Trigger or Treat: Using Technology to Facilitate the Perception of Cravings and Corresponding Cues for Achieving Clinical-friendly Drug Psychotherapy

Chuang Wen You, Min Wei Hung, Chi Ting Hou, Chieh Jui Ho, Chien Wen Tina Yuan, Nanyi Bi, Ming Chyi Huang

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Abstract

Drug addiction is a chronic condition, marked by compulsive drug use. In previous research, cue exposure and biofeedback technologies proved effective in drug psychotherapy sessions; however, the focus has generally been on the awareness of cravings and the identification of cues. There has been relatively little research on methods aimed at facilitating therapist-patient communication, particularly from a user-centered perspective. In this paper, we describe a qualitative technology probe study exploring the means by which patients identify cues and perceive cravings as well as the way that they communicate with therapists. Our analysis considers the difficulties in cue identification and craving perception, the interactions between the two, and the means by which these characteristics could impact the design of VR support systems in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Volume7
Issue number1 CSCW
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr 16
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • biofeedback
  • clinical-friendly
  • drug addiction
  • psychotherapy
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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