Advocate article on Imagine/Send Me a Friend Lifeshop
VIRTUAL REALITY COULD OPEN A NEW WORLD FOR RECOVERING ADDICTS
Ivan Neville stores a remarkable snapshot, both festive and bleak, on his phone as a stark reminder of life before sobriety.
The photo shows the New Orleans keyboardist and singer huddled with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Lenny Kravitz before a Rolling Stones concert at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium in August 1994.
Richards had flown Neville to New Jersey to join the Rolling Stones onstage that night. Neville had contributed to the Stones’ then-current “Voodoo Lounge” album; he also was a member of Richards’ solo band, the X-Pensive Winos.
If the Giants Stadium show went well, he might have been offered a larger role with the Rolling Stones.
The game changer is that the 360-degree videos will be inexpensive, on a smart phone in VR glasses, even homemade ones of cardboard. Around 85 percent of people with drug addiction relapse within a year of treatment, but what if virtual reality could give them a better chance at readjusting to the world?The key to that technology could be right here in New Orleans…
While attending a recovery fundraiser at a friend’s house in early 2017, we were heartbroken to learn that our Uptown New Orleans community lost several members last year due to substance use and suicide. We know that substance misuse and mental health issues know no boundaries...