Get back in the game of life™ at our treatment center in the beautiful mountains of Big Bear Lake.

The Computer Addiction Treatment Program offers the first and only adult (18+, coed) residential treatment program in California designed exclusively to help individuals struggling with an unhealthy dependency on technology such as problematic or addictive computer/video gaming, online behavior, or excess smartphone and social media usage. This program is provided in a 5 day extended weekend format with arrivals on Wednesday and departures late Sunday or Monday morning. Note that the program does not operate during the Winter months.

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Residents participate in therapeutic and educational activities at our residential facility (which is adjacent to a nature preserve) and light adventure and sporting activities in the mountains and/or at the lake, depending on the season. Therapeutic components include assessment and treatment planning,  education, life skills training, career and academic guidance, outdoor enrichment activities, group, individual and family counseling/coaching. Speakers present and answer questions on careers in technology, including the video gaming field. Families are invited to participate at the start and end of the stay either in person or via video teleconference. After care and ongoing treatment plan recommendations are provided.

While one 5 day inpatient stay alone will not end a decade long dependence on computer/video gaming, it provides an efficient and cost effective way to kick start treatment. Based on the same treatment model as our outpatient treatment program, this program has the advantage of providing what would normally be weeks of outpatient assessment, treatment, group therapy process, enrichment activities and life planning in just 5 days. It also provides the opportunity for those not local to our Lake Forest office to participate in a longer term treatment via video teleconference after the retreat. 

Who is a good candidate for the 5 day retreat? 

1. Individuals suffering from video game/computer gaming excesses, whether or not they are currently in treatment
2. Individuals suffering from excess cell phone/social media use where this has caused social, academic or occupational problems
3. College students whose grades or other commitments have suffered from excess gaming or media consumption
4. Individuals who are unable to move forward with their lives having become dependent on technology/media consumption to cope

How Much does it cost?

The retreat costs $3500 for the 5 days which includes meals and activities. A $500 credit is offered to those that participate in our outcome study. It does not include transportation costs to and from the  facility.  A $300 deposit is required to reserve a specific date. The balance is due prior to attending. 

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino Mountains and is a four season resort with outdoor activities year round. It is located within driving distance from almost anywhere in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Major airports include Los Angeles International (LAX) and Ontario International (ONT). 


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