Internet Addiction Rehab

Just because internet addiction, or digital addiction, does not involve a substance, it does not make it any less damaging. As the UK’s only purpose-built addiction treatment and behavioural health clinic, Delamere’s rural Cheshire private rehab is the perfect place to switch off from the outside world and prioritise getting better and growing beyond addiction.

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Internet Addiction Rehab
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Delamere private internet rehab & rehab for social media

Someone who suffers from internet addiction disorder (IAD) also referred to as problematic internet use or pathological internet use, will suffer from a compulsive behavioural disorder that affects all aspects of their wellbeing.

At Delamere, we have learned that the first step in recovery from any addiction or problematic behaviour is to stop the behaviour completely for a period of time. During this time the individual can undertake a rehabilitation programme and learn strategies and boundaries that they can implement around their problematic behaviour.

In this day and age, it is not always possible to completely abstain from the internet, we understand this. This is especially true of those who have a job involving spending a lot of time on the internet or where internet research is needed to fulfil school or work requirements.

However, abstaining from compulsive and non-essential internet use is possible and this is the aim of recovery from internet addiction.

The process of recovery for those attending a Delamere inpatient addiction treatment programme will consist of many different treatments to tackle all aspects of the person’s life such as social issues, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Our Delamere team works with guests, applying evidence-based treatments to heal and change the mindset, teaching healthier ways of managing emotions, thoughts, and feelings, and instilling essential relapse prevention techniques and strategies.

At Delamere, we believe in treating the whole person as opposed to just the symptoms that the person walks through our doors with. This means that as well as treating every aspect of each guest on an emotional, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and psychological level, we also look at their home environment, family environment, work environment, and social circle. We feel this is important as this is where they will continue their ongoing recovery.

Delamere Founder & CEO Martin Preston discusses digital addiction

“I didn’t have trouble with alcohol or drugs but the therapist, mentors and staff helped me greatly in my depressed state. I can honestly say I became a better, happier person.” – Michael Theodorou, Former Delamere guest


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Why is rehab for internet addiction & social media important?

As a result of an internet addiction disorder being progressive, other areas of the sufferer’s life begin to feel the impact. Similarly to those who suffer from gaming addiction, the affected individual lives more and more in their virtually created world as it doesn’t present the challenges that real life does. Someone who suffers from internet addiction will engage less and less with friends and family, lose interest in things they used to find enjoyable, and even their career or school work will suffer as a result.

At this point, seeking professional help and entering rehab for internet addiction can be a huge turning point. Within a space like Delamere, guests can connect with others on similar recovery journeys which fosters a supportive community built without shame or judgement. Delamere’s internet rehab programme also enables guests to learn life skills, communication skills, boundary setting, and safe emotional expression through a range of interesting and engaging workshops, group therapies, Recovery Mentoring sessions, and counselling sessions.

“Websites are designed to extract time from us and keep us locked in and for some, it’s like digital sugar. The first thing to do is take an honest look at what’s happening, set healthy boundaries, and if you are struggling to set limits, it’s about seeking professional help. At Delamere, we treat not only substance addiction but behavioural addiction as well.”

Martin Preston
Founder & CEO

The Delamere approach to internet rehab

An inpatient stay at Delamere is a deliberately intensive 4-phase internet rehab programme, one which we have crafted over time and has helped many participants recover. Our emphasis is on holistic care to treat addiction and associated issues. This means that we treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms they present with. We believe that successful treatment runs far deeper than simply stopping the addictive substance or behaviour.

Our approach at Delamere comprises 4 core phases: Stop, Start, Grow, & Bloom. Everything we offer at Delamere aims at effective and lasting outcomes in addiction treatment:

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    Stage 1: Stop

    This phase addresses any physical aspects of your addiction. Our medical team is on hand 24/7.

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    Stage 2: Start

    During ‘Start’ we help identify the psychological underpinnings of your dependency as you participate in a variety of addiction treatment therapies.

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    Stage 3: Grow

    Our ‘Grow’ phase is the process of integrating the Delamere learning experience into life after treatment.

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    Stage 4: Bloom

    Our ‘Bloom’ phase offers intensive support on a weekly basis for the first three months of recovery once guests return home.

How to encourage a loved one to go to an internet rehab centre

Any behavioural addiction is very distressing and painful, not only for the individual who suffers but also for the family and those closest to them. We recognise that it is not the substance or the activity that is the problem in addiction but the distinct lack of control and risk-taking that brings about negative and harmful consequences.

The process of recovery for internet addicts often requires professional intervention. At Delamere, we offer family support services and intervention services whereby we take the time to understand what is happening and help to prepare and rehearse a formal intervention which will culminate in your loved one entering treatment with us at our state-of-the-art residential internet addiction rehab centre. Call us today on  0330 111 2015 for more information about how we can help.


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    24-hour care & support
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    UK's only purpose build clinic
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    All accommodation en-suite
  • Discreet, private location
    Discreet, private location
  • Family programmes
    Family programmes
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    Unique, innovative treatment approach
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    Outcomes focused
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    Free collection service
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    Air conditioning

Frequently asked questions about internet rehab & rehab for social media

What are the signs that someone needs internet addiction rehab?

Whilst most of us these days will admit to spending too much time glued to our screens, for some this can become detrimental and have serious consequences to their physical and mental health as well as their daily life and social interactions. Symptoms that someone has developed a serious internet or social media addiction often include a preoccupation with mobile communications, excessive money or time spent on the phone, and using the phone in socially or physically inappropriate situations. 

What is the best type of internet addiction rehab programme?

An internet rehab programme that treats a person holistically, looking at the factors leading up to their addiction and ways in which to improve their wellbeing and mental state, as well as deal with the physical compulsion, is the key to successful treatment and long-term recovery. At Delamere, we believe that it is important for guests suffering from an internet addiction to discover and learn to implement healthier ways for channelling stress and emotional distress through our employment of holistic practices such as fitness, meditation, trauma release techniques, yoga, mindfulness, equine therapy, music, art, performing arts, and more.

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