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My story of gaming addiction

Finding freedom from compulsive living and video gaming addiction https://youtu.be/vzZtOtV05sI I graduated from the reSTART life program in December of 2013 and have been in recovery ever since. I'd like to tell you a bit of my story. I started gaming in my early...

Treatment for video gaming changed my self-worth

Three Words I'm Learning How To Say Video transcript of one of our clients who had been a heavy user of video games and sought video game addiction treatment: Hey. When I came in, I was ready to jump right in. I quit nicotine and was ready to face my issues by the...

Como reStart rescato a mi hijo

 Transcript of a letter received from one of our parents: Hace tan solo año y medio yo me sentía  frustrada, triste e impotente por no haber sido capaz de rescatar a mi hijo del hoyo en el que se encontraba profundamente aislado de su familia y de la sociedad....

Gaming addiction treatment changed my mindset

My story: It's OK to ask for help  reSTART has completely changed my mindset. When I came into this program my plan was to return home to Texas immediately after completing phase 1. I felt as if I needed to hold myself to a timeline. I have a year and a half left of...

Internet addiction treatment helped my depression and anxiety

My depression cleared and anxiety became more manageable  Video transcript of a client sharing their personal story of addiction to video games Hi. When I first arrived at reSTART, I was overwhelmed. Then I was exhausted, then irritable. My first hurdle was learning...

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Cybersickness and You

Cybersickness and You

Could your VR headset be making you physically ill? Similar to motion sickness, "Cybersickness" occurs when users of virtual reality, mixed reality or screen devices feel sick, nauseated or dizzy when scrolling or moving around while using a VR headset or comparable...

Confused by Internet gaming disorder terms? You’re not alone

Terms used to describe Internet and video game addiction continue to grow What should we call it, and why can't we all agree? Recognizing a problem with the way your son, daughter, spouse or co-worker interfaces with digital media, you turn to the Internet for...

Emerging themes in the race to understand problematic use

reSTART Life works with emerging adults whose problematic Internet use (PIU) is impairing their ability to lead healthy, productive lives. As the first program of its kind to treat individuals with PIU, we’ve learned a great deal about digital media use since opening...

Signs & Symptoms of Internet Gaming Addiction

Signs & Symptoms of Computer & Internet/Video Game Addiction  The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (#reSTART-BIGS)  The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (BIGS) has been developed by the reSTART professional group to help people better understand...

Facebook defriending leads to double murder

Thinking twice before you de-friend on Facebook NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - A Tennessee couple who "defriended" a woman on Facebook were murdered in their home by the jilted woman's father and another man, police said on Thursday. "It's the worst thing I've ever...

Technology: Is it digitally rewiring the brain?

Your brain vs technology: Is the wired world changing the way we think? Technology is frequently accused of being the root cause of a raft of social problems. Texting, social networking, googling - they've all been in the dock in recent years, accused of causing a...

Connected: The Film Trailer

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Does early iPad use lead to Internet gaming disorder

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXV-yaFmQNk] Age of first use of technology: Toddler? Age of first use addiction treatment admissions: 12.8 years of age1 (SAMHSA) Does technology use change the way our brains are wired? If you're using an iPad at an early...

Can’t sleep? Your iPad may be to blame

Neuroscientists are researching how the brain may be tricked into thinking it is daytime when devices such as iPhones and iPads are used prior to bedtime. "Exposure can disturb sleep patterns and exacerbate insomnia" according Phyllis Zee, professor of Northwestern...

When Guests Check In, Their iPhones Check Out

By ANNE TERGESEN When booking a weeklong yoga retreat, Amanda Levy signed up for a special package. Called "digital detox," it promised a 15% discount if Ms. Levy, a sales executive at a San Francisco social-networking company, would agree to leave her digital devices...

Red Cliff Ascent offers valuable resource to adolescents in need

Each day the reSTART team receives numerous calls around the world from concerned family members asking for help with the technology related problems they are having with a son or daughter, spouse or co-worker. At the very least, those contacting us describe scenarios...

What is virtual reality exposure therapy?

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Is it safe for those with video game addiction? For those coping with specific social phobias, anxiety, and post traumatic stress, the treatment of choice often includes some form of exposure therapy, or systematic desensitization as a...

My story of gaming addiction

Finding freedom from compulsive living and video gaming addiction https://youtu.be/vzZtOtV05sI I graduated from the reSTART life program in December of 2013 and have been in recovery ever since. I'd like to tell you a bit of my story. I started gaming in my early...

