Enhancing Prospective Thinking in Early Recovery
The purpose of this study is to better understand what factors, demographic characteristics, and interventions predict better recovery-related outcomes.
The primary purpose of this study is feasibility of this yet-untested intervention. The goals of this feasibility study are to: 1) troubleshoot and optimize the VR paradigm (volume and timing of narrative, lighting, resolution, possible tracking issues, appearance of the avatar, etc), 2) test the fMRI portion in a random subset of subjects, and 3) generate preliminary data for extramural funding. The numerous technical and psychological elements require careful task refinement before it can be used effectively. The specific aims outlined here focus on usability of the VR equipment, emotional impact of the intervention, recovery-related outcomes, and fMRI task presentation. Note that the specific aims of the clinical intervention study will be to increase abstinence rates and to measure neural activation to a future self presented in VR, although the necessarily small sample here precludes an appropriately-powered study.
Participants will be paid for their participation.