Reported by CNN one day ago, history has been made with the first treatment center in the US opening up four beds to treat "Internet addiction." It's doors open today, September 9th 2013 to an addiction that is newly discovered and very debatable. The first inpatient treatment program opens up at the Bradford Regional Medical Center, in Pennsylvania. It's intake process starts with a 72 hour "digital detox" followed by a psychological evaluation, and a ten day stay. It is reported that medication will most likely be needed for some to make it through the detox, just like with hard-core drug addicts who go through detox and withdrawals.
One man, admitted to gaming up to 80 hours a week on a game called World of Warcraft, after losing his job. This game in particular has been mentioned frequently since it's introduction, with people spending hours online. This appears to be the most widely used way of addiction on the internet, by gaming, for hours and hours on end. The question is, does the gaming interfere with day to day responsibilities, as it most certainly did with the loss of a job.
Gaming is also the focus of the article, and states that Internet addiction is not declared, nor recognized in the new American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: DSM V, however this sort of behavior sounds more like Internet Gaming Addiction, which is covered in the book used by all mental health professionals to check symptoms and diagnose mental illness and addictions for treatment. The DSM V goes on to state that more research is needed, however it does recognize the trend with this issue and it's problems, prior to adding it and classifying it as a true addiction in the manual.
At least there is recognition and a door now open to treat those whom suffer, whereas other countries like China, Korea and Taiwan already have these types of treatment centers in place. Four beds is a start, but surely not enough. Links to these articles are below for anyone interested in learning more. More on the internet addiction theory in a second part article.