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Behavioral Addiction Resource Guide

Ideas, strategies, and information about behavioral addictions and mental health

Video Game Addiction Trends

Look, let’s not call it addiction

Look, let’s not call it addiction

Look, let's say we don't call it addiction. Users dislike like the term, and we understand their frustration Many users report that digital technology use has improved their lives. It's allowed them to connect with friends around the world, increased their access to...

Study: Health-risk correlates of video-game playing adults

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 37, Issue 4 , Pages 299-305, October 2009. Health-Risk Correlates of Video-Game Playing Among Adults James B. Weaver III, PhD, MPH, Darren Mays, MPH, Stephanie Sargent Weaver, PhD, MPH, Wendi Kannenberg, MPH, Gary L....

Internet Addiction Topics

Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice

Current Psychiatry Reviews Volume 8 Issue 4 ISSN: 1573-4005 Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice by Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., Cosette Rae, MSW, Ann H. Steel, MD, MA, Alexander Winkler Abstract Problematic computer use is a growing social issue which...

New Study: Teens and Internet addiction

Teens With Internet Addiction by Kia Brian, FYI While some parents are concerned their teens may get hooked on some addictive behavior, another growing concern for parents is teenage internet addiction or gaming disorder. A new study confirms parents have a right to...

Study: Health-risk correlates of video-game playing adults

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 37, Issue 4 , Pages 299-305, October 2009. Health-Risk Correlates of Video-Game Playing Among Adults James B. Weaver III, PhD, MPH, Darren Mays, MPH, Stephanie Sargent Weaver, PhD, MPH, Wendi Kannenberg, MPH, Gary L....

Screen Time and Social Media Addiction Topics

Too much screen time? Experts discuss addiction

Too much screen time? Experts discuss addiction

Always on and reachable By CAITLIN JOHNSTON Staff Writer at the Dallas News caitlinjohnston@dallasnews.com Published 05 July 2011 11:50 PM on Dallasnews.com Michael Decker is always reachable. The 42-year-old creative director from Dallas sleeps with his phone nearby...

Treatment for Virtual Reality Addiction

Cybersickness and You

Cybersickness and You

Could your VR headset be making you physically ill? Similar to motion sickness, "Cybersickness" occurs when users of virtual reality, mixed reality or screen devices feel sick, nauseated or dizzy when scrolling or moving around while using a VR headset or comparable...

What is virtual reality exposure therapy?

What is virtual reality exposure therapy?

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Is it safe for those with video game addiction? For those coping with specific social phobias, anxiety, and post traumatic stress, the treatment of choice often includes some form of exposure therapy, or systematic desensitization as a...

Treating Virtual Reality: Meet the new pushers

Treating Virtual Reality: Meet the new pushers

VR and the mega-billion dollar dealers by Cosette Rae, MSW, LICSW, CDWF Virtual reality is gearing up and ready to launch into living rooms, bedrooms, family rooms, dormitories, and academic institutions around the world. Accompanying this new brain changer is a whole...

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Facebook Interuptus? Skipping sex for virtual connection

Facebook Interuptus? Skipping sex for virtual connection

Social media invades the bedroom A survey of 1,000 Internet users, conducted by consumer electronics site Retrevo.com, found 48 per cent admit to checking Twitter and Facebook after they’ve gone to bed for the night. Forty-two per cent said they check and/or update...

Cybersex Self Test

Cybersex Self Test

Cybersex Self Test By Dr. Kimberly Young Answer "yes" or "no" to the following statements: 1.    Do you routinely spend time in sex chat rooms and instant messaging with the sole purpose of finding cybersex? 2.    Do you feel preoccupied with using the Internet for...

Gambling in Gaming Topics

Short Gambling Quiz

Short Gambling Quiz

The Short Gambling Quiz In the past 12 months have you gambled more than you intended to?__________yes__________ no In the past 12 months have you claimed to be winning money when you were not?__________yes__________ no In the past 12 months have you felt guilty about...

Research: Video gaming youth have brains like gamblers

Research: Video gaming youth have brains like gamblers

Children who use video games may develop brains like gamblers Certain children's brains could be hard-wired to spend hours playing video games, according to a study which reignites the debate over whether the habit should be considered an addiction. Dr Simone Kuhn of...

