Missouri center offering Internet addiction program

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A Joplin mental health center has begun a treatment program for people who are addicted to the Internet.

The Joplin Globe reports that Freeman Health System's Ozark Center began offering the program Thursday.

Vicky Mieseler is the center's vice president of clinical services. She says untreated Internet addiction can lead to divorce, loss of jobs, financial issues and sexual problems.

Mieseler says the program doesn't necessarily try to keep people from surfing the Web. Instead, it focuses on specific areas of Internet usage where there is an addiction, such as pornography or gambling.

The Census Bureau says nearly 70 percent of all Missourians have access to the Internet.

Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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