An individual who struggles with inappropriate behavior
on the Internet often finds themselves in a downward spiral of
anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt. These thoughts and feelings often
fuel the very behavior that they are trying to stop. Individuals
who are out of control with their Internet behavior often experience
consequences in interpersonal, occupational, and spiritual areas
of their life. The false belief is that the individual can manage
or stop the behavior on his or her own. IBC is the bridge to evaluating
the seriousness of the problem and connecting the individual to
resources that will assist in accomplishing their goals.
Aside from the individual, the partner is often the
person most affected by these problematic behaviors. The partner
of a problematic Internet user often struggles with questions and
concerns of their own. Identifying how to help themselves, while
being helpful to the compulsive partner is a delicate balancing
act that can only be achieved with the help of professionals and
support groups. IBC provides evaluations for partners to help them
work through issues such as disclosure, boundaries, healthy sexuality,
as well as partner healing and recovery.
Other family members may also be affected by
a person's problematic online behavior. Children, siblings, parents,
etc., may be on the receiving end of the withdraw, depression, anger,
and anxiety that often accompanies problematic online behavior.
IBC faculty considers the impact on the entire family when providing
services around problematic online behavior.