September 25, 2012
Cellphone addiction is now on the rehab menu
According to Fox News, a leading drug and alcohol recovery center has founded the first recovery group for people suffering with nomophobia.
Nomophobia is a term first coined by British researchers during 2008 to denote people who experienced anxiety when they had no access to mobile technology—such as their mobile phones.
The group, the brainchild of Dr. Elizabeth Waterman of Morningside Recovery Center in California, helps people recognize the signs and symptoms of their over-reliance on mobile technology, explore the psychological roots of their vulnerability to becoming addicted to it and master emotional, cognitive and behavioral techniques to regain their autonomy.
Hopefully (!), Morningside Recovery Center’s program will motivate others to take its lead in actually putting an addiction to mobile technology—including cell phone messages and Facebook updates—on par with tobacco and alcohol dependence. Because people really do need help overcoming it.
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