Social Responsibility Practices
Much like the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), where alcohol abuse and dependence was considered a moral failing, problematic digital technology users are likewise subjected to similar social stigma with heavy consumers being ridiculed for not simply "unplugging" and detaching from their devices, consoles, handhelds, and computers. Social pressure to label and criticize users (rather than seeking to understand the neurological nature and science of addiction medicine) brings guilt and shame to those individuals who have a difficult time balancing their use.
INCREASING SOCIAL AWARENESS
Since 1994, reSTART's founders have been involved in problematic digital technology awareness and research by educating users, community members, professionals and governing organizations around the world on the effects of over-consumption.
Rather than simply educating users on how to "stop" using technology problematically, reSTART deviated from the traditional substance abuse treatment model, and opted for a completely individualized, personal emphasis on lifestyle sustainability, personal vision, accountability and community support as the means of assisting users in understanding and managing their digital media use and consumption.
TREATMENT MILIEU: POSITIVE PEER-CULTURE and COMMUNITY BUILDING
At reSTART, our aim is to provide a therapeutic environment based on the positive ideals of human functioning to foster "thriving individuals, families and communities," as outlined by Martin Seligman, a pioneer in the newly emerging positivity movement.
POWER DOWN and GREEN UP
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