What is Digital Addiction?
In today’s digital age there is more access than ever to digital devices and stimuli. With technology constantly ‘evolving’ to make our lives easier, is there any wonder that many feel as though they just can’t live without it?
The term “addiction,” especially when describing a child, is not taken lightly. In fact, the thought of our kids having their body and brain chemistries compromised by drug abuse and addiction is one of the most frightening thoughts a parent can have. Without treatment, the effects of biochemistry intrusions can alter a child’s life forever.
In fact, digital addiction has been shown to be just as chemically debilitating as drugs.
Time in front of a screen can drastically affect the life of your child. For starters, your child may choose technology over simple things like playing outside and exercising, socializing with friends and family, developing new skills and talents – and more.
The psychological effects can be just as damaging; digital addiction can also result in what is referred to as anhedonia. In his book, Thrilled to Death, Dr. Archibald Hart unpacks the subject of anhedonia. Anhedonia is a result of digital addiction and multi-tasking taken to unhealthy levels. According to Psychology Today, neuroscience now suggests that the brain’s reaction to digital addiction is similar in part to the reaction to alcohol, porn, and gambling addictions.
As a parent, the thought of a child being effected in these ways is terrifying! Technology addiction can seriously hinder and impair your child from leading a healthy, successful and productive life.
At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, we help teens struggling with digital addiction to reconnect with their lives, families, and futures.
At Shepherds Hill, we offer a Nature Based Program to treat digital addiction. Our unplugged process will place your student in an environment where digital technology simply isn’t a part of life.
The Nature Based Program is designed to bring your child back to a simpler version of life. The program focuses on building character, personal growth, identifying talents and skills, and empowering your child to take steps to becoming successful and fulfilled.
Contact Shepherd’s Hill Academy today to Learn more about our Therapeutic Wilderness Program and how it can truly change your family.
Healing from digital addition is possible.
Our Unique Approach to Treatment from Digital Addiction Includes:
Unplugged Experiential Living
Living in a rustic environment, our students are insulated from negative peers and the constant bombardment of media, allowing them to develop healthier habits.Our Programs > >
There are a wealth of opportunities for your child to practice social skills, conflict resolution, and emotional regulation within the therapeutic milieu.Therapeutic Approach > >
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Teens not only get the psychological and social care they need; they also make academic progress in an environment that stimulates and motivates.Our Academy > >
“The discipline, the responsibility, the spiritual guidance, and the schooling were exactly on target. SHA ministered to the entire family. Their program is unique – just like our situation was – but I can truthfully say their intervention in the life of my grandson helped him become a young man to be proud of. Would we do it again – without question.”
– Sara T, Grandparent of SHA Graduate
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