Understanding and Addressing Adolescent Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is considered a stimulus and/or novelty driven behavioral addiction. While it is not officially recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the DSM-V, it is a very real and damaging condition, especially with adolescent aged people.

In this workshop I provide a lecture and data on the following

  • How stimulus / novelty addictions works within the brain.
  • What stimulus / novelty addictions looks like
  • What a healthy relationship with technology looks for adolescent aged children
  • Research based methods / tools used to encourage self-promoting behaviors
  • Information on how to effectively approach adolescents and their families on this topic

I will engage participants in an exercise designed to initiate change within their population through building a desire to look at and change their relationship to addictive stimulus such as social media, video games, pornography and other sources of internet addiction. An open discussion for participants to ask questions and provide feedback related to their experience on this topic will be lead as well.

Reading and resources for this workshop:


Websites and Research Articles:


  • “Brainstorm, The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,”  Daniel J Siegel, MD
  • “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” by Sherry Turkle  
  • “You are not a Gadget,” by Jaron Lanier. Provides excellent philosophical and sociological concerns around our current relationship to technology.
  • “Motivational Interviewing, Helping People Change,” William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick.