Is there any cure for Internet addiction?
Fortunately, it’s very possible to treat Internet addiction. If you feel you might be a problematic Internet user, or know someone who’s suffering, consider seeking a full psychiatric evaluation to see if there’s something else at the root of the problem. A psychologist or social worker might be a good place to start.
The most common treatment is psychotherapy, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy, which as the name suggests focuses on changing unwanted behaviors. Much like any other addiction, enough treatment and understanding can lead to recovery without a relapse. But, of course, each case is different.
“There are no existing FDA-approved medications for ‘Internet Use Disorder,’” says Dr. Luo. “A number of medications have been tried, but existing data are not enough to make across-the-board recommendations. Medications would be used to treat other associated conditions, such as depression and ADHD. Cognitive-behavioral therapy addresses some of these symptoms by developing more coping skills, keeping track of Internet use, restructuring negative and distorted thoughts, and developing behavioral strategies for preventing relapse or aim for moderation.”