All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
ReSTART is the first ever center for internet and video game addiction. They have been working hard for ten years on, not only supporting and helping struggling adolescents and young adults, but also on spreading awareness and educating the helping community around internet and video game addiction. Through their work, and seeing the devastation that this struggle has had on the young adult population, ReSTART decided to be more proactive and try and tackle this problem at an earlier age, with hopes of having clients avoid the repercussions of a prolonged struggle with video game/ internet addiction. To accomplish this, ReSTART opened up the adolescent program over two years ago with extremely high levels of success.
What ReSTART has found when working with the population of students ages 13-18 is several key behaviors that show the need for treatment. Many of the ReSTART applicatants have experienced a steep decline in grades, or are refusing to go to school at all. School does not hold the same level of importance for these students, as school is not where their friends are located. School is actually where they experience the most “failure” both socially and academically, especially if academics requires them to be on their computer for extended periods of time. ReSTART has also seen clients come in either underweight or overweight, due to lack of exercise and poor diet. These clients are generally not sleeping, or are sleeping during the day, and are showing high levels of defiance in the home, especially when parents try to set limits on their tech use.
The need for recognizing this struggle is wildly important. One of the hurdles for parents is that their children aren’t displaying some of the “dangerous” behaviors that might require immediate action. These students aren’t sneaking out of the house, or doing drugs, or having unprotected sex, or any number of other behaviors that would cause parents to immediately seek treatment. Parents might even believe that even though their child is in their room on devices for 12 hours a day and not going to school, at least they are “safe”. What parents don’t realize is that this struggle is destroying their young folks and preventing them from leading healthy, positive, well balanced lives. This addiction will prevent them from staying in school, holding jobs, living independently from parents, and forming families of their own.
Without treatment these children will be children forever.
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.