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Thursday February 18, 2016

Inside The Nation’s First Rehab Center For Video-Game Addicts

Whether or not you believe that video games are the "meth of the digitally addicted world," this article is still pretty interesting. It's just so strange reading an article about gamers that sounds more like it is describing patients in a rehab center for alcohol and drug addiction.

Since then ReSTART has treated something like 200 people. A typical stay lasts between 45 and 90 days, and costs $26,000 (expensive-sounding, but typical for live-in rehab of any type). Upon arrival patients must surrender all digital devices. Nearly every ReSTART patient is a male between the ages of 18 and 28. (The program has recently started accepting women, but so far they are thin on the ground.) ReSTART occasionally accepts patients bedeviled by online shopping or social media, but video games are the meth of the digitally addicted world: wildly popular and horribly destructive.