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45-Day Detox Pulls Plug on Tech Addiction

Rehab program promises to rewire high-tech junkies



    45-Day Detox Pulls Plug on Tech Addiction
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    Women are the fastest growing segment of the video gaming population.

    What's your poison? To some, it's drugs, alcohol or gambling. To others, it's video games, Web surfing and Twittering.

    But now there's a place to rewire those with overworked thumbs and weary eyes.

    In true 12-step rehab style, the ReStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program, located on a five-acre, tranquil, woodsy parcel of land near the Microsoft campus in Washington state, enrolls self-admitted cyber addicts for a 45-day detox program at a "family-style retreat where its participants can have an internet and video-game-free therapeutic experience."

    The facility even has a stripped-down social network, where they use group therapy, coaching and self-help training to free people from the grip of technology.

    A statement on the site breaks it down:

    "The mission of this innovative program is to help adults, addicted to video games and the internet, detach from their high-tech distractions, find balance, and reconnect to the real world."

    You'll have to part with $14,500 for a stay at the 6-bed house.

    While the facility is working to free people from the strings of the cyberworld, they don't shun technology  -- they're even on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.