Drug addiction is an illness that makes one behave in a compulsive and uncontrollable manner. It’s hard for people who use narcotics to voluntarily stop using drugs. Thus, places like rehabilitation centers exist. Rehabilitation centers typically practice 3 main types of therapy to help sick individuals return back to normal lives, free of drugs. The traditional approaches are complex and are often unhelpful. However, it looks like a new VR approach is about to change the game.
VR Treatment by Virtual Rehab
Virtual Rehab is a company that offers psychological rehabilitation to its patients. Psychological rehabilitation is a method that many professionals in the medical field often miss in their more traditional approach. To combat addiction, the Virtual Rehab company turned to VR, AI, and Blockchain.
By placing a patient in a simulated real-life situation that involves drugs, the virtual simulator helps the patient by developing strategies that help the person cope with real-life temptations.
Duke University About VR Treatments
According to Duke University’s study, VR has the capability to treat phobias of all kind. Fears such as fear of heights, thunderstorms, elevators, and so on can be treated with the help of virtual reality. Typically it takes 6-12 sessions to achieve maximum benefits from this kind of therapy.
To give you an idea of what a typical VR treatment session is like, an individual sees a virtual environment that simulates the fear or temptation. For example, if the individual is afraid of heights, the virtual world can simulate heights. If the individual’s temptation is drugs, then that individual develops strategies to combat drugs. After repetitions of these situations, patients mentally improve their responses to real-life situations involving their biggest fears or temptations.
Although it sounds like VR is a magical solution for people’s problems, the new tech will only help a patient improve if the patient wants to improve. Certainly, consistency in treatment and a positive outlook will mean better chances of success.