Students participate in a military-style drill class at the Qide Education Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
An array of drugs used to treat addicted teenagers are displayed on a table at Daxing Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
A boy has his brain scanned for research purposes at Daxing Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
Students at the Qide Education Center in Beijing learn how to bow Confucian style during a class on traditional Chinese ethics. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
Young men take part in a music class at the Qide Education Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
A boot camp patient speaks to a psychology counsellor at the Qide Education Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters
A student who has completed a six months course salutes his classmates as he leaves the Qide Education Center in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Courtesy Reuters

China's Electronic Heroin Problem

Rehab for the Internet Addicted

In China, wangyin, or Internet addiction, is considered a clinical disorder. Parents, desperate to pry their children from what is often called "electronic heroin"  send their teens—some of whom were spending 10 or more hours a day glued to their screens playing video games—to treatment centers such as the Qide Education Center in Beijing, a military-style boot camp which claims to cure Internet addiction. There are as many as 250 such treatment centers in the country.

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