Internet and Gaming Addiction - Status: Online Addicted to Games

Welcome to the Age of Recovery

It's time to update the addictions and this time we enter the virtual world. Everyone known for a long time you could become addicted to World of Warcraft, Runescape, MapleStory, and basically any online game. Games aren't the only internet problem, there are also gambling, roleplaying, pornographic, and much other addictions to the internet itself. Until now, no one really understood what to believe when it came to computers "its just a stage" "its naturally for kids nowadays" and other excuses were created all in vain as it has become a full blown addiction status.

reSTART's Mission Statement

The reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program is specifically oriented towards launching tech dependent youth and adults back into the real world. 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.

Addition costs money.
Addition costs money.

The Authority Figure.

Dr. Hilarie Cash , author of Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control, has taken her studies to a level that she can start to treat people with the addiction. This is where reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program comes in.

How does reSTART work?

reSTART is a 45 day ongoing recovery course to help break addiction. People who are administrated into the program aren't allowed to even see a computer during the time. It's almost like a hotel type fix where until your cured you stay. Located in Fall City, addiction to MMORPG's or the internet in general is cured. Studies shown 5-10% of all computer users are addicted to some level. These additions can make the person lose thousands of dollars, lose time of there life, break established relationships and friendships, and even may make you lose your life. The physical health concerns of people addicted to computers are: weight gain\loss, back aches, head aches, ear problems, carpal tunnel, and a few others. The risk of losing your life made this a real enough condition to find a solution to recovery.

And a costly recovery it is...

What could you do with $1,000? Think in your head all the things possible, new tv or a vacation maybe? Could it be a down payment for a new car or maybe get the air conditioner in your car repaired. Well if you can't even think about losing $1,000 your in for a surprise, times it by 14.5 and you got your cost! Thats right...$14,500 PER PERSON!!!

That sounds insane to me! If a doctor ever told my father I was addicted to the internet he would though me out of the house and lock the door till nightfall. That is just an insane amount of money for what most anyone sees as something that doesn't need a cure.

I Know I Am!

I am addicted to the internet. I know I am. I known ever since I pulled an All-Nighter. The only difference between my addiction and the general case taken at the program is I don't need the internet, I will want to be on it at sometime but I can still function and live. I am sure all but 2 of that list applies or have applied to me before.

Where is it Located?


1001 290th Ave SE

Fall City, WA

98024-7403

USA

Official reSTART Site

Are you addicted?

reSTART offers a survey to take to see if your addicted or not. On one of there major pages there is a "ask yourself" list as follows:

Here is what to look for (3-4 yes responses suggest abuse; 5 or more suggest 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

Developed by Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD. of Internet and Computer Addiction Services.

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I think I was close to being addicted but after about 10 hours I know I have had enough.


Takinoxy 7 years ago

The problem is not the addiction, but what causes it. Not many people will say they got perfect lives and are all happy. Be it game addiction, wire, drugs, alcohol, meds, whatever, there is probably something behind that ´need´ that creates to...errr.. release the power inside into any of those called addictions.

I am addicted to mmorpgs because they give me something RL does not, so what? I managed it myself by playing less. Some like to read a book after work, I play online, now at moderate times. At some point you see on your own that you are/were addicted and need to change that. Most see it, I don't know any statistics numbers, then change it. I can perfectly live without it, but some years back I am not sure I could say this.

Thanks for sharing.


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Jennitasia 7 years ago from Arkansas

Thanks for sharing, I am glad I am not the only one addicted to the computer!


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Aqua 6 years ago from California

Interesting hub! I agree that it seems like lots of people are addicted to the internet, games, and even IPhones, Blackberry, iPods etc. The recovery place you mentioned costs more than some alcohol and drug rehab places! btw: you used some great photos for this hub - very clever!


confused @ 42 6 years ago

Currently my life is crashing down around me due to excessive online gaming and the associated chat that seems so innocent and fun at first but turns into a dirty secret without even knowing the difference....I am at rock bottom right now and need help to overcome this. This addiction is as real as any other and I will be seeking medical help to beat it as I dont know how to do it on my own.


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Helen Cater 6 years ago from UK

What worries me is that are children are becoming just as addicted as the parents. Some of these gaming sites encourage youngsters to spend their hard earned money to either improve their game or to gamble. I feel for this at one time in my life and made a valid attempt to stop. I now go no where near sites like this.


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jabyrd82 6 years ago from Farmington,New Mexico

Thats funny like your hub man i also have a seriously bad addiction to the internet oh and the XBOX:-) And yet still find time for HP!!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice information. thanks for the greatest tips.


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zadrobi 6 years ago from Carbondale, IL

Haha no way! I didn't think places like that existed! I think you should make a movie about someone in rehabilitation for a computer addiction :)

Another intriguing hub!


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itcoll 6 years ago

i am not addicted to games but definitely to RSS feeds and google reader :D


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GreenTieCommando 6 years ago from USA

That's a 14.5k gone to waste. I've been free of video games for 3 months and came back to play World of Warcraft... Kinda like gorging on ice cream after a long diet.


Lee 6 years ago

Sooo. I take care of my son all day long because my fiancee has a job in the medical feild that pays extreamly well. When she is home I like to play a couple of half hour long games sometimes more. I also cook and clean etc (cleaning is hard with a little boy I wont lie about that) hwoever when they go to sleep I like to play for another 5-6 hours at night. I have always been a late night person since I was 12. So is it a problem you think?


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thranax 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA Author

@Lee

Well, no I dont think its a problem. Its only a problem if the gaming interferes with your life. If your still taking care of your son and doing everything you need to do around the house, your free time is yours! The lack of sleep might be bad for your health though. And its also a good idea to still go out with your fiancee or hang out with the guys for a football game or something. I have more then 100 times done all nighters for a videogame. (Friday afternoon to Saturday 1am)

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