How Virtual Reality is the Future for Recovery - Banyan Treatment Center Pompano

How Virtual Reality is the Future for Recovery


As cutting-edge technology continues to advance, there are more and more ways for people to overcome addiction and sustain long-term sobriety.

What if there was a way for an individual to fight through drug cravings and say no in real time? Through virtual reality, people can fight off the temptation to use drugs and alcohol when a clinician is in their ear walking them through the challenges in a virtual world. Addiction treatment centers across the country partner with this technology to help their patients adapt to the changes that come with sobriety. Patients can physically enter a bar and practice how to turn down a drink or a drug. While you learn how to deal with these kinds of situations in rehab, you never know how you will handle your emotions when you are physically in that situation. Virtual reality breaks this barrier and opens up a whole new avenue for long-term recovery.

How Virtual Reality for Addiction Treatment Works

This technology is extremely powerful, as it can create any real situation that has the ability to compromise one’s sobriety. In this setting, patients will feel as though they are sitting face to face with their therapist – a virtual reality experience that will stand out against the background of their lives and help them move in the positive direction toward recovery. [1] This treatment approach should be coupled with other evidence-based treatment that is customized for the patient in order to fully prepare the patient for the real world in recovery. This technology allows patients to build the tools they need in order to fight through the cravings and maintain their sobriety efforts.

Banyan Treatment Center is proud to partner with Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery, which allows our patients to enhance their recovery efforts through a virtual reality environment. Our drug rehab in South Florida provides addiction treatment for all who suffer and we understand the importance of incorporating cutting-edge technology in our patient’s treatment plan.


If you or your loved one are dealing with addiction, our drug and alcohol rehab in South Florida can help. Contact us at 888-280-4763 for more information on our treatment services and levels of care.

[1] – Dr. Phil Path to Recovery
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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