Internet Rehab For NetAddicts!

"They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said: no, no, no!"  A 'rehab center' for all those socially networked, gaming addicts out there.... has opened its doors. And for the low, low cost of $14,500, your followers, contacts and friends can send you straight from your intervention to its Redmond, Washington headquarters.

reStart, a program specifically designed to help Internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and social networking can follow the infamous 12-step program during a 45-day stint.

Cosette RaeCosette RaeThe center was co-founded by Cosette Rae, MSW, and Hilarie Cash, PhD and was designed to help 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 and skill building.

There is also a special program for those specifically addicted to Twitter.

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Rae describes the rehab center in one of her recent tweets on Twitter (apparently she does not consider herself a Twitterholic) as a "rehab program to rewire high-tech junkies."

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.

And in case you cannot tell if you are truly a NetAddict, according to reStart here is what to look for (3-4 yes responses indicate abuse and 5 or more suggest an addiction).

  • Increasing amounts of time spent on computer and Internet activities
  • Failed attempts to control behavior
  • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and Internet activities
  • Craving more time on the computer and Internet
  • Neglecting friends and family
  • Feeling restless when not engaged in the activity
  • Being dishonest with others
  • Computer use interfering with job/school performance
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities
So, if any of these 'Internet Addiction Disorder' (IAD) signs or symptoms have raised awareness about your own addiction, we suggest you do not call Amy Winehouse, but best purchase your tickets straight-away to Redmond, Washington for that next flight out. And should you have second thoughts once you get there, Microsoft is only a few blocks away and I'm sure they will be able to hook you up with a quick Internet fix... if you really,really need it!

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Aug 24, 2009
by Anonymous

Define Internet Addiction

I think they will have a hard time defining it. The problems are too broad a spectrum and need specialized treatment most of the time. A one stop shop for IA..? Porn, Pedophiles, Procrastinators, Peeping Toms, Prostitutes, Politicians, and that is just one letter of the alphabet. The latter two intentionally paired.

Aug 25, 2009
by Anonymous

Too late for help ...

I read the symptoms. It just adds up to a perfectly normal working day in my opinion! Am I beyond recovery???


Aug 25, 2009
by Anonymous

Internet Rehab for Net Addicts

It doesn't surprise me. We hear a great deal about the dangers of texting while driving, but here in NYC I see people crossing the avenues while glued to their Blackberrys. It always strikes me as an addiction, since they can't wait for a safer environment to catch up on those all-important emails. And when someone spends hours surfing the Internet at home in the evening, instead of interacting with their family, it certainly seems like obsessive behavior.


Aug 26, 2009
by Anonymous

addiction and twitter things

Regards the addiction thing, it just sounds like a normal day to me! I must be beyond help!

With regards the "follow all who follow you rule" on twitter, I don't. I don't follow anyone with sexual content on their page, or with extreme political/religious views, or who are simply number collectors (4 tweets, following 4000). And anyone whose page particularly disturbs me I will block (@Dav
id you can stop anyone following you by blocking them).