Hospital Launches Web Rehab for Teens

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A hospital in the United Kingdom may be the first medical facility to treat young people addicted to technology.

Capio Nightingale Hospital has opened a clinic in central London for what doctors dubbed "screenagers" - children and teens who can't pull themselves away from the Internet, video games, and even cell phones.

Dr. Richard Graham, the psychiatrist spearheading the new program, said methods used to treat substance abuse are not the answer for this particular form of addiction.

''What we need are official guidelines now on what counts as healthy or unhealthy use of technology," he told the London Evening Standard.

''We have found that many of the existing services fail to recognize the complexity of these situations, borrowing from older models of addiction and substance misuse to very limited effect," he explained.

"This is why Capio Nightingale Hospital has launched the first Young Person Technology Addiction Service, which we hope will address the underlying causes of this addiction to transform screenagers back into teenagers," Graham said.

The clinic will provide in-patient, day care, or group therapy for children ages 12 through 17.

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