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Addicted To The Internet? Go To Rehab, Seriously...

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If you are willing to pay for it, chances are you can find almost everything out there for any need you may have. Here's something new and perhaps even creative - a cure for internet addiction. I am completely serious.

Now there is a treatment center right here in the U.S. America's first hospital-based "internet addiction" inpatient rehab program opens this week at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in central Pennsylvania.

The voluntary, ten day program will focus on patients with more serious cases of Internet addiction, and provide individual, group and family therapy. The program was organized by experts in the field and cognitive specialists who have a background in treating addictions like drug and alcohol abuse.

The patients must first forgo the use of the Internet for at least 72 hours before entering. Once in the program, patients will undergo group therapy and physiological evaluations.

There are many who are debating if this really is an addiction. I have often joked with people that I am addicted, or that they are addicted, but I was never really serious...

According to one addiction specialist, he says he hopes the group will be able to present the disease concept of addiction, in that it is a disease, it runs in phases just like cancer does- stage one, two, three, and four. I understand what he is trying to say, as far as phases are concerned, but I have to admit it really bothered me that internet addiction was in any way associated with cancer. There should be a better way of explaining it.

Anyway, the problem that he predicts, is that someone will come in and pay $20,000 to $90,000 for treatment and fail to realize that they have a real problem. A problem that can only be solved if you take it seriously and abstain from old behavior.

The creators of this program stress that these methods are only for those who are severely addicted, where the internet is running their lives. The treatment isn't cheap by the way- it costs $14,000 person and insurance is not accepted.

Most people these days have to use the internet to do their job, there is no other way around it. For others it's a habit, it seems like the thing to do while waiting in line at the grocery store, the car wash, the doctor's office... pretty much any free moment we get.

But is "addiction" really the right word for this? And do you really need to spend time and money (lots of money) to have someone tell you to change your habits?

I am pretty sure most of us can set tech-free times or zones and change our patterns on our own. Personally I am trying to take breaks on weekends from all social media- no emails, no Facebook, no Twitter. It feels great when I am able to pull it off, I am mentally relaxed once Monday rolls around.

But I will say this... I am curious to see how this "internet addiction" rehab plays out, what the success rate is, and how many people actually end up dropping thousands of dollars to try this out.

Maybe there is more to it. maybe...

As for me.. time to start my time out!

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