Project Details


It is essential to look for new forms of care, with an emphasis on Prevention, Relocation and Replacement (Health & Care Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2020-2030). Especially when it comes to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Globally, more than 5% of all illness and injury are attributable to AUD. Treatment is challenging; 47-75% of AUD patients who are clinically detoxified relapse within one year. Recovry aims to prevent an unhealthy lifestyle due to (alcohol) addiction by developing and testing a Virtual Reality (VR) self-prevention tool (relocating and replacing care treatment). Although research shows that VR is used successfully in health care and in the treatment of alcohol addiction, especially through the creation of presence, it has not been tested for effectiveness and implementation (as an adjuvant in a clinical post-detoxification phase of an AUD- therapy). The question of whether virtual-humans should be used in a VR treatment and whether 3600 recorded VR or computer generated (CG) VR should be selected before. The use of a virtual human in VR has expected advantages (more effect) but also disadvantages (more costs). The expected advantages and disadvantages of 360o VR (cheaper, faster, more personal) and CG VR (more flexible and interactive) also cause choice and implementation problems. Recovry is the first project in which a VR tool is (further) developed in which an AUD treatment can (and will) be tested for the effect and effectiveness of adding virtual humans in CG and 360o VR environments as part of preventive care for patients with an AUD. This project thus serves as a prelude to cooperation in the Netherlands around a more effective implementation of VR in the (self) care system and thus the active and independent integration of former AUD patients in society (“more people, less patients”).
Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/21




  • Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET)
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Digital Humans
  • Alcohol addiction


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