A cell phone or a smartphone is a highly productive device. Nowadays, people use it to buy groceries, book a cab, online shopping, communicate via video facility with far-off loved ones, manage office or school work and so much more. However, there is a fine line separating productive use from addiction.
The excessive use of smartphone leads to the development of an addiction in which one uses the phone compulsively even when one is aware of its debilitating consequences on health, productivity, and relationships. The addiction is highly prevalent among teenagers who use these smartphones obsessively to chat with their friends, manage their online social platforms, play games, etc. Smartphone addiction in teens can lead to poor performance at school and sports. It can also affect the adolescent/teen’s physical as well as mental well-being.
Some of the symptoms of smartphone addiction in teens are:
Further, any addiction is a compulsive behavior and may lead to another one in a short span of time. This can manifest as other troubled addictions and behavior problems in teens battling an addiction to smartphone.
Long-term consequences of smartphone addiction can be both physical and mental. Some of these include:
Parents and guardians can help teenagers identify and deal with their smartphone addiction by:
If the strategies discussed above fail, then one can think of enrolling their teen for professional support in a teen rehab center offering treatment for smartphone addiction. ADEONA Healthcare treats smartphone addiction and is a safe haven for teens. It is like a home away from home where therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are used for the identification and correction of maladaptive thought patterns. In addition, individual, group, and family therapies can also be used to treat such an addiction. Behavioral therapy, such as following concrete rules for cellphone usage and setting up phone-free hours, can also prove effective.
Many teens addicted to their smartphones also grapple with co-occurring disorders. Instead of facing their symptoms, they prefer losing themselves in their smartphones. Therefore, receiving treatment for co-occurring disorders can also help successfully recover from an addiction to a smartphone.
At ADEONA Healthcare’s Rancho San Diego campus, all adolescent and teen patients receive a comprehensive physical and mental assessment at the time of their admission. During these investigations, the clinical specialists attempt to screen the teen for underlying conditions that may have fueled their addiction. They also try to investigate any co-occurring disorders that might have led to the excessive use of their smartphones. Followed by this, the patients receive customized treatment plans which increase their possibility of making a complete and lasting recovery.
For more information on our smartphone addiction treatment program, call our 24/7 helpline (888) 379-9360 and speak to our representative. You can even chat online with our admission counselor for immediate resolution of your problem.