CBT is the psychological intervention par excellence used for tobacco use disorder. It influences changes and the restructuring of cognitive processes that, together with the learning of new behaviors, becomes an effective tool to abandon consumption and not relapse.
Virtual reality (VR) combined with techniques of stimulus exposure therapy (ET) has shown to have favorable results to quit smoking, managing to reduce cravings and consumption. Being able to experience in a virtual environment familiar situations associated with consumption, allows to train the mind and to prepare the smoker to behave differently when the stimulus appears.
Mindfulness training helps the smoker to bring attention to the present moment, working on the recognition of affective states and the urge to smoke when it appears. Treatments that include mindfulness increase abstinence rates when compared to other standard treatments, by intervening on the association established between the urge and the consequent behavior.
Since users share the same problem, each interaction between the participants of the community helps the emergence of qualities such as resilience, empathic listening, compassion and love. The mirror effect produced by reading others in the same situation, such as sharing one's own experiences, has a strong influence in learning new skills and putting them into practice.
Mindcotine's clinical research was conducted in partnership with the University of Flores and the LINCS (Research Laboratory in Neuroscience and Social Sciences) in Argentina, resulting in an abstinence rate of 33% with a 90-day follow-up after treatment completion; while the level of adherence to treatment exceeded 80% of the sample, being among the highest compared with other mHealth tools. For more information about the research send us an email and we will contact you.