The very interesting article “Helping Addicts Cope Through Virtual Immersion” talks about helping alcohol or drug patients in therapy or rehab by recreating real-life situations as simulations. The aim of the use of this technology is to put the patient in a situation mentally where they are in a bar, house, party or with people, offered drugs or alcohol. The patients are tested on the response they would give. In the article, Professor Patrick Bordnick of University of Houston tells that patients who tested the simulation helmets actually found it so close to reality that they craved for alcohol.

This, in my opinion is a very useful technology in terms of helping patients with addiction problems because it is a tool to prepare them for future if/when they come across a situation where they would have to say “no” to drugs or alcohol. It is also valuable because the simulation is so real that patients do feel like they are actually experiencing the scenario created for them, therefore they develop their skills to cope with their addiction problems. I really liked this article because it shows one of the many different areas the simulation technology can be used and the fact that it shows that technology has reached a point where it can help a person mentally, with their will power and personal problems that may have an emotional effect(such as drug and alcohol addiction).

If you would like to read further, here is the article.

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