A Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction
A voluntary, 10-day program is set to open on September 9 at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
The program was organized by experts in the field and cognitive specialists with backgrounds in treating more familiar addictions like drug and alcohol abuse.
Experts are quick to caution that mere dependence on modern technology does not make someone an Internet addict.
The 20-year-old who divides his time between his girlfriend and "World of Warcraft" likely does not require intensive treatment.
The program is designed for those whose lives are spiraling out of control because of their obsession with the Internet. These individuals have been stripped from their ability to function in daily life and have tried in the past to stop but cannot.
One addict was so stripped of his ability to function that he took to chewing Styrofoam cups.