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Depression and Addiction

Excessive Internet use linked to depressive symptoms

Internet time tied to teen depression symptoms Reuters Health) - Spending time online is normal behavior for teenagers. But too much Internet use by teens -- or too little, for that matter -- might be related to depression, a new study finds. The findings, reported in...

Excessive Internet use fuels depression in teens

Internet ‘addiction’ could fuel depression in teenagers Teenagers who show signs of being ‘addicted’ to using the internet have double the risk of getting depression, a new study says. The students whose internet use was classed as ‘pathological’ (meaning it could be...

The Relationship between Excessive Internet Use and Depression

The Relationship between Excessive Internet Use and Depression Abstract Background: There is a growing awareness of a psychiatric construct that needs to be better defined and understood: Internet addiction (IA). Recently there has been much public concern over the...

 Anxiety and Addiction

Anxiety and Internet Gaming Disorder Treatment

Anxiety and Internet Gaming Disorder Treatment

Coping with Anxiety There are many different forms of anxiety which includes social anxiety, generalized anxiety (GAD) and panic disorders. Symptoms of anxiety often include excessive fear, worry and concern over the activities of daily living. Those coping with...

Autism and Addiction

Video Game Addiction Linked to Asperger’s Traits

Gaming Disorder Addiction Linked to Autism Spectrum Traits Eric Bland, Discovery News April 22, 2008 -- People who spend hours and hours playing video games exhibit the same personality traits as people with Asperger's syndrome, a previously diagnosed form of autism,...

reSTART in the News

GQ and the messed up lives of video game addicts

Inside the leading center for people addicted to video games  GQ Magazine Interview | Ben Dolnick | September 30, 2016 Often too ashamed to tell friends and family, those with process addictions keep their stories secret. In this in-depth interview, Ben...

How does reSTART treat gaming addiction?

An Interview with Polygon | Blake Hester  September 28, 2016 Blake Hester recently interviewed Dr. Hilarie Cash about what motivated her, and her partners Cosette Rae and Gary Simmons to open the nation's first center for Internet and video game addiction in Fall...

The dark cost of the Internet

The social and emotional cost of tech  Washington Post Interview | Hayley Tsukayama | May 20, 2016 Hayley Tsukayama explores the toll the Internet is taking on young people in an interview with Dr. Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., co-founder of the reSTART...

reSTART Adolescent Program

Adolescent Program Now Open and Enrolling Located on 32 acres with expansive views of the Cascades, our new facility is designed to restart hope and healing. Inspiring users to develop a sustainable healthy relationship with digital media. Apply now to reserve your...

This is your brain online

By Rob Spiegel

TechNewsWorld

01/12/12 12:53 PM PT

Maybe the Internet won’t exactly fry your brain, but it could change it in other unwelcome ways. A new study found a correlation between Internet addiction and specific brain changes often observed in addicts. There was evidence of disruption to the connections in the nerve fibers that connect brain areas involved in emotions, decision making and self-control.

Too many hours of Internet use might actually change your brain. Researchers in China have concluded that those who are addicted to the Internet may experience changes in the brain that are similar to those seen in individuals hooked on in other ways.

Caught in the Web

Nicole Gibillini, The Gazette

Caught in the Web

Twenty-eight-year-old Brett is addicted to the Internet—everything from surfing the web for news, politics and forums to playing World of Warcraft. Brett says his addiction began at 13, but he only sought professional help about a year ago. After being away from the web for only an hour, Walker would start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. “I had my iPhone and was pretty much always connected,” he recalls. “It was like a disease—it went into so many parts of my life.”

Internet Addiction Disorder refers to excessive amount of Internet use that interferes with daily life. It affects about six to 13 per cent of the American population as a whole. The rate of addiction jumps to 13 to 19 per cent for people aged 18 to 28.

Symptoms of IAD include increasing amounts of time spent on the Internet and failed attempts to control behaviour. People with IAD have a heightened sense of euphoria while on the computer, constantly craving more time on the web.

Most people—especially students—are frequently connected to the web, but are unaware of the consequences. According to Internet addiction specialist Hilarie Cash, IAD is a growing concern. In 2009, Cash founded reSTART, the first Internet and gaming addiction recovery program in North America. The clinic, located in Washington, offers a program for video game or Internet addicts aged 18 to 38.

Even though Brett sought professional help for depression last year, he called reSTART only eight weeks ago to work with therapists specializing in Internet addiction. He says he needed to confront the issues he’d been escaping through the Internet.

