Technology addiction is only now being recognised as a serious and life altering condition and as public awareness of the illness grows, so does the support network for sufferers.
It was only recently that a South Korean couple neglected to feed their baby as they were immersed in playing online role-playing game Prius, their baby eventually starved to death. Stories like this are sadly becoming more commonplace as millions are becoming consumed by the fantasy lives they can live through online role playing games.
Technology addicts are now able to seek treatment at a London hospital which has recently launched a treatment plan for young people who spend the majority of their time each day on social networking sites or playing games.
At present the treatment is only available for private patients at the Capio Nightingale hospital’s. Lasting around 28 days of done intensely, the treatment is divided into three stages the first of which is psychotherapy intended to confront the patients issue with face to face relationships.
The second stage is to deconstruct the patients relationship with technology, giving them encouragement to switch it off, this is then followed by the final stage of physical exercise and activities with family and friends.
Although the hospital has no presence online outside of the clinics own website, there are discussions about linking up with well being service Big White Wall.
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