Addictive Disorders

Addictive disorders, such as substance abuse and dependence, are common disorders that involve the overuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Addiction develops over time and is a chronic and relapsing illness. There are three different terms used to define substance-related addictive disorders: Substance abuse, Substance dependence, Chemical dependence

Addictive disorders are caused by multiple factors, including genetic vulnerability, environmental stressors, social pressures, individual personality characteristics and psychiatric problems.

Virtual Reality Therapy for Addictive disorders

Addictive disorder-related environments are created to support the evaluation, intervention, and management of problems related to substances, particularly, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances abuse. These environments focus on cravings and impulses and intervene through stimulus exposure therapy. They do so with the aim of motivating abstinence and management skills.

VR Environments that help

Terrace of a bar

One will find themselves in a rooftop bar, accompanied by an avatar. This environment can be used both to work on cravings and social skills training.

Chatting at the bar

One will find themselves sitting at a bar table, having an informal conversation with their companions.

VR Therapy involves gradually introducing the person to the environment and helping them confront it and adapt to make changes. It may involve just a few sessions of therapy, after which the end goal is the person confronting such pressures.

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