Recovery Centers Of America Collaborates With Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions To Introduce Virtual Reality Treatment Enhancement At Two Maryland Facilities
Authored by Ken Redmile
New method uses sensory immersion to build healthy coping skills in patients experiencing substance use disorder and anxiety, reduces likelihood of relapse
Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall and Recovery Centers of America Capital Region (RCA), two Maryland substance use disorder treatment facilities, today announced a collaboration with Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions to introduce virtual reality (VR) technology as a way to enhance the treatment of addiction and anxiety. The technology helps patients overcome the difficult early stages of treatment and fortifies their long-term recovery.
People suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) are twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders. Recent research also indicates that nearly half of those who experience a mental health disorder also experience SUD and vice versa.
Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions, in conjunction with BehaVR, developed the program to address stress reduction through mindfulness practice. As an immersive, interactive therapeutic tool, it is used to teach patients how to decrease an anxious response and promote healthy ways they can ease their anxiety, such as meditation, breath work, and other evidence-based strategies.
Patients who are admitted for drug and alcohol treatment and also experience anxiety at RCA at Bracebridge Hall, located in the northern part of the state, and RCA Capital Region, located near Washington D.C., will be recommended for the program.
“We’re excited to work with Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions and offer an innovative, proven technology to assist our patients and provide them with the best, personalized care,” said Kerry King, Psy.D., MBA, Vice President of Clinical Services, RCA. “Introducing this program during a patient’s inpatient care, while also utilizing immersive mindfulness techniques, can help diminish the overwhelming – and sometimes debilitating – stress or anxiety many experience when beginning treatment. It also supports relapse prevention for lasting recovery.”