Excessive device use getting in the way?
Gain the skills you need to manage your life.
Wake up, pick up your device, connect, text, chat, surf and game. Grab some food, throw on something to wear, and try to focus on the day.
Our lives are consumed with digital media. We seem to be focused less about what’s outside of our devices, and more about the world we witness behind the screen. We binge and surf on a steady diet of media, influencers, gamers, streamers, protesters and anti-protestors.
Is this how life was meant to be lived? Constant connection, but through disconnection? Alone, but together? Consuming the world through a device?
The short answer is no. Don’t be fooled into thinking that excessive and out of control digital use is healthy. If this were true, we likely wouldn’t be seeing the high numbers of depressed, anxious and worried people.
One of the gifts of life is the presence of uninterrupted time – time to reflect, time to think and time to focus on what we’d like our lives to become.
Thinking and planning about where you want to go and how you’ll get there, does wonders for building a successful life. But it all takes time.
While there are many types of things you could do while taking a gap year, spending time learning about your own mental health and the ways you may be overly using digital media might be one of the best investments you’ll ever make.
Our evidence-based care assists people get back on track with what matters most – life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your philosophy of change?
In over 10 years of working with adults who use screens heavily, it’s not the cascading series of events undermining a person’s quality of life that creates lasting change, it’s the connection to like-minded people who listen and understand that fosters hope.
Our programs are founded on the belief that love, connection and belonging are central to a desire to change.
How long is your program?
The first step involves taking a break from “all things tech” at our sober living ranch. This is followed by an intensive retreat where a sustainable plan is developed and shared. Next is ongoing guidance and mentoring offered by a team of clinical specialists. As you’re ready, ongoing support is available to assist you in maintaining a healthy sustainable lifestyle.
What adult programs do you offer?
- A safe life-sharing community where you spend time with others seeking lifestyle balance
- Comprehensive assessments upon arrival
- Daily workshops covering a broad range of relevant topics related to mental health and screen use
- Weekly individual sessions with daily check-ins
- Campus filled with amenities such as music studio, art room, thinker-maker space, and recreation center
- Connection with nature on our multiple campuses
- Opportunities to care for animals
- Service and volunteer opportunities
What are your screening criteria?
- Unmanageable screen or internet use, video game play, virtual and augmented reality, and social media problematic use
- Attention Deficit (ADD/ADHD)
- Isolation and lack of friendships
- De-conditioned, lack of exercise
- Poor diet, unhealthy eating
- Strained family relationships
- Family conflict
- Unhealthy sleeping habits (up at night online)
- Decline in academic performance
- Poor employment engagement
- Low motivation
- Trauma related issues
- High-functioning autism spectrum (possible virtual autism)
In order to create a strong, safe & supportive community, we are unsuited for those with significant substance use, aggression outside the home, eloping behaviors, those who are actively suicidal, or those with an inability to function on their own.
We are happy to provide outside referrals as needed.
How do I enroll? Is there a waitlist?
Length of stay is customized to accommodate treatment needs and family budgetary constraints. Most adults stay three to twelve months.
As the nations premier treatment provider for digital addiction services, we often carry a waitlist to get in.
Due to our small campus size, we suggest you enroll and be placed on the waitlist as soon as possible.