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Virtual Reality Can Be a Great Tool in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

Virtual reality could become a significant new tool in men’s and women’s rehab centers, and it’s already being used to treat PTSD and other disorders. 

As iMedicalApps, a team of researchers in Australia, there’s a virtual reality program that does the AA version of thinking things through, taking you through a house party where you can make choices about engaging in drugs and drinking or not. 

Researchers at the University of Houston have also applied virtual reality to combat heroin addiction, alcohol, and marijuana. reports that certain virtual reality programs can also recreate the smells of drugs, and takes patients through tempting situations so they can learn how to block them. 

Virtual reality is already being used in China to help wean people off meth. While results are still a bit inconclusive, it could indeed become another strong tool in recovery in the future.

For more information and to get the help you need now, contact The Detox Center of Los Angeles for a free assessment of your symptoms as well as your insurance benefits and coverage


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