Why Phone Addiction is Hard to Break Up with in Recovery

Phone addiction impacts people of all ages and demographics. Adults and young people are all struggling to make sense of how to stay connected while disconnecting when it matters most. Many people work jobs where they need to be on the ball for people right now and need to be connected instantaneously. Getting work done seems so hard when there are emails and calls to the field, yet it is important to learn boundaries at work around phone use if anything is going to change.

Never-ending Work

The average office worker tends to put in more than 40 hours a week just answering emails, calls, and doing work outside the office. Electronic clutter is taking up much of people’s days and time. Even when people clear out their inbox and leave work, their cell phones can still ring at any time. Technology lets people be connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is fine for people who want to be hyper-connected all the time. For those who crave space, it may not be a good idea. The rapid pace technology has shifted work culture means less time for hobbies outside work, or family life, and friendships.

Health Issues

Phone addiction is hard to break up with because it feels like a dopamine hit each time an email gets answered and people get what they need. Until next time. Until they are no longer able to get what they need on their own and come calling again. It is like using drugs, only technology is the drug. Regular computer use is fine, but overuse, including using it at all hours of day and night, can be difficult for people to deal with over time. It becomes a dependency and addiction they cannot shake.

Letting go of Multi-tasking

One of the best ways to give up the addiction to a phone is to stop trying to multi-task. Studies have shown this to be detrimental to people’s mental and physical health. It takes too much brainpower to perform at an optimal level. Human beings are not naturally inclined to work as much as they are now. They work hard during the day, then at night, it was a time of rest. Weekends included rest periods. Children ran and played, not sat on phones and texted or played games. The challenge is now to move into quieters spaces. Phone calls, text messages, and social media provide space for interruptions to occur and don’t allow space for quiet contemplation. It can also lead to dangerous technology addiction which gives people a sense that being hyper-connected is a good thing. Some helpful tips to help alleviate the burden of technology and start to let go:

  • Create boundaries
  • Spend time with books instead of the phone
  • Get apps which track time spent on the phone
  • Ask at work to have more boundaries around time spent answering emails, etc

Other than asking for boundaries, it may be incumbent on you to set personal boundaries around what is acceptable. Talk to colleagues, bosses, and HR to describe the situation. If possible, check what is necessary to stay connected for work. Look for opportunities to take a break and full vacation away from work so you are no longer having to check into the phone at all hours and are able to rest and less invasive for your personal space.

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