medication assisted treatment virtual reality

The Future Of Opioid Addiction Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment Virtual Reality will be a part of the future of addiction treatment. In fact, it is already, in the form of telemedicine, in use today. Patients are getting medical help to recover from opiate and opioid addiction without having to leave their homes. MATVR will someday advance opioid therapy to the point that remote treatment may be superior to regular in-office visits.

What must we do to make MATVR a reality?

While video conferencing is a key part of MATVR in its present form, many other pieces of the overall framework must come together to make it a reality. Medication assisted treatment virtual reality will continue to advance as technology moves forward.

Immersive VR technology will be a cornerstone of MATVR.

We are already seeing the birth of VR now in the early 21st century. While children are playing 3D world games, such as Roblox and Minecraft, early adopters are experimenting with Facebook’s Oculus Rift. Hence, the field of VR will continue to advance rapidly.

Medical monitoring and VR convergence.

In order to monitor a patient, it is important to be able to take measurements. There is already tech that can monitor patients remotely in their homes. Imagine a device that can measure all vital signs in real time when a patient enters the virtual world with their doctor. And, vital signs are only the beginning.

There are still limitations to overcome.

As you can imagine, not all testing done today as part of an addiction evaluation can easily transfer to the virtual world. For medication assisted treatment virtual reality to work fully, we will need new ways to monitor compliance. For example, a urine drug screen can not be done over the internet. Yet, while urine tests can be fooled by clever patients, artificial intelligence software may not be so easily tricked.

AI in the virtual world will be of the utmost importance.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is advancing very quickly. In fact, it is developing exponentially. This is because, when an intelligent system reaches a certain level of competence, it can help to develop itself. Therefore, AI evolution will soon decouple itself from the limits of human scientists. AI systems are already outperforming human doctors in some areas, as described in this article.

Medication Assisted Treatment Virtual Reality.

The reason we order urine drug screens is to verify the honesty of our patients. Hence, we must know if our patients are taking their medication as directed and not using drugs. In the near future, AI will be able to determine if a patient is being honest with near 100% accuracy. In fact, AI can interact with a patient privately, without the doctor, or anyone else seeing the results at first. A patient will have the opportunity to correct themselves before being caught in a lie. The patient will know that they must not relapse because the AI system will detect it more accurately than any blood or urine test. Continuous AI monitoring will also be able to detect subtle changes, such as cravings and other harmful invasive thoughts and negative feelings. The doctor may then adjust medical therapy appropriately.

There is no need to fear Big Brother.

While this may seem like Big Brother and an invasion of privacy, it is likely that many patients struggling with addiction will welcome AI monitoring. It will be an objective and nonjudgemental intelligent system. When a patient has dangerous thoughts about using drugs, they want to ask for help, but their addiction suppresses their ability to be honest about destructive thoughts and cravings. AI monitoring will provide a futuristic form of therapy to help the patient recover more quickly and reliably. Success rates of treatment will improve dramatically.