“It takes over your life—you’re not really yourself,” Brett explains. “People hold opinions of you that you don’t think accurately describe you, but then you realize that the person they see you as is who you are because that’s how you’re acting.”

 

Gaming addiction treatment disrupts $43b video game industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Dr. Hilarie Cash, Chief Clinical Officer (800) 682-6934 x 6 media@restartlife.com June 12, 2019 After 10 years, reSTART, a residential treatment facility for gaming addiction, is vindicated by the World Health Organization This...

New Outpatient Campus opens for Video Game Addiction

reSTART sets itself in the middle of Bellevue's Tech Center BELLEVUE, WA reSTART is placing itself on the motherboard of silicon valley north in the Bellevue Technology Center just blocks from Microsoft's headquarters come fall 2018. "We've wanted to expand our...

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Videogame Addiction Treatment and Symptoms

Video Game Addiction Treatment Explore treatment options which create lasting change What are behavioral addictions? With the release of DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association identified gambling disorder as a treatable condition. Included in the list of possible...

Facebook Interuptus? Skipping sex for virtual connection

Social media invades the bedroom A survey of 1,000 Internet users, conducted by consumer electronics site Retrevo.com, found 48 per cent admit to checking Twitter and Facebook after they’ve gone to bed for the night. Forty-two per cent said they check and/or update...

Study: College students suffering from Internet Addiction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crackberry is no joke. American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to other addictions, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Maryland who asked 200 students...

Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (reSTART-BIGS)

The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (#reSTART-BIGS) The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen has been developed by the reSTART professional group to help people better understand their Internet Gaming use and assists people in making decisions about the way they engage...

Internet Addiction Test (IAT) 2016

Due to the rapid advancement in the field of science and technology, reSTART no longer uses the original IAT measure which was originally developed in 1996 in favor of other instruments which are better suited to screen for problematic digital media use Brief Internet...

Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (reSTART-BIGS)

The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (#reSTART-BIGS) The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen has been developed by the reSTART professional group to help people better understand their Internet Gaming use and assists people in making decisions about the way they...

How do you define the Internet?

Over the past decade, the concept of Internet Addiction has emerged as a social problem faced by millions of users worldwide. In an effort to better understand how we, as a society, define the term "the Internet" reSTART has created a short survey to elicit your views...

Look, let’s not call it addiction

Look, let's say we don't call it addiction. Users dislike like the term, and we understand their frustration Many users report that digital technology use has improved their lives. It's allowed them to connect with friends around the world, increased their access to...

Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice

Current Psychiatry Reviews Volume 8 Issue 4 ISSN: 1573-4005 Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice by Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., Cosette Rae, MSW, Ann H. Steel, MD, MA, Alexander Winkler Abstract Problematic computer use is a growing social issue which...

Research: Patterns of Video Game Use and Dependence in Children and Adolescents

Patterns of Video Game Use and Dependence in Children and Adolescents by Mariano Chóliz* and Clara Marco University of Valencia Abstract: Playing video games is an increasingly popular leisure activity among children and adolescents, a fact made clear by both their...

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Rating video games and the ERSB system

  Rating video games What do the ERSB ratings mean? The entertainment ratings software board (ERSB) provides ratings for video games, apps and other software, as follows: EARLY CHILDHOOD (EC) Designed for young children, typically aged 3 and over. EVERYONE (E)...

Nuanced treatment options for video game addiction

When video game play becomes excessive Specialized treatment is critical Treatment options for people struggling with problematic video game play is limited in the United States. In the past 6 years, reSTART has been the leader in specialized care for people...

The reality of video game addiction

Video Game Addiction Even though video game addiction is not a recognized disorder by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), plenty of research exists worldwide to suggest that video game addiction is a problem for people of all ages. At reSTART we have received...

Videogame addiction rehab? Hype or help?

Websites claiming to treat Internet use and videogame addiction Can you really trust the information found online? by Cosette Rae, CEO Internet and video game addiction treatment is what we do best. When reSTART opened its doors offering intensive treatment for...

Video games reduce pain perception

In the news: A 29 yr old man severed the tendon of his left thumb from playing a Match-3 puzzle video game on his smartphone all day for 6 to 8 weeks. This required surgery and was written up as a case study by his surgeon. The case, published in JAMA Internal...

Is your Internet or Gaming Use Problematic?

Problematic and compulsive use of digital technology is often referred to as an Internet Use Disorder. Although we generally understand that the Internet, or the computer in and of itself is necessarily addictive, the activities available...

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