US Hospital Now Offering Rehab for Internet Addicts
10-week, $14K program involves a 'digital detox'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2013 2:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hospital inpatient programs for treating addicts aren't new. But this one is: A Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital will become the first of its kind to offer a program for Internet addicts, reports Fox News. "[Internet addiction] is a problem in this country that can be more pervasive than alcoholism," says the psychologist who founded the 10-week voluntary program at Bradford Regional Medical Center. "The Internet is free, legal and fat free."

The program, designed by experts with backgrounds in treating drug and alcohol addiction, costs $14,000 out of pocket and starts with a 72-hour "digital detox." Patients then learn ways to keep their Internet usage to a minimum in daily life and avoid using addictive applications. Meanwhile, Japan has taken a different route for tackling the affliction: The country's government is proposing funding "Internet-free camps" for kids, where they will be forced forgo their XBoxes and iPhones in favor of fresh air and outdoor games, reports the Telegraph.

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Sep 3, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
Human's will have addictions it this hard to avoid. Alcohol and drugs kills not only addicts but also innocent by standers. Where Internet addiction or gaming addiction is just a threat to immediate user, if they alone without family that's fine but I know stories where gaming addiction broke the families and nobody does anything about it. Those companies who came up with this staff should be held responsible. In China or Japan gaming addiction is considered psychiatric issue.
Sep 3, 2013 9:22 AM CDT
You give them $14,000 and they send you home with a $20 sledge hammer and tell you to smash all of your electronic stuff.
Sep 2, 2013 7:55 PM CDT
Bull. That doesn't fit "addiction". It's just the new way we live here on modern Earth. It's a fact : They've evaluated the top four manmade inventions of ALL TIME that have forever (very dramatically) and permanently changed the world for the better and how we live... 1) The Wheel 2) The Plow 3) The Printing press 4) The Internet