Internet Addiction

Internet use is a common and daily occurrence for many of us. The internet allows us to learn, share, rally together, provide resources and online tools, socialize, and in some cases, it helps us avoid adverse circumstances, such as providing inclement weather warnings. But at what point does internet use go from a regular means of communication, entertainment, or information gathering to an addiction? Have you noticed that you, your child, friend or co-worker is starting to spend excessive amounts of time online? Measurement firm comScore estimates that the average Canadian internet user is online approximately 41.3 hours per month - second globally only to the United States, where the average is 43 hours monthly. Similar to gambling, internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, where internet users cannot control their need to be online and spend an abnormal amount of hours doing so. Some internet addicts spend excessive amounts of time reading about or researching topics, or writing/”blogging” online. Others develop unhealthy emotional attachments to either real people found through chat rooms/social networking sites, or to fictional/fantasy characters or worlds in virtual communities. Regardless of how someone is spending their time online, any unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop internet use could signal a problem.

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General Topics and Information - Halton Region - Public Computer Access, Fax, Scanner and Wireless Internet - Burlington

This listing describes where to find free public access to computers, wireless Internet, scanners, fax, etc. in Burlington.

FREE COMPUTER USE, FAX, SCANNER, etc.

Burlington Public Library
For hours and locations see here
All branches offer free use of computers with:
* Internet
* web-based e-mail
* Microsoft 2016 Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* CD/DVD drives (no CD/DVD burner)
* USB drive/flashdrive/memory stick ports
* printing ($0.20 per page black and white * $0.40 per page colour)
* scanning (free)
* fax ($1.25 per page * available at Central, New Appleby and Tansley Woods branches only)
* wireless Internet access available at all branches except Kilbride

YMCA Employment & Training Services, 500 Drury Lane
For contact information and hours see separate listing here
Free use of computers to those using for job search, training and education (including life-long learning), services include:
* computers with Internet
* web-based e-mail
* Microsoft 2013 Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* USB drive/flashdrive/memory stick ports
* fax (sending only)
* free printing (max. 20 pages per day)
* scanner
* some sites, such as game sites, are blocked

Centre for Skills Development and Training (The), Ontario Employment Services, 3350 South Service Road
For contact information and hours see separate listing here
Free use of computers to those using for job search, training and education research, services include:
* computers with Internet
* web-based e-mail
* Microsoft 2010 Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* CD/DVD drives
* USB drive/flashdrive/memory stick ports
* fax (sending only)
* free printing and photocopying (max. 20 sheets per day)
* scanner (scanned documents cannot be edited)
* use of phone (local and long-distance)

FEE-BASED COMPUTER USE, FAX, SCANNER, etc.
Many Canada Post postal outlets offer fax services
Most commercial office services stores offer internet use, word processing, etc. on a fee-for-use basis, and may have scanner and fax services * most printing shops can print from a USB drive * see Yellow Pages under "Copying and Duplicating Service"

FREE WIRELESS INTERNET (using own laptop/device)
Most of the city's arenas, city hall and recreation and community centres have free wireless access * for an interactive City map, see here
Numerous commercial locations also offer free wireless to customers

King's Way Outreach Centre (The) - Breaking Down the Walls of Addiction

Weekly support group designed to assist people in breaking free of the cycle of addiction. Lively discussion, guest speakers who have overcome the cycle of addiction, practical tips for success as well as a caring environment provided.

Overeaters Anonymous - Oakville / Burlington Area Meetings

A 12-step program for compulsive overeaters or food addicts that is modelled on the Alcoholics Anonymous program

* offers closed meetings for those who have, or think they have, a problem with food

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council - West 5th Campus, Rm G209

Provides individuals with a vehicle to give input into policy and program change at St. Joseph’s Mental Health and Addiction Program. Supports opportunities for individuals to access information, education and support regarding choices, self advocacy, peer support and political awareness.

Peer support groups of the Mental Health and Addiction Program include:

- Open Peer Support Group
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

Womankind Addiction Service - Taking Steps

Outpatient program for women looking to learn more about addiction and ways to take control over substance use. Fourteen continuous sessions promote self awareness of substance use and offer support for individual goals and can be started at any point.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Rapid Access Addiction Medicine - 225 James St

Short-term outpatient addiction clinic providing consultation and stabilization for individuals with substance use disorders.

Services include:

* One on one counselling
* Connecting with a physician at the clinic
* Referrals to community resources

Gamblers Anonymous - Hamilton East - Hamilton

Offers peer-led self-help groups for those with gambling problems:

For additional help, call the Ontario Helpline at 1-855-222-5542.

Hope Bible Church Oakville - Recovery Group

A Christian recovery group for men and women struggling with addictions

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous - Oakville Group

* meetings are closed, restricted to sex and love addicts (or those who think they may be sex and love addicts, i.e. newcomers)
* only qualification for membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction
* supported through contributions of its membership and is free to all who need it

Celebrate Recovery

A 12-step program for all hurts, habits, and hang ups that include but are not limited to:
* alcohol and drug addictions
* physical, sexual and emotional abuse
* anger, food addictions, sexual addictions

Program location:
Burlington
* Compass Point Bible Church

John Howard Society of Peel, Halton and Dufferin - Community Services - Milton Office

Staff assist individuals experiencing employment, mental health, addiction, relationship, parenting or self management problems through direct service or referrals to appropriate agencies.

Services include:
* Anger & Emotion Management - for adults and youth (fee for service)
* Sexting Program - Youth
* Healthy Partner Relationship Program (fee for service)
* Effective Communication
* life skills programs
* information & referral to community services
* Record Suspension (Pardon)
* Parenting Program

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support