FITS-IA : Family Involvement, Integrated Treatment, Social Recovery and Connection – Internet Addiction
Our Innovative approach to the treatment of Digital Media Abuse and Addiction.
The FITS-IA approach is an intensive, community-based, integrated approach to the treatment of Internet addiction in adolescents and young adults. Those who struggled with digital media overuse and their families benefit from this approach because it emphasizes treating the whole person by addressing the physical, mental, emotional, relationships, and social elements. FITS-IA assesses and treats clients in the context of their functioning within their families and social systems in order to implement real-time intervention and treatment approaches to stabilize the addictive behaviors and common co-occurring diagnoses, such as social anxiety and depression. Using FITS-IA, a collaborative team of professionals works together to develop and provide treatment to the young person and the family based on the development of a primary integrated treatment plan. This approach supports effective continuity of care and communication between team members and the family. The expected outcomes of implementing FITS-IA while treating the young person in the community are improved coping abilities, emotional health, family functioning, social functioning, and academic performance.
The Family Agreement: The Foundation of FITS-IA
A key step towards intervening in and stabilizing the young person’s addictive behaviors and conflictual family relationship is the development of the FITS-IA Family Agreement.
Your clinician will evaluate the following areas and provide education and engage with you in a therapeutic process to eventually develop a useful Family Agreement: (a) communication style; (b) parents’ digital media use and attitudes; (c) parenting style and current approach to the child’s problematic Internet behaviors, family values; and (c) level of parental fatigue & access to resources.