ReSTART is Washington (close to the home of Microsoft) based internet recovery program. The 45-day program is designed specifically to help internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and other aspects of Internet Addiction. Co-founded by Cosette Rae, MSW, and Hilarie Cash, Ph, the 6-bed facility provides a family-style retreat where its participants can have an internet and video-game-free therapeutic experience.
The center says that research suggests that anywhere from 6-10 % of the online population is dependent on one or more aspects of cyber technology and the internet. Among gamers, those playing multi-user games (like World of Warcraft) appear to be addicted at much higher levels. Both China and South Korea have designated Internet Addiction as their #1 public health danger and have responded by developing multiple treatment programs.
The treatment is structured to include individual and group therapy, life-skills coaching, cooperative living, physical and nutritional education, mindfulness training, work and home-maintenance skill-building, 12-step meetings, and weekly, off-site, high-adventure expeditions.
Visit the ReSTART website to read more.