First U.S. Hospital-Based Internet Addiction Treatment Program Opens

September 5, 2013 -- The first hospital-based Internet addiction treatment center in the United States opens next week and will offer 10-day inpatient care for people diagnosed with the disorder.

The program at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania will admit up to four patients at a time. They'll undergo an extensive evaluation and a "digital detox" that forbids phone, tablet or Internet use for at least 72 hours, according to ABC News.

The next steps include therapy sessions and educational seminars to help them get their addiction under control.

Internet addiction isn't recognized as a mental health disorder by the psychiatric community, which means the treatment isn't covered by insurance. Patients will have to pay the $14,000 fee out of their own pockets, ABC News reported.

While most people can balance online activities and their regular life, people with Internet addiction have trouble with normal day-to-day functioning.

"Like any other addiction, we look at whether it has jeopardized their career, whether they lie about their usage or whether it interferes with relationships, Kimberly Young, a psychologist and founder of the new program told ABC News.

Posted: September 2013


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