First US gaming, texting addiction clinic opens

First US gaming, texting addiction clinic opens

Summary: Internet, game, and texting addicts can now receive 45-day treatment in rural detox clinic for $14,500; services include fitness program, psychotherapy, and "high adventure outings."

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Back in the summer of 2005, an Internet addiction clinic opened in China, and by the following summer, a clinic opened in Amsterdam to treat video game addicts. Now, a similar clinic has recently opened its doors 13 miles away from Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

To some, real-life "high adventure outings" don't quite compare to the in-game variety.

For $14,500--or the cost of an 80.6-year World of Warcraft monthly subscription--the reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program now provides a 45-day intensive care program for game, Internet, and texting addicts. Patients can receive psychotherapy, 12-step group counseling, "nutritional education," personalized fitness plans, and "high adventure outings" around the facility's rural forested landscape.

"The reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program is specifically oriented toward launching tech dependent youth and adults back into the real world," the clinic's online mission statement states. "Our individually tailored program is designed to assist participants with an Internet and/or computer-based behavioral addiction to break the cycle of dependency. Our 45-day abstinence-based recovery program exposes participants to a variety of activities and everyday life skills, which are often avoided or underdeveloped as a result of excessive ongoing computer, video game play, and Internet use."

Earlier this month, a study of 552 Americans by the US Center for Disease Control--conducted in the area around reSTART--found that those who game are more likely to be overweight and suffer mental health problems. In July, a British psychiatrist said he plans to assemble fellow therapists to enter the online game World of Warcraft to treat in-game addicts.

For more on gaming addiction, read GameSpot's feature on the subject.

This article was originally posted on GameSpot.

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  • A real, severe gaming addiction

    Would likely lead to a loss of occupation, which would preclude the people who actually need help from getting it at this clinic, as they'd have no income to shell out the $14,000. Good in theory, terrible in execution.

    "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
    gnesterenko
  • This story has been in my feed list every day for the past week

    Congrats on being the last to pick up on it
    ModernMech
  • RE: First US gaming, texting addiction clinic opens

    I'll check it out after I hit level 80... just 10 to go, darn it! 10 more!...
    readydave
  • it's so simple

    After you pay for the rehab your so broke you can't afford to play WoW anymore.
    User 13