Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC
Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC is the executive director of reSTART, an Internet Addiction Recovery Program in Fall City WA. The reSTART program is the first dedicated in-patient facility for video game and internet addicts in North America The reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program is specifically oriented towards launching tech-dependent youth and adults back into the real world. The individually tailored program is designed to assist participants with an Internet and/or computer-based behavioral addiction to break the cycle of dependency. The 45-day abstinence based recovery program exposes participants to a variety of activities and everyday life skills which are often avoided or underdeveloped as a result of ongoing computer, video game and Internet abuse. Dr. Cash is also the author of Video Games and Your Kids. Video Games and Your Kids is for parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games. Based on research and the authors' clinical experience, the book explains what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the affects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life; birth-2 years, ages 2-6, elementary school years, adolescence, and adult children still living at home. Where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help the parents successfully set appropriate limits for their children. It also explains the need to consult with professionals and use the process of formal interventions when the addiction is so severe that the parents are no longer able to manage the situation.