Dealing with addictions in virtual reality
Controlling tobacco or alcohol addiction
Virtual environments that contain indications related to smoking or alcohol cause an strong desire in the dependent patient.
Immerge patients in these virtual environments aims to confront them to their addictive desires so they become fully aware and that their therapist helps them to detach themselves.
We also continue to work with several academic teams on the triggering of craving and the development of new applications dedicated to addictions.
Situations that trigger the urge to drink
The desire to drink, for alcohol-dependent patients, often occurs in social places, or in relaxing environments. Virtual environments offer situations that recreate feelings similar to those generated in these places.
The patient can be immersed in a living room and can choose his favorite alcohol. It is also possible to sit the patient at a bar counter or coffee terrace.
Situations that trigger the urge to smoke or play
For smokers who quit smoking, waiting, relaxing or confronting other smokers often triggers the need to light a cigarette.
The urge to use drugs or gambling is also linked to environments / places that trigger the need to consume or play. C2Addict allows the therapist to expose his patient to these places and situations triggering craving.
The benefits of these new therapies are many: infinite repetitive scenes, real-time work on craving, saving time by avoiding trips outside the office, identifying environments and contexts that trigger the most desire to consume or play.
Virtual environments available for the treatment of addictions
Tobacco – Places that trigger the urge to smoke or buy
At a coffee terrace
A bus stop
At a tobacconist
Alcohol – Places that trigger the urge to drink or buy
At a Supermarket
At home (with several choices of alcohols)
At a bar counter