Virtual Reality Headsets Can Be a Helpful Recovery Tool

Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a study on the use of virtual reality headsets to help heroin addicts kick their addictions. People who are addicted to opiates can practice drug refusal skills while in this virtual drug world. Or, at worse, it could stimulate cravings, leading to relapse.

Discussion Guide:

In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of this virtual reality tool?

Do you have strong drug refusal skills?

Do you believe you would be susceptible to cravings and relapse if you were immersed in a virtual drug world?

Would you recommend this tool to people in early stage recovery? Late stage recovery?

Supplemental Reading:

Virtual Reality Could Help Researchers Understand Heroin Addiction, Jon Herskovitz, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/virtual-reality-heroin-cave-aimed-at-helping-addicts-kick-habit_us_56d4730fe4b03260bf778033