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happy to see you again... ♥...
Don't be a strangler!
Belch.
where've you been?!
that's the story of......thats the glory of

(lol i was half tempted to write "thats the glory hole" but wasnt sure if it was too sacralige, but now ive done it, so fuck)

anyhow seth

i talk to you way more on the phone, than you update this bastard journal of yours, but i still check in occassionaly to make sure thats the case - t'is

cheers asshole
i love ya

beth

Anonymous

April 14 2006, 13:03:50 UTC 11 years ago

Lurch

Anonymous

April 26 2006, 10:28:19 UTC 11 years ago

la-la-laaammmme

most any asshole can and will say any damn thing, under the guise of anonymity

Anonymous

11 years ago

::hugs::

Anonymous

June 8 2006, 21:25:04 UTC 11 years ago

Detox clinic opening for video addicts By FIA CURLEY, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 10 minutes ago



AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - An addiction center is opening Europe's first detox clinic for game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who can't leave their joysticks alone.

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Video games may look innocent, but they can be as addictive as gambling or drugs — and just as hard to kick, says Keith Bakker, director of Amsterdam-based Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants.

Bakker already has treated 20 video game addicts, aged 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer.

His detox program begins in July. It will run four to eight weeks, including discussions with therapists and efforts to build patients' interests in alternative activities.

"We have kids who don't know how to communicate with people face-to-face because they've spent the last three years talking to somebody in Korea through a computer," Bakker said. "Their social network has completely disappeared."

It can start with a Game Boy, perhaps given by parents hoping to keep their children occupied but away from the television. From there it can progress to multilevel games that aren't made to be won.

Bakker said he has seen signs of addiction in children as young as 8.

Hyke van der Heijden, 28, a graduate of the Amsterdam program, started playing video games 20 years ago. By the time he was in college he was gaming about 14 hours a day and using drugs to play longer.

"For me, one joint would never be enough, or five minutes of gaming would never be enough," he said. "I would just keep going until I crashed out."

Van der Heijden first went to Smith & Jones for drug addiction in October 2005, but realized the gaming was the real problem. Since undergoing treatment, he has distanced himself from his smoking and gaming friends. He says he has been drug- and game-free for eight months.

Like other addicts, Bakker said, gamers are often trying to escape personal problems. When they play, their brains produce endorphins, giving them a high similar to that experienced by gamblers or drug addicts. Gamers' responses to questions even mirror those of alcoholics and gamblers when asked about use.

"Many of these kids believe that when they sit down, they're going to play two games and then do their homework," he said.

However, unlike other addicts, most gamers received their first game from their parents. "Because it's so new, parents don't see that this is something that can be dangerous," Bakker said.

Tim, a gamer who is currently under treatment, agreed to discuss his addiction on condition of his last name not being used. He said he began playing video games three years ago at age 18. Soon he wouldn't leave his room for dinner. Later, he began taking drugs to stay awake and play longer. Finally he sought help and picked up other hobbies to occupy his time.

Symptoms of addiction are easy to spot, Bakker says. Parents should take notice if a child neglects usual activities, spends several hours at a time with the computer and has no social life.

Bakker said parents of game addicts frequently echo the words of partners of cocaine addicts: "'I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what it was.'"

priscamor

11 years ago

Anonymous

June 13 2006, 08:42:47 UTC 11 years ago

I miss fridays

Anonymous

June 14 2006, 00:42:21 UTC 11 years ago

I miss Seth
Happy Birthday Seth. I miss you!!!

XOXO

~Sarah
Ha! You remembered! LMAO. I had a dream about you two nights ago. Hope everything is going well with you and yours. You know my number woman! Give me a call and we'll go get blasted (that is, if you still drink). :-p
We should meet sometime soon.
This absence... is it silly to be concerned?