reSTART, first US Internet addiction clinic opens

By Matthew
Aug 25, 2009
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  1. The first US gaming and texting addiction clinic is now open for business. Positioned 13 miles away from Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the reSTART Internet Addiction Recover Program provides a 45-day intensive care program for Internet and game addicts. The package comes complete with psychotherapy, 12-step group counseling, nutritional education, personalized fitness plans, and "high adventure outings."

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  2. There should be an X-Box controller as the pic, those kids play more than PlayStation users, and are very abusive.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    There you go tiger, request granted.
  4. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    hahahah, only attention *****s go there.
  5. Captain828

    Captain828 TechSpot Guru Posts: 277

    Wait, they also give you *****s there??
    Too bad I'm not sick...
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    I can just imagine some of the 12 steps...
    Step 1: Unplug Console
    Step 2: Go outside and experience actual sunlight
    ...
    Step 11: Make friends that aren't l33t gankers
    Step 12: Get a (real) girlfriend
  7. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    imagine when they are cured,

    and they have withdrawls,

    "man im really craving some halo 3:dead:"
  8. Twister123

    Twister123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 219

    they take internet addiction very seriously in china its big over there and holland has treatment centres for video game addicts and apparently alcoholics and video game addicts relate to each others symptoms .
  9. That $14,500 could buy me a few PS3's maybe an X-Box, some exclusives and cross platform titles an HDTV a 7.1 stereo system a lazy boy chair, a trip to the supermarket, an alarm system for my home, then locked down for a few months in my basement and play games all day and night long.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,321   +370

    LOL...$14,500 because you can't walk away from the Internet or a game? Hell, give me $5,000, I'll pop the CPU out of your PC and we're all good - addiction solved. ;-)
  11. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    Sorry, but for $14,500 I could put a nice down payment on a house. I can quit at any time. I swear.
     
  12. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    Almost seems like a joke to me :p
    But i guess when I worked at office max there was a couple that came in, looked like they were strung out on crack. Wanted to buy a router and some other computer stuff. When I asked them if it was for a particular use, they said as long as it will work with Ever Crack err Quest.
    Made me laugh
  13. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 Newcomer, in training Posts: 213

    I think with most medical conditions (especially the newer ones like Internet addiction) there is a level of truth in them, but there are also many other people using it as an excuse. I'll be the first to admit that when I'm on vacation and don't have my PC or an internet connection i feel a little lost. But by no means will I 'tweak' if i dont have internet for a week or a month.
    If this place can help the people who really need it, its a great thing...if they are trying to capitalize on the general stupidity of people in large quantities...then maybe not. But hey, its America, make a product, sell it, win...that's the modum operadi
    $14k for 45 days, rent, food, and "adventure trips" included, not really a bad deal. yes its out of my price range, but I can easily see 5-6k of this just covering the basic expenses like rent ($100/night for a decent hotel; I bet this is on par if not more), food ($22 a day is still $1000), and electricity. Plus the labor and overhead of the staff and the cost of transporting people to the adventures and costs to do the adventure.
    And to the first poster, what proof can you offer the xbox players are more addicted then playstation users....sounds awfully fanboy-ish to me
  14. Eddie_42, very nice post.

    People have all kinds of addictions, drugs, alcohol, sex, work, video games, smoking, etc. If you don't have any addictions good for you, however there are people who need help and can't just walk away without it. If the addiction is real then some of these costs should be covered by insurance.
  15. @Eddie_42:
    There are just too many surveys done for you not to realize that X-box users spend longer time playing, than PStation users. Am going off the surveys. I urge you to do a web search.
  16. viperpfl

    viperpfl TechSpot Member Posts: 40

    Does being addicted to TECHSPOT count?
  17. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

  18. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce Newcomer, in training Posts: 129

    I know that some teenagers need a boot from their games, but shouldn't a good parent be able to do so? I know i got my teen motivated and off of world of warcraft. Whilst he still plays it, he's now more interested in life.
    Instead of 15k, why not try actually getting "with it" and trying some real parenting applied to the modern world?
    As for taking the internet relation away completely... Why would you do so? People need a break from reality.
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Not really a good start when you get there and its called the' internet addiction 'Crysis' Center'
  20. Twister123

    Twister123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 219


    I guess its like any addiction , they can't handle it in any amount . Good parenting might get them of the path to addiction before its to late but the early signs aren't as easy to spot as someone getting drunk all the time or always smelling of weed , internet porn addiction would be more worrying .
  21. Xecutor

    Xecutor Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    LMAO red! Good one!
    I feel, as someone else has said, that there is a real underlying truth to this, but the way it is positioned is too "commercialized" for it to hold any weight except for the people who are "desperate ones"...
    AND, 14k$ is a bit much for anyone.
  22. Twister123

    Twister123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 219

    14k what internet addict or any addict for that matter would have that amount of cash , google and the likes should be paying for the clinics .
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Hey Twister,
    maybe Eric Schmidt should do PSA's about "responsible internet" like Gary loveman does for Harrahs
  24. Twister123

    Twister123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 219

    I had to do a google on all of that red , have a look at where I'm living , we don't get much news on Harrahs and Gary loveman over here , but with the financial boom of the past , casinos , strip clubs, prostitution and cocaine sprung up over night here in a big way , now everyone's skint clinics are full to burst , there's a pattern here somewhere I think .
  25. viperpfl

    viperpfl TechSpot Member Posts: 40

    Thought I would add a little amusement :D
    I actually don't consider something that someone enjoys classified as an addiction. If we go that route, then we might as well classify a lot of things we do as an addiction. I would be seeing the shrink everyday for my addiction to computers, chocolate, fishing, music, movies, etc.
    Sure there are some people who take the use of the internet a little to far but people do it with a lot of other things as well. The internet is not the problem, it's those people who are using it.
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