A new 'detox' center has opened up in Western Washington to help internet addicts get back into the real world.

Some addicts spend more than 16 hours a day in front of the computer. Ben Alexander is one of them. He says he's spent 16 to 17 hours a day on the internet playing games. "It fairly quickly got to the point where it was out of control." says Ben.

The nineteen year old is a talented musician but he almost gave it up for the computer. He says he dropped out of college to master the online game, "World of Warcraft." He quickly admits, "There's nothing wrong with being online until it starts interfering with what you want to get out of life"



Now there's a place for internet addicts like Ben to turn to. It's the first of its kind, an "on-line detox" center located in Fall City, just a few miles from Microsoft's headquarters.

It's called the Restart Internet Addiction Recovery program. Cosette Rae is the Executive Director of Restart and she believes internet addiction is a growing problem affecting 10% of the online population.

"Our program's really designed for somebody who's kind of lost complete balance, everything is done on-line and the things that they might have liked to do in real life, they've forfeited doing those things." says Cosette.



The 45-day program focuses on helping Internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and other aspects of Internet addiction, by helping them get excited about things they used to be passionate about.

For admitted addicts like Ben, he says he looks to the future now. He wants to be a microbiologist and tutor kids. He's now back to his passion, playing his violin.

'I think I've made a lot of progress towards just being able to get back to my life and be successful."