There’s no doubt that as technology has become more central to American life than ever before, it has made its way into the world of addiction recovery. There’s much research that needs to be done in this field, but there are many opportunities that have now become available to us in terms of addiction recovery. So far, technology has provided us with different avenues for treatment such as with neurofeedback therapy, which involves using technology to teach individuals how to control their own brainwaves; this can be particularly beneficial in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and more. As technology advances and we find new and better ways to treat addictions and mental disorders, virtual reality could certainly become a topic of discussion.
With virtual reality, a client would be able to experience various triggering situations while having a therapist nearby to assist them in applying the coping skills they’ve learned to a real-world setting. Dr. Bordnick, Dean at Tulane University’s School of Social Work and pioneer in the virtual reality therapy forefront stated on The Fix,
“You can use [virtual reality] as a teaching tool, and you can use it to bring in sense-specific things. So if it’s a party scenario, that party can have cocaine, it can have smoking, it can have alcohol, and it can even have people snorting heroin.”
If this were to occur in a clinical setting, a patient would be able to pretend as though they were truly witnessing these scenes occurring around them; they may then decide to leave, or they might talk to the therapist about what coping strategies they’re using in their head to ground themselves. Can you see what benefit virtual reality could bring to recovery?
Technological advancements don’t just end there, however. Other ideas in the works have included geo-mapping, in which a user’s phone would alert them whenever they were getting near an area where they’ve relapsed before, and a platform called VRChat, in which users can create their own virtual reality space that soothes rather than triggers them. What does this mean for you? Scientists are still working on these various recovery enhancements. There are currently some excellent forms of treatment available, so speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn about the many options available to you.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.