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.

Our Approach: FITS-IA ®

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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.”

Life in the age of internet addiction: “The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology”

By Ned Hepburn | January 24, 2013 Anyone who spends their day staring at screens can speak to the modern-day epidemic of eye fatigue. But what is our digital obsession doing to our brains. Researchers have noted a rise in something called…
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Changes in social media posts can be warning sign

We’ve all seen the trolls. The online bullies. The sudden surge of late night Facebook posts, or uncharacteristically antagonistic comments for seemingly no reason. Many of us have been unexpectedly de-friended or blocked — or blocked someone ourselves, due to…
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Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Researchers say Facebook use can lead to a decline in happiness and satisfaction. Facebook’s mission “to make the world more open and connected” is a familiar refrain among company leaders. But the latest research shows connecting 1.1 billion users around…
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Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school settings

  Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social well being, and academic performance, suggesting a cautionary approach toward the use of technology in school settings.  As…
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Unplug, Connect & C.O.P.E. (Community, Outdoors, and Personal Empowerment)

This group was designed for teen boys who struggle with social connection and too much time on technology. Our focus of this group is to meet the developmental, social, and psychological needs of teen boys who struggle with social connection,…
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Excessive Online Communication Impacts Teenagers & Young Adults Ability to Develop Healthy Emotional Intimacy Skills, which Leads to Social Anxiety and Avoidance

The Online Social Experience and Limbic Resonance   Why too much time online can lead to depression. Published on December 4, 2011 by Hilarie Cash, Ph.D. in Digital Addiction I recommend to all readers a small, poetic and profound book…
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