Best Option for Cell Phone Addiction Treatment
If you are looking for a residential program for cell phone addiction treatment, you’ve found the best option available. At Summerland Camps we offer adolescents and teens a total immersion experience where they can “reset” their relationship with technology including cell phones, internet gaming, and other electronic devices. Campers learn to develop new interests and communicate and socialize without their cell phone device as they progress through our clinical phase system.
The best way to approach cell phone addiction treatment is a coaching approach, not an authoritarian approach. We help our campers establish long terms they want to work on. Campers then break down their desired goals such as graduating college or developing a skill into daily tasks.
Behavioral Coaches help the camper organize and schedule their time, and campers soon learn that they must choose whether the immediate reward of the cell phone or the long term reward of achieving their life goal is going to take precedence in their life. So far, we’ve never had a camper choose their cell phone over working on a long term goal.
After a reset at camp, campers are given back their electronics and given instruction on how to set them up in a way that will enable them to work on their long term goals without the constant distraction of social media, gaming, and other online distractions. Cell phone addiction treatment also involves the parents as they need to enter into a behavioral contract with the teen to ensure compliance.
Falling off track is part of the process. We teach our campers as part of the cell phone addiction treatment process how to get back on track if they binge one day on cell phone usage. Because it is unrealistic to expect a young person to completely go without their cell phone or other screen based technology, we believe a behavioral coaching process works best for cell phone addiction treatment. A 12-step model where a teen swears off cell phone usage is unrealistic in modern society.
Cell Phone Addiction Treatment / Smart Phone Addiction Treatment Versus “Habit”
‘Cell Phone Addiction Treatment’ is what this page is all about, but let’s clarify terminology here. Yes, the DSM-V (the guide used by therapists and mental health professionals to diagnose) has proposed a new classification that is to be examined for consideration of a full fledged diagnosis: Internet Gaming Disorder.
In basic terms, this means that Internet Gaming Disorder not an “official” disorder in the DSM, but one on which the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is requesting additional research. The APA in the future may or may not decide to make the disorder “official” in future editions.
So according to the APA, there is no such thing as Cell Phone Addiction Treatment, but they see potential for a separate diagnosis of Internet Gaming Disorder. At Summerland Camps we would argue that both stimulate the same attention centers of the brain and follow the same reward pathways. They both involve visual stimulation, a physical response, and are often used in a social communication context. Both gaming treatment and cell phone addiction treatment would follow similar methodology in this respect.
We however prefer to discuss cell phone addiction treatment in terms of a “habit” instead of an “addiction.” Addiction is overpowering, and like the word “try” it’s a build in excuse for failure. “Habit” is something that is learned and can be unlearned. Calling excessive cell phone usage a “habit” gives the power back to the teen, and they are empowered (along with developing the right mentality and a reset experience) to learn to live in balance with their cell phone device.