Thursday, September 12, 2013

Internet Rehab

If you're like me, then you love the internet. I can go online and literally surf for hours. Well, I probably should clarify that: I do a lot of work regarding my blog and radio show, but I am a heavy surfer.

But, what do you do when minutes turn to hours and hours turn to days? Well, on 9/9, the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania opened the first internet rehab center.  Give them 10 days and they will detach you from your web dependency for the low, low price of $14,000!

I'm always one who is skeptical of things and this rehab is one of them.  Charging $14,000 for something somebody can fix by disconnecting Wi-Fi in their home and confiscating smartphones sound a bit steep to me.  I know people who literally tweet almost a thousand times per day, but they still have a life.  Are there people out there who are so bad that they basically shut off the rest of the world?  That could be.  However, what's the difference between an internet junkie and a video gamer?  I wonder if there is a gamer rehab?

I'm skeptical of celebrity rehabs, too.  Celebrity rehab centers normally come off as vacation resorts, so it's hard to take them seriously.  Especially when so many celebs "fall off the wagon" shortly after leaving the resort rehab.  I just don't think someone can be rehabilitated in a week's time when it comes to some of the places you hear about on television.  Substance abuse is something that should take months or even over a year, if you ask me.

I love watching football a lot, so there could be a pigskin rehab some day. Don't be surprised at other rehabs that show up to take your money over things that are trivial in nature.  An addiction to anything is a problem, but everything doesn't require rehab. If it's not a substance abuse, then I question the validity of the rehab services that come to mind.  Most "addictions" probably aren't even addictions.  Some may just require a parent's intervention method called FTB (foot to butt).

Do you think rehab is necessary for web browsers or is this an overreaction?


  1. For me , I have an addition for information. The Internet is the fastest and best resource to obtain information. Therefore, it's a huge part of my life that I can't live without.

    1. Research and references are one thing. I guess it's more severe for those addicted to social networking and/or porn.


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