They’ve thought out of the box when it comes to designing a program that encompasses truly what addicts need during treatment. They believe that the most difficult component of the recovery journey is the transition from the structured environment of rehabilitation to unsupervised world they face once discharged. To bridge this gap, the Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery program utilizes virtual reality as a component to addiction treatment. When individuals leave rehab, they can quickly fall back into their old habits when triggers are easily formed, and it’s how these people react that matters the most. Banyan Treatment Center has proudly partnered with Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery to help struggling individuals learn relapse prevention techniques so that they can sustain long-term recovery.
Through virtual reality, this recovery program creates triggers for patients so that they can learn how to properly cope in high stress situations. Banyan Treatment Center utilizes this program to train patients on how to handle the high risk situations that will inevitably come their way once they are discharged. Patients will be put into a new environment, such as being at the bar or a party scene, while the clinician is walking them through the situation. Patients will be able to hear and remember coping strategies that were taught during the VR session and use them in a real setting.
As technology continues to advance, it’s so important to incorporate new techniques during the addiction treatment process. Individuals who undergo virtual reality for addiction treatment can transition into everyday life with the tools needed for success. We understand the need for innovative tools when it comes to addiction treatment, and Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery is at the forefront of this advancement.