Internet addiction or Problematic Internet Use (PIU) also known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), or Compulsive Internet Use (CIU) is a type of impulse-control disorder.
An increasing problem, internet addiction can involve a range of on-line activities including, but not limited to: social networking, gaming, blogging, email, on-line shopping or inappropriate use of pornography.
People with problematic internet use continue on-line even for long periods when they know their on-line activity is limiting their capacity to form relationships, meet their family or work commitments, cost more than they can afford or attend to basic human needs such as nutrition and personal hygiene. It may also cause physical symptoms such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neck, back or eyesight problems
The impulse to use the internet takes over their lives. It is all they want to do, no matter how serious the consequences.
Internet addiction may mask deeper mental health problems and be an unhealthy avoidance strategy for people suffering from anxiety, depression, substance misuse or addictions pronounced weight gain or loss and social isolation.
The Buttery Private program helps people address problematic internet use and recognise the consequences for themselves and their families. By learning relaxation, stress management and mindfulness techniques participants in the program can lead more fulfilling, healthier lives, end social isolation and develop more fulfilling relationships.
If you have an enquiry about internet addiction, please complete the form below or call 1300 851 695.