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U.S. Gets First Internet Addiction Center

Located near Microsoft headquarters

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A new Internet addiction center has opened in Fall City, Washington, that claims it is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The center called reStart is a 45-day program costing $14,500 and is located near Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. reStart says its program is specifically designed to help Internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and other aspects of Internet addiction.

Internet Addiction Center

The center was co-founded by Cosette Rae, MSW, and Hilarie Cash, PhD.

According to reStart, current research indicates that anywhere from 6-10 percent of the online population is dependent on the Internet. Among gamers, those playing MMOGs (like World of Warcraft) appear to be addicted at much higher levels.

reStart argues that the United States has been slow to recognize the problem of Internet addiction and its program is part of the process of drawing attention to the issue.

The mission of the program is helping people, addicted to video games and the Internet, find balance, and reconnect to the real world. The program includes individual and group therapy, life-skills coaching, cooperative living, physical and nutritional education, mindfulness training, skill building and 12-step meetings. 

The American Psychiatric Association currently does not have a listing for Internet addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The possibility of Internet addiction making it into the manual will not happen until its next update in 2012.
 

U.S. Gets First Internet Addiction Center
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  • yoshimi

    Nice article. I appreciate your objectivity on the matter. There are sex addiction centers, which is not a specific substance. It makes sense that people could be addicted to an activity also.

  • http://www.blogbal.com Mona

    OMG, I’m not sure whether to laugh, or cry, or admit I have a problem!!!

  • http://www.controldatainc.com Collection agencies

    So now your going to have a house full of addicts playing old style paper Dungeons and dragons, ok whos got the dice.

    • Ryan K

      what can I say 14,500 Dollars What in the world happened to SELF CONTROL it seems irs being done away with I can see Gambling addiction to be an issue but VIDEO GAMES and Computer GET REAL I think this is ju another excuse of eliminating SELF CONTROL

      • Guest

        what can I say 14,500 Dollars What in the world happened to SELF CONTROL it seems irs being done away with I can see Gambling addiction to be an issue but VIDEO GAMES and Computer GET REAL I think this is just another excuse of eliminating SELF CONTROL

        • Dan Chapman

          that someone may have a problem that you don’t have, or that you don’t fully understand? Is it possible that someone may not have developed the self-control that you so carefully master? Is it possible that some people have invested considerable time and research into how to help these folks in a way that you have not taken time to consider, and that this process itself takes a great deal of time and resources?

          I propose a study. Let’s compare the success rate of you telling a person who is claiming to suffer from internet addiction to “GET SOME SELF CONTROL!” versus this proposed program. Only then will we have some evidence.

  • Ryan K

    what can I say 14,500 Dollars What in the world happened to SELF CONTROL it seems its being done away with I can see Gambling addiction to be an issue but VIDEO GAMES and Computer GET REAL I think this is ju another excuse of eliminating SELF CONTROL on a more serious note how will someone afford this treatmeant

    • bick

      Internet, game addiction is real just like any other addiction. People have died because of the gaming, internet addiction. A kid in Japan died of a heart attack I think because of playing games for weeks online. There are many other cases out there.

  • http://www.compulsivetech.biz Lance

    I would think if you are aware you’re addicted and feel you need help, save the time and money by simply discontinue your Active Internet or Cellular Device plan. Pretty simple and cheap.

    For instance, phone service or internet service plan, both are now basically crippled as almost 98% of programs/services require some sort of active internet connection.

    Then should it become stressful, see a MD/PhD of any sort (Includes primary physician, Internal Med, Physiologist, or ER Doc), just like you would at that home/treatment center and simply elaborate on your newly found issue and trying to strive for success but anxiety is a key issue preventing success and suggest an anxiety med (Lorazepam (Ativan), Dizeapam (Valium), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Librium) and possibly a anti-depressant (Paxil, Cymbalta, Lexapro, Effexor/XR, Zoloft, Celexa, and/or Prozac).

    Just call this Plan A(B, C, D). If you’re still unsuccessful, go to a NA meeting, forget AA, go to NA, everyone has different types of addictions their, even some that don’t exist yet.

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    Thanks for this informative article. In this current current scenario we need something like reStart. Nowadays, it is very rare to see children/ youngsters going for outdoor games. They are very much addicted to Internet stuffs which paves the way for both physical and mental problems. I hope that reStart can make big changes.

  • Guest

    Just get Gamblock for your computer. Costs about $60.00 and prevents any type of internet gambling. Blocks all sites. It worked for me and I was really BAD!

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