We like to say we’re addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service.
But for some people, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We’re talking flunk-your-classes, can’t-find-a-job, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicidal thoughts part of the mix.
Suburban Seattle, a major tech center, has become a hub for help for so-called “tech addicts,” with residential rehab, psychologists who specialize in such treatment and 12-step meetings.
“The drugs of old are now repackaged. We have a new foe,” Cosette Rae says of the barrage of tech. A former developer in the tech world, she heads a Seattle-area rehab center called reSTART Life, one of the few residential programs in the nation specializing in tech addiction.