All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
REDMOND, WA – Just northeast of Seattle’s tech giants Microsoft, Google and Amazon, rests Serenity Mountain, a 32-acre videogame and Internet addiction recovery center. Set to open this month, it is reSTART’s newest residential campus for teens ages 13-18.
reSTART has been helping young adults (18-30) since 2009 and over those seven years there has been a steady inquiry of where to seek help for teens. "This is a much-needed resource for families,” said Company CEO and co-founder Cosette Rae. “Our office has received thousands of calls from parents over the years and the ages of children that need help are continually getting younger. An ever-increasing number of children are choosing to step out of life and into their devices."
Technology-focused addiction centers are not new in other countries. After labeling Internet addiction as a public health crisis, both China and South Korea have opened hundreds of dedicated Internet addiction centers. According to Pew Research Center, 73 percent of American teens have access to a smartphone, 87 percent have access to a computer, and 91 percent of teenage boys have access to a gaming console.
“I have heard from many distraught parents who are experiencing this reality with their teenagers. These parents feel extremely isolated and helpless when it comes to helping their kids and screen addiction,” Delaney Ruston, MD, Director of “Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age” said, “My hope is that someday soon we will have many more places like reSTART in our country.”
reSTART will care for up to 16 adolescents at its Serenity Mountain campus and will range from eight weeks to 12 months in length. The program’s three-phase approach allows teens to take a break from their screens, develop a plan to manage their digital media use, and then strategize how best to carry out this plan going forward.
Hope and understanding are in no short supply, according to a former reSTART client, “I have found a peace with the chaotic nature of the world that I never could have attained without reSTART’s help.”
About reSTART Life, LLC
reSTART was established in 2009 and continues to help youth and adults (18-30) to lead healthy sustainable lives. For more information visit reSTART Life at www.netaddictionrecovery.com.