While there may still be debate among gaming and internet enthusiasts on the impacts of a new study from Australia says that nearly 1 and 10 gamers are addicted.
This has caused addiction recovery programs to pop up around the country, like the reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program outlined in a Time Magazine article in 2009. ReStart’s mission is “specifically oriented towards launching tech dependent youth and adults back into the real world.” Like other addiction programs, reStart’s offers a breadth of services including a 12 step recovery program, and services to support the parents through the process.
It’s hard to believe that something like games, that often times start as something harmless and fun can become an all consuming part of someone’s life and identity. The existence of programs like this, should along serve as a wake up for parents who are see their kids consuming focus on video games, computers and other media as “just a phase.”
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