BRENTWOOD, Tenn., October 5, 2018 – Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare announced today a new partnership with Dr. David Greenfield of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction.
Odyssey, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, has a diverse network of intensive residential behavioral health facilities across the treatment spectrum. Operating seven behavioral health locations with 245 beds and affiliated outpatient services within five states, Odyssey provides a continuum of care treating eating disorders, psychiatric and dual diagnosis disorders.
Recently, the World Health Organization announced the recognition of “Video Gaming Disorder” as a new mental health condition for inclusion in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. With this announcement and the growing dependency on technology in the United States, Odyssey has partnered with Dr. Greenfield to open a facility in the North Eastern US that effectively intervenes in treating gaming and technology addictions. The facility will offer residential behavioral health treatment to young adults who are compulsively using the Internet, social media, smartphones, video games, and pornography. The program will include psychoeducation, counseling and psychotherapy, interpersonal and social skills training, and leisure and activity therapies to reduce compulsive technology use and facilitate healthy real-time living.
I have been treating Internet addiction for over 20 years, and during that time, we have seen a significant increase in the number of inquiries and clients we have treated. We are very excited to partner with Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare to offer an expanded and comprehensive residential treatment program for technology addictions. The capacity to offer residentially-based services will enhance our ability to help those clients in need of extended treatment that would otherwise not have been met by traditional outpatient care.
Dr. David Greenfield
Odyssey CEO Scott Kardenetz said, “Our partnership with Dr. Greenfield, an internationally recognized expert in technology and gaming dependency, gives us the opportunity to build an evidence-based, comprehensive residential treatment model and program to address this growing problem. Our goal is to offer a more mindful and sustainable approach to digital technology use by providing clients with the tools and coping behaviors needed to interact with technology in a healthier and more balanced manner.”
Dr. Greenfield’s recent research, writing, and clinical work are focused on the neurobiology, pharmacology, and treatment of compulsive Internet and technology, social media, pornography, and smartphone use. His extensive experience will broaden Odyssey’s existing clinical services and help shape future programs to serve existing clients, families, and communities battling Internet, technology, and video game addictions.
“I have been treating Internet addiction for over 20 years, and during that time, we have seen a significant increase in the number of inquiries and clients we have treated. We are very excited to partner with Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare to offer an expanded and comprehensive residential treatment program for technology addictions. The capacity to offer residentially-based services will enhance our ability to help those clients in need of extended treatment that would otherwise not have been met by traditional outpatient care,” says Dr. Greenfield.
Dr. Greenfield is the founder and Chief Clinical Officer of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine. He is a recognized leading authority on process and behavioral addiction medicine and is the author of Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell regarding the growing Internet addiction problem. Dr. Greenfield participates with the national and international psychiatric community by sharing his expertise through lectures, research, and various publications. The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction conducts intensive outpatient treatment programs and diagnostic consultations. Dr. Greenfield has been an invited speaker at various medical and addiction conferences and symposiums globally, including Singapore, Turkey, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Dr. Greenfield has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, and HBO and has been featured in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, PC Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, amongst many other popular publications.
He is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Fellow and Past-president of the Connecticut Psych Association and Co-chair of the CPA Psychopharmacology Taskforce, The American Psychological Association, and American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Greenfield also sits on the board of the Connecticut Association of Treatment of Sex Offenders. Dr. Greenfield holds advanced training and board certifications in Addictions, Addiction Medicine, and Clinical Psychopharmacology. He resides and maintains an addiction and behavioral medicine practice in Connecticut.
About Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare
Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare was formed in 2015 as a partnership between Nautic Partners and healthcare executive Scott Kardenetz. Odyssey has a growing diversified platform of behavioral health facilities across the treatment spectrum in psychiatric and addiction care. Odyssey’s treatment centers include Pasadena Villa (www.pasadenavilla.com), Lifeskills South Florida (www.lifeskillssouthflorida.com), Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders (www.magnolia-creek.com), and Selah House (www.selahhouse.com), providing adult intensive residential and continuum services for clients and families. Odyssey extends respect, compassion, and quality individualized treatment paired with concierge-quality amenities at seven primary facilities located in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, and North Carolina.
Source: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare
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