see, that's part of not giving your power away.

. . .and congratualations water ~ you took the first step of many to come. . .thank you for sitting down.

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Aggr3 ~ discrimination by any other name is just a false sense of 'powerlessness'

What you will learn in your first 'make up' lesson is "How do I retain my power by not giving it away"

My ex-lawyer friend says ~ "not to worry, lawyers only have a licence to pratice something they will never really be."

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JustinOhioRR ~ you are addicted to the "machine", but your wife doesn't hate 'it'.

~ she just wants equal time on it.  Solution: Tell her she can go to the library to check her email for free there...

nah, just set up a family LAN and you'll all be good little addicts together!  now that's family time! ;) 

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:D :D what a wonderful site for sore eyes or I's  or just for me I will be getting pro-active in dealing with this terrible terrible addiction and btw thank you R-D for letting me find what the problem is ,for a long time I was in Egypt on a river, or a reasonable facsimile there of, seeing how I live @ 555 [egypt] rd. Could you go a little further and explain some of the other pitfalls to this awful addiction, please help me  if you can or I could call Rhonda :D :D

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http://www.netaddiction.com/

This place is for real:

 

The Center for Online Addiction is the only organization dedicated specifically to helping those who suffer from out of control online behavior.  Founded in 1995 by Dr. Kimberly Young, the center began as a clearing house of information for people concerned with Internet addiction problems. Today, we serve as the first recovery center to provide education, training, and resources for understanding and treating Internet addiction.  We deal with problems such as cybersex addiction, cyberaffairs, online gaming addiction, and childhood Internet addiction. We provide a range of professional services designed to promote health and well-being as we focus on strategies to maximize use of technology while retaining a balance of it in one

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