How to Get Over an Internet Addiction

by Barbara J. Feldman on May 29, 2008

All addictions take time and a whole lot of effort to get over. No matter how badly you may want them gone, you won’t get over them overnight. Here are some tips and suggestions for getting over an Internet addiction.

The first step in getting over an Internet addiction is to recognize that you have one. It isn’t an easy step but once you recognize that there is something wrong with you, you have done one of the hardest parts. You have realized that you aren’t perfect and the thing that you love so much to do and that relaxes you, isn’t good for you. You have to accept that you are going to have to work extra hard to get rid of the addiction. Once you know that you have an addiction and accepted that you will have to work really hard to overcome it, you are ready to begin the process of overcoming the addiction.

The second step is to get help from someone. There are lots of online programs to help you overcome Internet addictions so check into those if a personal therapist isn’t an option. Many people are hesitant about speaking with someone they don’t really know, but they are professionals that will be able to help you. They are experts in their field and know how to help people who are trying to overcome their Internet addiction.

Find a buddy to help you through the hard times. Going through a hard time in your life with someone else there by your side makes it so much easier. Find someone who is having the same problem or who maybe went through it before. There are Internet blog sites dedicated to helping people who have Internet addictions. Even talking to someone on the blogs can help you. If you can, also confide in a friend, your spouse, or family member. You want to have someone there who will help you get over your addiction that isn’t always online but is there in person and can stay up with you talking about it late into the night.

When you are talking with a therapist or going through the steps on an Internet help site, make sure you are following their advice. The advice they give comes from years of experience and knowledge from other people and what they have done and how they got over their Internet addiction. Make sure that you are following it to the best of your ability. Don’t go half way. If you don’t go the full way, you won’t achieve your results. You will only feel more confused and lost.

If you do start to feel confused, lost, or hurt about anything, talk to someone. Either your therapist or a friend as soon as possible. The longer you wait the longer it will hurt and the more it will hurt. They will be understanding if you have to talk to them a lot.

When you are trying to get over an Internet addiction, remember it takes time. You can’t change everything overnight but with good guidance and by listening and following that guidance, you will change and be able to get over the Internet addiction. You can’t expect to change instantly, so keep track of how you are doing. If you aren’t making progress then try something new. You can get over an Internet addiction, it will be hard, but it is definitely possible.

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Feldman, Barbara. "How to Get Over an Internet Addiction." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 29 May. 2008. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. < >.

  • Allie

    Did she really suggest using an ONLINE program to get over an Internet addiction? Yes, spending all your time online talking to someone about your online addiction is really going to keep you off the Internet. Breathe fresh air. That’s what I do every time I get too caught up in the Internet.

  • Mark L

    This is vague and you basically say the same exact thing in different words with every paragraph.

  • Grace

    Does anyone see the irony in looking up how to get over an internet addiction? Anyone?