dTEC® Specializes in the Treatment & Education of Digital Media Overuse
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Digital Media Overuse (DMO) commonly known as “gaming, Internet or technology addiction” interferes in academic and workplace success, leads to sleep problems, increases social isolation, and negatively effects physical and mental health. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Watch Tracy Markle Help a Family Struggling with Social Media Addiction

Tracy Markle, digital media addiction expert and founder of Digital Media Treatment & Education Center, appeared on the premier episode of A&E’s “Digital Addiction” to help a woman and her family address her social media addiction.

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Our Approach: FITS-IA ®

FAMILY
INTEGRATED TREATMENT
connection
for treating
INTERNET ADDICTION

FITS-IA® is a systemic treatment approach that provides education and clinical support to those struggling with digital media overuse. FITS-IA works by creating a mindful approach to our online behaviors, improving family relationships, developing effective emotional regulation and self-care skills, and enhancing interpersonal relationships through face-to-face social connections and community engagement.

FITS-IA® is collaborative and prioritizes FAMILY engagement, INTEGRATED TREATMENT, and builds SOCIAL connections to support recovery and long term change for individuals and families from digital media overuse and INTERNET ADDICTION.. See more

No-Cost Digital Media Overuse Weekly Support Groups

The Problematic Internet Technology Facilitated (PITF) Support Group is led by a facilitator who is knowledgeable in digital media issues. Group members receive education, strategies, and resources related to digital media overuse and are encouraged to engage in discussion about their challenges and successes in sobriety. The primary goal of this support group is to cultivate a balanced lifestyle.

The Premier Clinician’s Handbook Addressing Digital Media Overuse in Children and Adolescents

Tracy Markle, founder, and co-director of dTEC® developed the Family engagement, Integrated Treatment, Social Connection for Internet Addiction FITS-IA®, approach and is a featured author, along with other experts from around the globe, in the book: Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents; Risk Factors, Assessment & Treatment, where she shares the philosophy and interventions embodied in FITS-IA®. This is the first book to thoroughly examine how early and easy access to the Internet and digital media impacts children and adolescents.

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”
– JOHANN HARI

The Internet, the News, and the End of Kids Playing Outside

Kids playing outside used to be a common sight. But today it’s becoming exceedingly rare. Parents are fearful of allowing children to play outside unsupervised despite the fact that there’s never been a safer time to grow up. One reason might be our constant access to news. Researchers have correlated it with higher stress and a misperception that the world is more dangerous than ever.
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Therapist Training Series: How the Internet Has Changed the Parent-Child Relationship

Today’s parent-child relationship is one of 24-hour connectivity. How do teens feel about this new digital contract? Part 4 of a therapist training series on true digital natives. The first people in history born into an established, online, social structure.
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Therapist Training Series: The Private Text Lives of True Digital Natives

Part 3 of a therapist training series on true digital natives. Much has been written about the amount of time teenagers spend on social media, but little attention is paid to the app where they socialize most—iMessage.
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Understanding ADHD and Why it’s Commonly Found with Internet Addiction

Often our clients are unaware that they have ADHD and when they’re finally able to receive a diagnosis and treatment, they often see their internet or video game use subside to a more manageable level as well as see improvements in their academic or professional performance and in their relationships.
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Therapist Training Series: Teen Online Dating

Part 2 of a therapist training series on true digital natives. The first people in history born into an established, online, social structure. They are now coming of age and the rituals and unspoken social rules around family, friendship, and dating are changing in their wake.
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Teen Suicide Study Identifies Gaps in Adult Digital Literacy as a Risk Factor

Teen Suicide Study Identifies Gaps in Adult Digital Literacy as a Risk Factor Written by Dr. Brett Kennedy, Psy, D. Suicide is the number two cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds in the US. In some communities, a phenomenon…
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