The nation's first in-patient treatment center for internet addiction is open this week in Pennsylvania. The treatment begins with an intense 72-hour "digital detox" followed by a psychiatric evaluation. The treatment program accommodates four patients for ten days.
Internet addiction is not classified as a mental illness in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) so none of the costs of the treatment are covered by insurance. Dr. Kimberly Young, who founded the program at Bradford Regional Medical Center, says the U.S. is actually behind countries like China, Korea and Taiwan that already have similar treatment programs.
Young and her colleagues expect to see patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts. They say some patients will need to be medicated to make it through the detox.
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