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A new world of substance use disorder treatment.

InnateVRusesanovelapproachtotreatingsubstanceusedisorderthroughthemostadvancedvirtualrealitytechnology.

How It Works

Substanceusedisordersformfromrepetitiveoverstimulationofrewardcircuitryinthebrain.DuringtheprocessofdevelopingSUD,thebrainassociatesenvironmentalcues,presentduringdrugexposure,withtheintakeofthedrug.Thesecuesthenbegintotriggerstrongdrugcravingsontheirown,evenwhenthedrugisnotpresent.Itisthesecravingsthatcanputtheindividualinastrongdrugseekingstatewhichcanultimatelyleadtorelapse.

ByexposingtheindividualwithSUDtotheseenvironmentaltriggersinvirtualenvironments,withoutgettingtherewardofthedrug,theirbrainwillun-learntheassociationsbetweenenvironmentalcuesanddrugexposure.Also,theychangethewaytheirbrainrespondstothestressofdrugtriggersandcravings.Forexample,SUDsaredrivenbymoreinstinctual,lowerbrainprocessesinthelimbicsystem;however,exposuretherapyreturnsregulationtotheprefrontalcortex,allowingtheindividualtobemorecapableofinhibitingandminimizingtheeffectsofenvironmentaltriggers.ThisdecreaseindrugcravingsmakesthembetterequippedforovercomingSUDanddiscoveringlongtermsobriety.

Who It's For

OurtreatmentisforclinicianswhoworkwithindividualswithSUD.Youwillbeabletoplaceindividualsinhighlyimmersive,interactivevirtualsimulations,andcounselthemthroughouttheirtreatment.

Researchhasshownthatthemorerealisticandinteractivethevirtualexposuretherapy,themorelikelytheindividualwillbeabletorecoverfromSUD.TheHTCViveiscurrentlythemostinteractivevirtualrealitytechnology,containingroomscalecapabilitytowalkaroundin(whileinvirtualreality)andhandcontrollersthatallowyoutomoveyourarmsandinteractwithobjectswithinthevirtualenvironment.Additionally,therecentupgradesingraphicscards,specificallymadeforvirtualreality,ensureshighlyrealisticenvironments.ByputtingclientsinourvirtualenvironmentsbeingcreatedfortheHTCVive,theywillbeabletobuildupmoreresilienceagainstdrugtriggersandstress.

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