Addiction Resolutions
Dr. Phil has advice for a woman admits to being a computer junkie.
One viewer writes:

Dear Dr. Phil,

I am definitely a computer addict. I am on the computer as early as 6:30 a.m. checking out my favorite Web site. I have two computers running 24 hours a day, so I never have to wait to get online. My computer addiction is affecting my life in a negative way. I have four children under the age of 7 and my addiction is forcing me to neglect them. I'm tired of letting my online world affect my real world. Dr. Phil, how do I kick this computer addiction and start 2005 being a more plugged-in mother?

Sincerely,
Christine, A Computer Junkie
"That's actually a pretty common addiction that people have these days," Dr. Phil explains. "What people have to get is that there is a momentum in life. Things may start for one reason, but they continue for another. You may have gone to your computer to begin with browsing around, and it was quiet time, it was downtime, and so you began to get addicted to it."

Dr. Phil explains that psychological addictions can be powerful. "Don't try to do this by emotion or willpower," he warns. "First off, it's real simple. Get the computer out of your house."
Acknowledging that it may not be a very practical solution, Dr. Phil assures her that it'll certainly help end her addiction. "If you need accountability and you want to get on there and pay your bills, give the power cord to your husband and he can take it to work in his briefcase ... Easiest way to stop it is don't have access to it, and then you'll begin to develop a new habit and a new pattern."