KUTV: When The Virtual World Takes Over The Real World
Exclusive: When The Virtual World Takes Over The Real World
Meet the Smith family, as we will call them.
A successful doctor with a beautiful wife and two adorable girls, you'd never guess that Mr. Smith almost lost all of this because of an addiction to World of Warcraft.
Then there is 22-year-old Andrew - an intelligent and promising young man who had to drop out of college because Star Craft and World of Warcraft (WOW) became more important than his classes.
What helped these people addicted to the virtual world?
It's called the reSTART Internet & Technology Addiction Recovery - the only known recovery program in the country for internet video gaming.
Restart is about 850 miles northwest of Salt Lake. Based in Seattle, Restart takes clients far away from city life and the high tech world and off the beaten path in the backwoods.
Those staying here have no access to the internet or video games. They cook their own meals and have a daily routine that includes individual counseling and other activities.
To hear more about their recovery and the steps it took to make the real world actually real to them, watch Dan Rascon's exclusive story here on 2News.