The first Internet addiction center is set to open next week at a hospital in Pennsylvania.
The 10-day treatment program is voluntary, and can admit up to four patients who have been diagnosed with Internet addiction at a time, according to online publication DC Progressive.
Like other addiction programs, patients must go through an evaluation and digital detox – a process which prohibits the use of Internet, phones and tablet devices for three days.
Patients then participate in therapy and educational classes to teach them to control their compulsive Internet behaviors.
The goal of the program is for patients to use the Internet again, in a healthy way. Computers have become essential for day-to-day living, and it is not practical to never use them again.
The program will set patients back $14,000, which insurance will not cover because Internet addiction has not been recognized by the psychiatric community as a mental health disorder.