Tue, Mar 20: When people think about virtual reality, the first thing to come to mind is usually gaming. But Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres in Ontario are now using the technology to help people struggling with alcoholism overcome their addiction.
Minna Rhee reports. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for Linda Ryan to put on her goggles.
The 58-year-old admits this is her first exposure to Virtual Reality and at first found it jarring because she’s not a gamer. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is for kids.
I can’t do this. But then the smells start coming out, and it enhances different feelings in my body,” Ryan tells Global News. “I’m a recovering alcoholic — been sober just over two years.” Her last bender almost cost Linda her life, landing her in hospital shortly after her husband had committed suicide. “My skin was actually green, eyes were yellow.
I didn’t even realize they’d given me a blood transfusion until I opened up a letter which came in the mail after returning home.”
Moms talk strep A after childbirth, ‘I was just scared that I would sleep and not wake up’ The smells Ryan is referring to is rum. Rum cocktails were Linda’s drink of choice as an alcoholic. It’s the scent which wafts out of the hardware of the Virtual Reality system used at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centre in Erin, Ont. Read more from globalnews.ca…
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