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‘I couldn’t stop myself’: Inside the 12-step program for internet addiction

By Kari Paul

17 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

informed Summary

  1. Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous (ITAA) is a growing fellowship that provides tools and support to deal with compulsive internet use. The 12-step program, based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, was launched in 2017 and now has thousands of members worldwide.

“Hi, my name is Sarah* and I am an internet and technology addict.”

So began a meeting on a recent Wednesday afternoon, as 18 people quietly gathered on a Zoom call. Text in their small video boxes showed they hailed from locations as disparate as Oregon, India and Namibia.

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