Is screen use taking over your life?
Time spent using technology, playing video games, posting on social media, streaming, or surfing twitch is highly engaging to many. But screen use is only part of the problem. Frequent use is associated with attention deficit issues, anxiety and depression.
People often seek help for depression and anxiety without exploring the ways digital technology use and gaming may be contributing to their symptoms. We examine the issues leading to the problems you are experiencing and work together to build a plan for a healthier future.
Whether you are seeking help with mental health issues, or simply needing to change your digital media use, people report feeling healthier, and more hopeful in moving forward in life both during treatment and after.
Our evidence-based care assists people get back on track with what matters most – life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your philosophy of change?
Many online actions are driven by a need to engage, feel challenged, and to be valued. Although it may feel like we are connecting to each other, the use of digital media in our daily lives may lead to an “illusion of connectedness.”
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?
While each person’s journey is unique, there are four stages of growth needed to invite lasting change.
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?
Our program offers:
- 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?
reSTART is appropriate for emerging adults seeking support for screen dependence and co-occurring mental health conditions, or those taking a gap year. Our program offers rolling admission for people coping with the following issues:
- 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?
As part of the enrollment process, you’ll have a conversation by phone to discuss your specialized care needs.
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.
Thoughts from former clients
“reSTART has helped put me out of my comfort zone and ease my fears towards change and social interaction. I have restructered who I am and who I want to be. I learned of my ignorance, my stubborness, and came to the realization that taking a break is ok as long as you are moving forward. I have felt the effects of working out and seen the benefit it has on my health. Rediscovered the joy of laughting and the confort of tears. reSTART has been a journey and for all I am, I hope, pray, and work towards keeping what Ive learned here a part of my life.”
“When I first heard of reSTART, I imagined a sterile, impersonal, hospital-like environment. But my imagination could not have been more wrong. From the moment I settled down at the ranch for the detox phase of the program, I felt welcomed by the staff, and cared about as an individual. I enjoyed getting to take care of the many animals at the ranch; the horses, the goats, the kittens, the chickens, and Lasso our dog. I came to see the Ranch almost as a second home. At Heavensfield I made new friends, and became more focused on learning about myself and my addiction. But most of all, I am grateful for my fellow clients at restART, who are always fun and entertaining to be around, and very supportive of each other. In my time here, I feel that I have matured emotionally, and honed many skills that will help me manage my life in the future. I’d like to thank my family, because without their support, I would not be here at all.
Bringing like-minded people together to build strong healthy futures and happier lives
Located in the Bellevue Technology Center in Bellevue, Washington