Highest praise for the reSTART program
We’d like to offer our high praises and endorsement for the reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery program. In the fall of 2010, our son arrived home from a disastrous college experience at a military school. While at college, he received harassment from the upperclassmen on his ability to ‘fit in’ which led to his retreat into a virtual world and one in which he would stay on-line for hours on end playing on-line games.
Our son was diagnosed as suffering from depression and had suicidal and self injury thoughts. We were at a complete loss as to how to address the situation and worked with multiple local counselors, psychologists and educational testers. No one seemed to be able to break though and after an unsuccessful attempt at a local community college, we knew we needed help our local community could not provide. After researching the options, we contacted Cosette and were immediately impressed with her knowledge of the gaming issues and the program that she and Hillarie Cash had started in the metro Seattle area. We enrolled our son in the program and noticed an improvement from one week to another during our weekly calls. The Family Bridge website was (and continues to be) a great source of information for us all. Cosette identified Asperger traits in our son which helped in explaining a lot of the reasons why he had encountered such an insurmountable challenge while away at military school. Our son was very receptive to the diagnosis and now after being back at home, has really come to terms with how Asperger’s affects his life and ways he can compensate in areas where he struggles. He now has a job and is doing well in college classes. Not to mention, a much more positive attitude and renewed self-confidence. He is learning how to live with computer games (used in moderation) thanks to the tips he learned at reSTART on how to enjoy real life again.
We are truly thankful to Cosette, Gary, Hillari, Linden, Ann and the rest of the therapists at reSTART for giving us our son back. I hate to think of what might have happened without their timely intervention and the compassionate care they provided for our son and for us.
Received June 22, 2011
I just wanted to write a quick note and let you know how grateful we are for the program you have and what it sounds like it is doing for my nephew. I just sent him a note and in it I mentioned that I would love to come visit him in Washington this summer.
Received June 9, 2011
Video gaming has had a huge impact on my family
What started out as a fun activity for my son, has to a large degree taken over his life. He is a bright and creative young man but in the last couple of years has dropped all other interests and activities. He is angry and sad, and has lost initiative as well as dreams for his future. I have tried various strategies for limiting his computer game use to no avail. His desire to play, and to escape whatsoever is painful for him seems to be the main driving force in his life right now. It has meant that he has not graduated with his class, has lost his job, does not have his drivers license and has not participated in lots of what life has to offer in terms of activities outside of the virtual life. I'm hopeful that some time away from technology will remind him of important parts of himself that have been put away. I'm grateful for this program and that my son now has a desire to move beyond gaming and back into his life. --Peggy