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Rehab Center Help Kicks WoW Habit for $14,000

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It's $14,000, but you get your life back.

Ben Alexander was addicted to World of Warcraft and spent nearly every waking minute playing the MMORPG.

"At first, it was a couple of hours a day," Alexander said in an AP story. "By midway through the first semester, I was playing 16 or 17 hours a day."

As a result of his time sunk into the game, Alexander dropped out of the University of Iowa in his second semester and went to seek help. He originally found – and completed – a 10-week outdoors-based program in Utah, but felt that he hadn't yet shaken his WoW addiction.

Alexander eventually discovered a special center in Fall City, WA that deals with pathological computer use. The center, called ReSTART, offers a 45-day program costing $14,000 to help those addicted to internet, video games, texting, social networks, online auctions and other technological time-killers quit "cold turkey."

ReSTART is now providing Alexander with counseling and psychotherapy sessions, along with opportunities to do household chores, exercising, baking cookies, among other things.

"I don't think I'll go back to 'World of Warcraft' anytime soon," Alexander said.

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    Supertrek32 , September 8, 2009 4:47 PM
    Pay me $14000 and I'll follow you around and poke you with a stick whenever you wanna play.
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    zhaknafein , September 8, 2009 4:09 PM
    ...or you can join my old guild for free, they will drive you mad in one week and you will never want to listen about wow for the rest of your life :) 
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    valcron , September 8, 2009 4:17 PM
    People may not like it and ill get flamed for this. But I play MMO's and I can honestly say they are an addiction. Most will refute this but personally I think its just denial. Similar to drinking, denying they have a problem. (Not that everyone who plays MMO's get addicted, just depends on if you are prone to it, much like not everyone becomes an alcoholic.

    While these institutions are a joke relative to their cost I believe they are a good idea. Some people do not have the will power to just quit cold turkey without help and this gives them a place they can get away from it all and get past the withdraws.

    Of course what helped me curve my addiction is WoW just got plain boring and now I refuse to play more than 2 hours at a time. Hell most of the time I just log in twice a week for Raids and even those are boring now. Now if only I could put down Hello Kitty Online Adventure!
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 4:00 PM
    epic fail is what i can say.
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    ssalim , September 8, 2009 4:00 PM
    Nasty. Once I played 12 hours a day playing DAoC for whole summer but now I play up to 2 hours a day when my kids are asleep. Oh and I didn't spend a dime to get rid of my UO or DAoC or WoW or Warhammer Online addictions.
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    webbwbb , September 8, 2009 4:06 PM
    ssalimOh and I didn't spend a dime to get rid of my UO or DAoC or WoW or Warhammer Online addictions.


    If you have had to get rid of addictions to all of these then maybe you have not actually taken control of your video game addiction. It kind of sounds more like you hop from one to another.
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    redgarl , September 8, 2009 4:07 PM
    Well, I think for that price someone should stick playing WoW... seriously...
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    esquire468 , September 8, 2009 4:07 PM
    Quitting cold turkey doesn't help. It's all about moderation.
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    zhaknafein , September 8, 2009 4:09 PM
    ...or you can join my old guild for free, they will drive you mad in one week and you will never want to listen about wow for the rest of your life :) 
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    redgarl , September 8, 2009 4:14 PM
    ssalimNasty. Once I played 12 hours a day playing DAoC for whole summer but now I play up to 2 hours a day when my kids are asleep. Oh and I didn't spend a dime to get rid of my UO or DAoC or WoW or Warhammer Online addictions.


    12 hours... and now only 2...? Sorry, but you are addicted to the bones but you don't know it. The maximum I played Counter-Strike was 6 hours a day... 12 hours is insane...

    Lately, I am playing a lot of Street Fighter 4 online, like 1 to 2 hours a day and I find it disturbing. For me online gaming is nothing more than useless competition. The fun became an habit before you know it.

    I didn't played online for around 3 to 4 years after my Counter-Strike habit... and I tend to do the same with my Street Fighter 4 habit.
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    jellico , September 8, 2009 4:17 PM
    $14,000 to beat your WoW addiction? Damn... in just 78 years, the program will have paid for itself in the amount you save on the monthly subscription cost.
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    Pei-chen , September 8, 2009 4:17 PM
    Usually some form of spanking is the best treatment against addition be it drug, internet, or TV.
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    nixname , September 8, 2009 4:17 PM
    I bet these programs are run by gold farmers...
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    valcron , September 8, 2009 4:17 PM
    People may not like it and ill get flamed for this. But I play MMO's and I can honestly say they are an addiction. Most will refute this but personally I think its just denial. Similar to drinking, denying they have a problem. (Not that everyone who plays MMO's get addicted, just depends on if you are prone to it, much like not everyone becomes an alcoholic.

    While these institutions are a joke relative to their cost I believe they are a good idea. Some people do not have the will power to just quit cold turkey without help and this gives them a place they can get away from it all and get past the withdraws.

    Of course what helped me curve my addiction is WoW just got plain boring and now I refuse to play more than 2 hours at a time. Hell most of the time I just log in twice a week for Raids and even those are boring now. Now if only I could put down Hello Kitty Online Adventure!
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 4:21 PM
    lol
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    Major7up , September 8, 2009 4:21 PM
    I can think of cheaper and easier ways to deal with it...where did he come up with the money? Can I have some?
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 4:38 PM
    He'll be able to translate the subsequent cookie backing obsession into a business!
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    davisorle , September 8, 2009 4:45 PM
    Why the F**K would oyu try to take someone's mind away from his PC when you are named RESTART? ANd you ask 14K for it? I would only accept to participate to spend time for their group if THEY paid me good enough actually. Not the other way around. Retards... I hope they refund failed attempts though, in all seriousness.
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    warezme , September 8, 2009 4:46 PM
    Games save money, not necessarily WOW since you have to pay to play, but other games like Crysis, Farcry, GRID, etc. You save money not going out, driving, wasting gas, buying movie tickets, $5 dollar popcorn, expensive dining out. Real cheap if you pirated the games..., its a green habit, don't knock it.
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    Supertrek32 , September 8, 2009 4:47 PM
    Pay me $14000 and I'll follow you around and poke you with a stick whenever you wanna play.
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    hillarymakesmecry , September 8, 2009 4:51 PM
    You could buy a lot of cheap hookers for $14,000. That'd get me to forget about WOW.
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    bk420 , September 8, 2009 4:54 PM
    WOW, that's a lot of money. LOL!
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    Montezuma , September 8, 2009 5:06 PM
    This just sounds like another "fly-by-night" clinic looking to make a quick buck. I play WoW for hours on end. Sometimes, I forgo doing some homework to play, but I always get my work done. Suckers are born every minute, and this proves my theory. If you give anyone $14,000 to "fix" your "gaming addiction", you deserve to be screwed over by these scam artist.
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