Addiction is a chronic disease like any other, rooted in the patterns of the brain.
We support those suffering from addiction with healthy coping mechanisms and skills — increasing motivation to stay the course to recovery and manage stress, anxiety, and fear that put positive change at risk.
Opioid use is soaring.
The estimated number of overdose deaths reached 93,331 in 2020, a staggering increase of 29% more than in previous years.
Intervene in productive ways.
Medications like buprenorphine are currently the most effective intervention for opioid use disorder (OUD). Yet, behavioral care can help correct dysregulation in the brain’s reward systems and prevent relapse long-term.
Addiction comes at a cost.
Not only does dependency take a heart-wrenching emotional toll in the U.S., but it also puts an untenable financial strain on people and loved ones suffering with addiction. Patients, providers and payers incur 2-3x higher healthcare costs when substance use disorders come into play.
Target the underlying causes.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, when practiced in tandem with Medication-Assisted Treatment, are a powerful modality for targeting the neurocognitive processes that exacerbate or lead to addiction in the first place.
How we approach Addiction Recovery.
We give people in treatment an opportunity to hear from folks who have been in their shoes, building a sense of shared experience and community.
We offer a tailored, progress-oriented experience focused on educating and empowering people with substance use disorders to take agency over their health.
We support recovery specialists by extending the value of empathetic human care into a virtual space, where patients can practice and build resilience in ways that feel safe, self-directed and stigma-free.
Thanks to a grant awarded through the National Institute of Health HEAL initiative, we are working with Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, to develop a VR version of his renowned cognitive-affective training intervention MORE (Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement).
What addiction programs are available today?
You can get in touch with us today to access our first recovery augmentation product, RecoVRy. This program is rooted in education, mindfulness and community narratives. We are currently hard at work on a next-level addiction program for opioid use disorders, in collaboration with Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LSCW, and the University of Utah College of Social Work.
Is VR therapy proven to work?
Virtual Reality can be a very powerful medium for strengthening the brain’s ability to focus, learn and retain valuable experiences. People who have used our programs say it has been an accelerant of positive change in their lives, most seeing improvements in as little as four weeks. 85% report significant stress reduction and 89% say they wish they could get access to BehaVR programs long term, for example, as a benefit offered by their employers.
Can VR be a replacement for other therapies or treatments?
Virtual therapeutics and wellness programs can be extremely effective in helping extinguish stress, anxiety and fear. This is why we have built all our programs on the S.A.F.E. protocol. Wherever you are in your journey, there is a growing body of evidence to support the idea that Virtual Reality is the most effective and transformative therapeutic medium for mental health — from its ability to strengthen brainwaves to its potential for healing trauma and opioid addiction.
With more funding pouring into relevant research fields than ever before, new insights are being formed every day. And each takes us a step closer to finally making mental health support available to everyone who needs it, whether they choose to use Virtual Reality on their own, or as an adjunct to another care program with a licensed clinician. For example, a patient with chronic pain may require PNE+ in VR to lower their tendency to catastrophize pain, and this can be meaningful whether done in the home, or with a physical therapist as a tool for meditation and education about the brain-body connection prior to sessions. VR has the ability to change both how people feel and how they function.
Who can benefit from mental health care in VR?
Everyone can benefit, as the medium and is incredibly accessible. While VR experiences can be expensive to develop, they are very cost-effective to distribute. We often ask ourselves: “What good is innovation in healthcare if most people can’t access it?” Our mission is to reimagine how people access and experience care by leveraging the unique neurological powers of VR and distributing it in engaging ways — until as many people as possible have an easy, engaging and effective way into better mental health.
How can I partner with BehaVR?
We’re thrilled you’re interested to learn all About Us and join us in our mission. If our vision resonates with you and you are in a position to bring one of our programs to your community or population, please Get In Touch and let’s explore what we can create or make possible together.
Let’s Start a Conversation.
Interested to partner on Addiction Recovery? Have a question or idea to share? We’d love to hear from you.