It’s not often you hear the words “gadgets” and “recovery” in the same sentence, but thanks to some innovative new designers we may be getting a technological boost to our industry. Taking a cue from devices like Oculus Rift, certain programmers are exploring the concept of building virtual reality worlds themed towards people in treatment.
In case you’re unfamiliar, virtual reality (though still in its early stages) allows a person to strap on specially programmed goggles and see an entirely different world from what’s around them. Similar to the movie Avatar, looking through the lenses could transport you to another big city, another country, or even another planet.
For the sake of recovery, the idea would be to send someone close to the end of their treatment into a potentially threatening situation. Granted VR could be used in many ways to treat addiction, but this particular model would allow a person to be tempted by creating “trigger moments” (such as a bar happy hour) without physically putting them in harm’s way. If they can resist the substance in the VR world, then its a positive sign they resist it in everyday life.
We know the concept sounds very far off in the moment. But at VRC, we consider ourselves to be very progressive with our treatment programs. And if there is a safe, welcoming way to incorporate Virtual Reality into our regimen, you can bet we’ll take it on.