internet addiction http://wesa.fm en Is Internet Addiction as Damaging as Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling? http://wesa.fm/post/internet-addiction-damaging-drugs-alcohol-and-gambling <p><a href="http://netaddiction.com/">Internet addiction</a> is said to be more pervasive than alcoholism in the United States, and while treatment is available, how do you know when you need it?</p><p>Dr. Kimberly Young is founder of the <a href="http://www.brmc.com/programs-services/internet-addiction-bradford-pa.php">Center for Internet Addiction</a> at Bradford Regional Medical Center in central Pennsylvania, the first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction in the nation.</p><p>Dr. Young says she first encountered internet addiction in 1994 when she learned that a friend’s husband was spending more than 50 hours a week in AOL chat rooms, at a time when internet usage was billed by the hour.</p><p>“It made me wonder, ‘could people get addicted to the internet in the same way we talk about drugs, alcohol, food, and gambling?’,” says Young.</p><p>From there she met people who have experienced job-loss, weight-loss and ruined relationships, because they couldn’t control their use of the internet. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:48:49 +0000 Heather McClain 19833 at http://wesa.fm Is Internet Addiction as Damaging as Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling?