*If you or the person you are trying to help with their digital media addiction is violent or may hurt themselves or others, then seek professional help. Do not try to deal with digital media addictions alone. Digital media include: video games, social media, streaming movies, internet porn, and anything facilitated by the digital screen causing dysfunction in multiple areas of a person’s life.

These steps are provided only as a guideline and should not be considered medical advice.

  1. Connect with like-minded individuals in our moderated private Facebook Group.
  2. Try first a digital media fast at home. Victoria Dunckley, MD’s book is an excellent resource that will walk you and your family through this 30-day fast: Reset Your Child’s Brain (Available on Amazon.com) or try the 1-week ScreenStrong Challenge.
  3. Work through our workbook written for teens and families: Digital Vortex Survival Guide (Available on Amazon.com).
  4. We also recommend Dr. Doan’s book: Hooked on Games (Available on Amazon.com).
  5. If in-home digital media fast fails, then consider sending your teen to Camp Unplugged where they will undergo an electronic device fast and learn about the impact of technology on their brain. Camp Unplugged can help with a digital media fast for teens that are not considered clinically addicted to digital media. For young adults, Rise in Gaming Recovery is an effective option to detox and learn life skills.  If your child or an adult is clinically addicted to digital media, then consider the options below.
  6. Consider a residential rehab program:
  7. During detox, after detox, and after rehab, consider finding a therapist or life coach familiar with digital media addictions:
    1. Certified Life Coach with Julie Doan (Doan Life Coaching)
    2. List from Hooked on Games
    3. Online Parent and Child Coaching: Kim McDaniel
    4. Find a Certified Parent Coach through the Parent Coaching Institute here: http://www.thepci.org/findcoach/