Hospital inpatient programs for treating addicts aren't new. But this one is: A Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital will become the first of its kind to offer a program for Internet addicts, reports Fox News. "[Internet addiction] is a problem in this country that can be more pervasive than alcoholism," says the psychologist who founded the 10-week voluntary program at Bradford Regional Medical Center. "The Internet is free, legal and fat free."
The program, designed by experts with backgrounds in treating drug and alcohol addiction, costs $14,000 out of pocket and starts with a 72-hour "digital detox." Patients then learn ways to keep their Internet usage to a minimum in daily life and avoid using addictive applications. Meanwhile, Japan has taken a different route for tackling the affliction: The country's government is proposing funding "Internet-free camps" for kids, where they will be forced forgo their XBoxes and iPhones in favor of fresh air and outdoor games, reports the Telegraph.
"If you're smart or rich or lucky maybe you'll beat the laws of man but the inner laws of spirit and the outer laws of nature no man can, no, no man can." ~Joni