Emerging Technologies in Addiction Treatment | Banyan Mass

Emerging Technologies in Addiction Treatment


Technology is constantly advancing, even in the field of addiction treatment.

At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we’re proud to be part of a family of facilities providing the latest in drug addiction treatment technology. One of the most notable technologies in addiction treatment is virtual reality, also known as VR. Dr. Phil has developed a drug addiction treatment tool utilizing the latest in VR technology, creating a system known as Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery. Here is how this technology supports recovery.

VR For Addiction Treatment

We utilize VR for addiction treatment alongside therapies delivered in-person by our addiction experts. While VR is not a standalone addiction treatment, this technology can augment other approaches to therapy. Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery can be combined with group therapy, individual therapy, and other treatment approaches. Patients use VR technology to:

  • Engage in “face-to-face” therapy sessions with Dr. Phil
  • Assess the root cause of their addiction
  • Identify how to achieve sobriety

Following the VR aspect of Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery, patients then complete a workbook that delves into their treatment further. They also meet with an addiction expert to further explore their opportunities for growth. This program uses drug addiction treatment technology to help achieve goals akin to motivational interviewing, which is a time-tested treatment technique.

How VR Enhances Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a multifaceted challenge, and effective treatment should address the many aspects of this disease. With drug addiction treatment technology, such as VR, patients are able to address many aspects of their addiction.

To learn more about additional technologies for addiction treatment, or to explore your options with Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery, call us today at 888-280-4763.


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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.