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Wearing VR Glasses For Drug Addiction Assessment And Treatment
- Jul 05, 2018 -

On June 26, 2018, it was the 31st International Anti-Drug Day. The interface reporter walked into the Qingdong Compulsory Isolation and Drug Rehabilitation Center in Shanghai. In the Mental Health Guidance Center, more than a dozen drug addicts are wearing VR glasses and are assessed for drug addiction. They first saw an island on the sea. A drug addict lifted his head and was surrounded by vast expanses of sea, making people feel relaxed. Some drug addicts feel uncomfortable and do not move with glasses. "You can look up and down." Police reminded. There are also drug abusers who are shocked: "Hey, what is this?"

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When the ECG and physiological devices caught on their left hand show that the physiological indicators are stable, the next video will be cut in the VR glasses.


This is a home environment where a man and a woman are sitting on the sofa, with a homemade "curling" on the front table and two long straws on the "curling". The woman in the picture took a sip of something in the curling, as if it had become scented, and then the man in the picture took a sip, and the straw made a "squeaky" sound, which appeared in the mouth of the eater. smoke. At this point, a drug addict who wore VR glasses moved his throat and he swallowed swallowing.


“To assess drug addiction, we must first induce cravings. Our virtual scenes include ‘skating’ and ‘slipping ice.” Zhang Qingjing, a police officer from Qingdong. In the above-mentioned "skating" scene, some drug addicts feel very shocked, very embarrassed, especially want to suck, they often use  to describe this excitement.


Then, the drug addict will see the next virtual reality scene: two people take out the ice and continue to smoke; the other two do not take drugs, but in the flower arrangement. "At this stage, the infrared eye tracker can capture the gaze stay and duration of the drug addicts." Zhang Chaojing explained. An eye movement map, an eye movement map, and a comparison of interest and non-interest areas will be generated on the computer to assess the sensitivity of the drug addict to drugs.


Before and after the VR video starts, a self-evaluation scale test will appear in the VR glasses. The drug rehabilitation personnel can hold the VR handle to complete the test. In the end, the computer will generate a drug addiction assessment report based on the above reaction of the drug addict, showing whether the drug addict's dependence on drugs is high or low.


On June 6, Wang Dongyu, secretary of the Party Committee of Shanghai Drug Addiction Administration, disclosed to the media for the first time that the Shanghai Drug Addiction Administration has cooperated with social research institutions, colleges and universities for scientific drug rehabilitation for many years, and carried out empirical research on drug rehabilitation technology methods. Scientific research and development, focusing on exploring new technologies and methods for non-drug drug treatment. The above cooperation has achieved five more mature technical achievements, including virtual reality detoxification correction, repetitive transcranial magnetic therapy, intelligent psychological correction, brain wave cognitive intervention, and exercise depression training.


Among the five technologies, VR technology is the most representative. VR technology, also known as virtual reality technology, Shanghai Drug Addiction Bureau reproduces drug use scenes by shooting simulated drug use scenes and 3D digital modeling. Detoxification personnel wear VR glasses in the virtual reality scene. Once they are induced to be addicted to drugs, they will be recorded the gaze track and physiological parameters, and the system will automatically generate a drug addiction report.


Interestingly, most of the above five new technologies can be presented through games. “The emergence of new technologies has greatly changed the functional positioning of the compulsory isolation drug rehabilitation center.” Xu Ding, deputy researcher of the Shanghai Drug Addiction Administration, who was honored as a “master” of drug rehabilitation, said in an interview with the interface news on June 25, “ The core lies in the labor camp. The current method of detoxification pays more attention to the use of scientific methods and pays more attention to the law of detoxification."


Jiang Wenying, director of the Shanghai Municipal Drug Addiction Treatment Bureau, told the interface reporter on June 25 that the results of the above five drug treatment technologies will be promoted and applied in the city's drug rehabilitation centers.


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