Are you an internet addict? About time you seek help

City based counselling centre is dealing with several cases of internet addiction

Muktangan De-addiction Centre in Yerawada known for providing comprehensive rehabilitation programme for alcohol and drug addicts is changing with times and technology, virtually. Their latest visitors at Out Patient Department (OPD)are four youngsters with Internet addiction disorder.

Internet addiction includes excessive use of gaming, watching pornographic content, browsing on the Internet, using social networking sites like Facebook and WhatsApp on mobile or personal computer. Most of the addicts fall prey to first two categories. The age group of this addiction is 16 to 20 years old, mostly from affluent families.


According to experts, if any person spends his maximum hours of a day on activities that involve Internet, giving less time to food consumption, sleep, regular work and personal care, he is termed as an ‘Internet addict’. Apart from the ignorance towards physical fitness, it can lead to isolation from family or society and aggressiveness.

“We ascertain the patient’s aggressiveness (verbal or physical like a drunkard) if prevented from accessing the Internet. We check if s/he demands a high-end mobile and better network and always clings onto the phone. Only when the family members confirm that we go forward with the treatment,” said Manav Jogdev, Internet addiction councillor from Muktangan.

At least one Internet addicted patient visits the centre in every month. Three counsellors are treating the four youngsters at the OPD. “More public awareness is the need of the hour regarding this addiction,” Jogdev said.
 Counsellors cite that Internet addiction does not depend on the time spent online but how it affects other routines of the day. Along with the use of the Internet, if these patients are addicted to nicotine, drugs or alcohol, then only they are admitted to Muktangan. They are then cured by OPD treatment.

Counsellors advise patients’ families to gradually reduce the ward’s Internet time and monitor the progress and encourage participating in other activities, besides giving medicines.

“Our patients comprise alcohol addicts (75 per cent), drugs (15 per cent) and Internet, gambling and others (10 per cent). We work on four parameters like awareness, treatment, training and rehabilitation,” said Madhav Kolhatkar, Muktangan Coordinator.

Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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