Bake Cookies, Beat Internet Addiction

More details on exactly how a new facility treats Internet addiction have emerged via an article on the ShanghaiDaily website.

The reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program, which opened its doors earlier this year in the state of Washington, takes a cold turkey approach to treating Internet addicts and attempts to fill their days with a mix of counseling and daily chores, such as baking cookies.

The program has its first patient, 19-year old Ben Alexander, who said his World of Warcraft addiction caused him to flunk out of the University of Iowa. The center can handle up to six patients at a time, but draws the line at accepting Internet sex addicts, as the retreat’s owner, Psychotherapist Cosette Dawna Rae, lives in the facility with her family.

This story claims the 45-day program costs $14,000, differing from earlier reports that pegged the figure at $45,000.

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    Kharne says:

    HEY! Wait a sec…

    "…a mix of counseling and daily chores, such as baking cookies….Psychotherapist Cosette Dawna Rae, lives in the facility with her family."

    So, let me see if I have this stright… they pay you $14K to come and do chores in your home? Hehehe, A maid that pays you, that’s clever. The real kicker though? If it turns out they’re not cured of the internets? Well, they can always pay to do more of your chores….

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    Father Time says:

    Do does this institute has any accredation or what?


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    Speeder says:

    Altough addiction to ANYTHING is possible, I don’t think that there are really sufficient cases of internet/computer/online/games addiction to warrant such centers.

    There are people that has other problems, and use these as tools to solve their problem, like some people that get drunk to forget problems (and these cases, sending them to the anonymous alcohoolics does not help), or in extreme cases, suicides.

    I know people that got themselves playing in entire days and nights, like people say a "MMORPG addict", but what they were addicted was not the game itself, it was the community of the game, they needed the other people that played the game and made them happy, while at home they got parents that ignored them, were bullied at school and only got more problems instead of solutions because of their socially defensive behavior.

    If you see for example the case of Columbine, yes, they do played too much games and were socially withdraw, but people forget that as they started to accumulate problems, they got punished instead of helped, only spiraling them more.

    I saw stuff like that in person (happily, without the shooting), and I am one that sometimes go dangerously toward that path too, hated people search someone to love them, if they find respect on a game that they pwn everyone else, they will stick there, until people keep hating them enough to make them feel that they have nothing to lose, when a person reach this point the result is a suicide, sometimes taking others with them.

    The solution for those "adictions" is not a addiction center, it is more care, strong family values, and a educated society that don’t act in a extremely individualistic way all the time.


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    nightwng2000 says:

    So defeat one "addiction" by encouraging another (food addiction) and unhealthy eating practices as well as encouraging scapegoatism rather than facing the real problem of why he choose escapism (in general) over performing certain important tasks such as school work.

    Imagine a sign that says "Professionals at work" with a circle around the words and a line drawn through them.


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    Zen says:

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    (Fair warning…tad bit of language so be careful at work or wear headphones)

    Yoshi’s Cookie:
    Trauma Center:

    Now enjoy and laugh. 

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    Ah of course.  VIDEO GAMES made him flunk out. He didn’t just fail at classes and give up, deciding to waste the rest of the semester is his dorm room playing WoW, like another case I know of.

    Now, an anecdote.  The following is a real story.  Names will not be given, but I will make them up.  This isn’t an embellishment, it is the gospel truth.

    An individual, one whom we shall call John, began college in 2005  His first semester, he lived in a lovely suite, one of the few in his dorm.  As such, he had a room to himself, as well as a shared bathroom, kitchenette, and living room.  The first few weeks, he went to class, and struggled to keep his grades at the C to D range.  He played WoW during his spare time, and had a mediocre social life (mainly due to the fact that he was basically socially retarded).  About the time that mid-term testing began, his grades dipped into the D-F range, and he gave up.  He spent all his time in his dorm room, eating cheetos and other packaged chips/cracker sandwiches, and was never off the computer.  Eventually, his parents came to the school, and took his credit card, his money, his laptop, and all his games, hoping to get him to at least attend class again.  Instead, he sold his books to students who had lost theirs, managing to scrounge up enough money to buy a cheap laptop and a CO2 powered airsoft gun, and was caught shooting at cars and people in the parking lot outside of his dorm room with it.  He was expelled for doing so, and because his attendance and grades were garbage.  He was expelled before the first semester ended.

    Moral of the story?  Academic failure came first, his jackassery came later.  And no, I didn’t witness this whole event; it was a friend’s child.  And the story makes me laugh and laugh and laugh


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    Sporge says:

    Hmmm I think this is a scam….. I bake cookies and love the internet…. 

    Either way something like the internet is only an addiction if you let it control your life, knowing how to let go of it is essential to survive in the world at all.  My problem with this type of treatment is that they treat it like it were a drug, when really it isn’t entirely bad for you.  What those suffering from this need to learn is how to apply moderation to the internet, not cut it out of thier lives completely.

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    DarkSaber says:

    $10 says Ben has a relapse within a fortnight of finishing the course.


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    DarkSaber says:

    Lets hope they dont start beating people to death like in China.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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