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Virtual Reality Therapy May Help Treat Alcoholism

A small preliminary study from South Korea has found that virtual reality therapy may be a successful method for treating alcohol addiction, according to an article from Reuters. The ten participants went through a five week detox and virtual reality program in which they first were relaxed, tempted by others drinking, and then potentially repulsed by others getting sick from drinking. Following the weeks of detox and the three simulations, participants were found to have decreased metabolic activity in the limbic system, similar to those without alcohol dependence. This type of therapy warrants much further research but could be promising for those suffering from alcoholism or a variety of addictions.

 

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.