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Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.

Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in this suburb of high-tech Seattle, where what claims to be the first residential treatment center for Internet addiction in the United States just opened its doors.

The center, called ReSTART, is somewhat ironically located near Redmond, headquarters of Microsoft and a world center of the computer industry. It opened in July and for $14,000 offers a 45-day program intended to help people wean themselves from pathological computer use, which can include obsessive use of video games, texting, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and any other time-killers brought courtesy of technology.

"We've been doing this for years on an outpatient basis," said Hilarie Cash, a therapist and executive director of the center. "Up until now, we had no place to send them."

Internet addiction is not recognized as a separate disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and treatment is not generally covered by insurance. But there are many such treatment centers in China, South Korea and Taiwan where Internet addiction is taken very seriously and many psychiatric experts say it is clear that Internet addiction is real and harmful.

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a few of my friends got consumed by WoW, i tried playing it and after 15 minutes i was like, this shit is fuckin stupid

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I have had coworkers get addicted and it affected their work bad. To the point they were exhuasted at work because they would play all night and not sleep.

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Exactly why I quit. I didn't just quit either, I deactivated my account, uninstalled the game and the addons, and threw away the install discs. I have never tried cocaine, but WoW players consider it akin to crack cocaine. It's very, very hard to quit playing. I love how developed the game is, and the depth behind it, definitely one of the best games ever created, but it's just too addicting.

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You mean there are other things on the interwebs other than porn and Mazda 3 forums??? Please... do tell.
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[quote author=chickmod link=topic=155209.msg3311012#msg3311012 date=1252068238]
Exactly why I quit. I didn't just quit either, I deactivated my account, uninstalled the game and the addons, and threw away the install discs. I have never tried cocaine, but WoW players consider it akin to crack cocaine. It's very, very hard to quit playing. I love how developed the game is, and the depth behind it, definitely one of the best games ever created, but it's just too addicting.
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Never got hooked on the games.

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[quote author=allmannbro link=topic=155209.msg3311889#msg3311889 date=1252115978]
You mean there are other things on the interwebs other than porn and Mazda 3 forums??? Please... do tell.
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Games to me are a means of entertainment and have never gotten in the way of school, work, friends, etc
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friend of mine flunked out twice because he was addicted to halo


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Where do I sign up for these classes or whatever lol... cause Im definitely addicted... first thing I do when I get up is get breakfast and go to the computer... and the first thing I do when I get off work! Kinda bad! But it has never really interfered in stuff like work or school. It has kind of interfered with friends a lil bit... so I can see where this could be taken seriousely!


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