All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
ReSTART has found, in the last 10 years specializing in treatment and recovery of Internet and Video Game Addiction, the most important tool for lasting recovery is relationships. ReSTART has never stopped innovating for the young adults and adolescents who have enrolled serving families from the United States and around the world. Since students who are enrolled from the United States or around the world may struggle forming relationships, ReSTART has found that allowing clients to form bonds and connections with animals is a great step towards being able to form strong relationships with peers.
At ReSTART’s Rise Up Ranch, clients are asked to take care of a variety of different animals. Taking care of the animals allows students to think outside themselves, increase empathy, improve responsibility, establish purpose, and start forming connections. One of ReSTART’s favorite animals is a fainting goat named “Darn It”. Now “Darn It” is the smallest goat at the ranch and she needs to be handled with care. If she is startled, she will seize up and fall over (a reaction to anxiety that many of our clients can connect with). “Darn It” also has a stomach issue which requires the clients to feed her Pepto Bismol in the evenings. One client stated that “the animals give us therapy, and we give them therapy”. The ReSTART clients love “Darn It” and go out of their way to make sure she is well taken care of.
By getting students out of the comfort zone, away from screens, and connecting with animals, ReSTART has seen that their willingness to examine their struggles and adopt new healthier life changes greatly increases. By caring for something other than their addictions, they can help reprioritize their lives and start moving forward in recovery. And with a face like “Darn It’s,” how can you not?!
Headquartered in Fall City, Washington, reSTART is a leading advocate of healthy sustainable digital media use (internet, VR, and videogames) for people and the planet. ReSTART offers staffed residential care for youth (13-17) and life sharing retreats for adults (ages 18-30), along with independent living support.