Treatment for youth and families
Screens are hijacking our time.
They also have the potential to hijack our lives.
As the nation’s first and foremost leader in the treatment of screentime addictions, reSTART has worked with hundreds of families seeking relief from digital distractions.
We get it. Kids are fixated on their devices and families are less connected than ever before. Some say it’s a national crisis.
While teens may be showing signs and symptoms of addiction, few understand the need to treat mental health and screen problems together.
Video games, social media, and smartphones use sophisticated behavioral tools designed to hijack our brains and entice us to come back for more. And more. And more.
Teens simply want to fit in and do what feels good, leaving parents at a loss in knowing what to do and how to help. Over time, family conflicts arise as parents grow weary of policing their child’s device, and keeping their academic futures intact.
In addition to parent-child conflicts over use, parents notice an increase in depressive symptoms, anxiety, attention problems, and academic difficulties. As mental health providers, we understand the behavioral changes associated with screen use, and the ways excessive use impairs mental wellness.
Our evidence-based residential program helps teens get back on track with what matters most – life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your philosophy of change?
We see love, connection and belonging as the strongest motivator of change. We heavily emphasize group interactions because we want to see teens connecting, interacting and building healthy and strong relationships with each other, as well as with our talented, well-qualified staff, and their families.
First and foremost, we help teens establish a healthy, balanced and sustainable relationship with digital media while addressing underlying issues which keep them stuck. Ultimately, we strengthen the entire family system, not just the person distracted by screen use.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Each person is takes their own path to greatness. Some teens come in 8 semesters behind in school, some only 2. Others enroll to learn how to deal with feelings of depression or anxiety. Others just want to get back on track academically. Most leave doing significantly better in key areas than when they arrived. We offer year round academic support and credit recovery. Enrollment is usually by the semester.
Our summer intensive runs about 12 weeks but fills up quickly.
What services do you offer for Teens?
reSTART offers a family focused outcome-based therapeutic Residential Program for teens which provides:
- Safe home-like environment on a beautiful park-like campus
- Comprehensive assessments upon arrival
- Academic coaching 4:1 (or better), often 1:1
- Enrollment in our private school which offers Academic coaching 4:1 (often 1:1 ratios); with accredited coursework
- Daily groups, covering a broad range of relevant topics related to screen use
- Weekly individual sessions, with daily check-ins
- Weekly family focused phone calls
- Weekly parent coaching
- Campus filled with amenities such as basketball court, summer indoor pool, fitness center, music room, art center, yoga studio, horticulture center
- Connection with the outdoors on our 32-acre campus and conservation land properties
- Service and volunteer opportunities
Who is your program appropriate for?
reSTART is appropriate for teens 13-18 years of age (18 if they are still enrolled in school). We have capacity for 16 teens, with rolling admissions who may be dealing with any of the following problems:
- Unmanageable screen use
- Family problems
- Attention Deficit (ADHD)
- Isolation and lack of friendships
- De-conditioned, lack of exercise
- Poor diet, unhealthy eating
- Strained family relationships
- Unhealthy sleeping habits (up at night online)
- Decline in academic performance
- Low motivation
- School refusal
- Trauma related issues
- High-functioning autism spectrum (possible virtual autism)
In order to create a strong, safe & supportive community, we are unsuited for teens with significant substance use, aggression outside the home, eloping behaviors, those who are actively suicidal, and lower funcitioning ASD teens. We are happy to provide referrals to help your child get the appropriate care needed if we are not the best fit.
How do I enroll? Is there a waitlist?
As part of the enrollment process, you’ll have a conversation vy phonw to discuss your specialized care needs.
Length of stay is customized to accomodate treatment needs and family budgetary constraints. Most teens stay three to nine months.
Openings are on a first come first served basis, and openings occur only as people transition. Some months we carry a waitlist, in other months we do not (when we have several transition all in the same week).
Due to our small campus size, we suggest you get on the wait list as soon as possible. We’ve seen the entire campus fill up in 7 days in the past.
What do other parents say?
“I am thrilled to say that [my son] has exceeded my wildest expectations. He is thriving in ways I couldn’t even imagine. He has not played any video games since he left reSTART, which has been his choice. He is so excited about learning and is involved in many clubs at school. You not only gave me my son back, but you gave him his life back. As difficult as it was to drop him off in the midst of his screaming, crying and threats, it was by far the best decision I have ever made. More importantly, he would agree.”
We offer an intensive clinical therapeutic boarding school program designed to address underlying issues and foster healthy families
Our clinically based therapeutic program offers summer camp fun while addressing core issues leading to unhealthy digital use