Accession Number : AD1025212

Title :   Virtual Reality and Cellular Phones as a Complementary Intervention for Veterans with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,29 Sep 2008,28 Sep 2013

Corporate Author : Duke University Medical Center Durham United States

Personal Author(s) : Rosenthal,Mark Z

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2013

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The primary aim of this study was to conduct a preliminary randomized controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy a novel adjunctive behavioral intervention for Veterans (N = 38) with PTSD and co-occurring addiction. The experimental intervention was conducted during 10 weeks of prolonged exposure (PE) for PTSD, and used a virtual reality-based cue exposure platform to reduce craving to addiction-related cues coupled with cellular phones to deliver reminders of learning to extinguish cravings. Participants were randomized to receive PE alone or PE augmented by exposure with portable extinction reminders. Results indicate that the intervention is feasible to implement and acceptable to participants as an adjunct to standard PE.

Descriptors :   traumatic stress disorder , DRUG ADDICTION , statistical analysis , intervention , therapeutics , mobile phones , mental health , pilot studies , department of defense , virtual reality , DRUG ABUSE , extinction , VETERANS (MILITARY PERSONNEL) , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , EXPOSURE (PHYSIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE