Pioneering Internet ‘detox’ center charges $45,000 – looks to cure online addicts

Are you spending wakeless hours trying to master World of Warcraft? Would you rather send a friend a text mesage than meet in person? Do you sometimes fall asleep at the keyboard?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may have an Internet addiction. But now there’s help. The reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program — a first of its kind center in the U.S. — recently opened its doors on a tranquil 5-acre spread in Fall City just a few miles away from Microsoft’s headquarters.

Most people go to treatment for cocaine or booze, but the creators of reStart say Internet addiction is a growing problem.

The 45-day program — which costs $14,500 — is designed specifically “to help internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and other aspects of Internet Addiction,” according to the press release.


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