APS Healthcare Rehab and Internet Addiction Coverage
An Introduction to Internet Addiction
Internet addiction is defined as any behavior associated with online or web-based programs that goes beyond typical interest and morphs into an uncontrollable compulsion. Sean Luo, a psychiatrist and neuroscience researcher at Columbia University, shared with CBS News studies showing, "3.7 to 13 percent of U.S. and 10 percent of South Korean Internet users express some symptoms of of inappropriate Internet use," with up to 1 percent of the nearly 3 billion worldwide Internet users (or approximately 30 million people) in need of treatment for their technologically based addiction.
Preparing for an APS-Sponsored Recovery: Symptoms of Internet Addiction
Before you can even begin to evaluate the breadth of your APS Healthcare Internet Addiction Coverage, you must be properly diagnosed. Diagnosis of internet addiction can often be achieved by evaluating the following criteria as referenced by a recent study published in Curr Psychiatry Review:
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- Preoccupation with the Internet even when not actively using it
- A continuously progressive need to use the Internet more and more to achieve the same level of happiness and/or satisfaction
- Inability to control, decrease, or cease use of the Internet
- Experiences withdrawal symptoms when exposure to or use of the Internet is restricted
- "Loses time" when online, staying on the Internet much longer than intended
In addition to those five criteria, people suffering from Internet addiction also display symptoms or experience issues associated with more traditional drug- or alcohol-based addictions, such as the loss of a job or relationship or school complications, and often seek to hide their Internet dependency from others. Opt to stop, assess your mental state, and seek help, before your Internet usage spirals out of control.
Evaluating Your Healthcare Coverage and Beginning the Road to Recovery
The extent of your APS Healthcare Internet addiction coverage is largely dependent on the plan you've chosen and the extent of the coverage therein, but many companies include Internet addiction under the umbrella of mental health conditions. In that case, APS Healthcare addiction coverage guidelines may dictate either inpatient or outpatient care or a combination of both, often for 30-60 days depending on your specific needs.
If your contracted APS Healthcare Internet addiction coverage isn't enough to take care of the full cost of your recovery, there are other options available to manage the financial burden. There is simply no value you can put on your health; achieving and maintaining recovery is priceless.