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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 4 2018 5:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

       Thank you for checking out Interventionville, the world’s first virtual reality application that introduces people with addiction to various forms of treatment in a beautiful and immersive VR environment.

     Below you’ll find details on why we’re driven to help solve this problem, why we’ve got the right team to achieve this, some of the unique rewards we want to offer you to say thank you for backing Interventionville and finally what some of the risks are. Let’s begin!

How did I become interested in Addiction Medicine and come up with the idea for Interventionville?

     You may have heard the adage “never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”? During medical school I suffered from a really bad sports injury and required multiple orthopedic surgeries. If you’ve ever been through any type of surgery, you’ll know how big of deal this is, and can even be life threatening. Seeing my x-ray, you will understand why I was concerned I might never be able to do all the activities I once enjoyed.

My foot after two surgeries.
My foot after two surgeries.

     By the time I had my second surgery, I was beginning to have a hard time controlling the pain I was feeling. After that surgery, no matter what medication I took, the pain kept getting worse. I consulted with several pain specialists and learned I’d probably developed opioid-induced hyperalgesia. This means that my body had developed a “rebound response” from using opioid painkillers for an extended period of time. Without opioids in my system, even the slightest pain felt severe.  

     The treatment I discovered, was to wean myself off the opioids altogether, and manage my pain with a variety of physical modalities and non-opioid alternatives. This was physically and mentally one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do – more difficult than basic training in the Army. Once this process was complete, I was able to get my pain to a manageable level and eventually eliminate it.  

     During my residency training in Internal Medicine, I saw how many patients struggled with the same problem. Since there is such a fine line between treating pain and addiction, I decided that Addiction Medicine was the field where I could personally have the biggest impact for the greatest number of people. I saw firsthand how challenging of a problem it was, yet not enough people were focusing on it.  

     Part of the strategy to keep myself from going back to the comforting feeling of the opioid pain medicines had been my participation in mutual help groups. They’re not for everyone, but I think with the various different options that are available today – most people can find a meeting type they’ll enjoy.  

     During my final year of Internal Medicine residency, I had the opportunity to do an elective at Stanford University in Addiction Medicine. While there, I attended a healthcare technology conference and learned about the benefits of virtual reality. The next day I had a lecture on the benefits of mutual help groups and how the current referral methods to them are often ineffective. A couple days later, I became inspired to use the virtual reality technology I’d learned about at the conference to create a more effective referral to mutual help groups. The idea for Interventionville was born.

Simulation Details  

Interventionville offers a number of simulation options, which are detailed in this section.  

1. Doctor’s Office  

     There are two different patient scenarios of an initial consultation with an Addiction Medicine specialist, in which the user is present as a third-party viewer. The first case involves a middle-aged woman struggling with her “accidental alcoholism.” The second shows a young college student who has been using progressively more marijuana and seeing his academics and social life begin to suffer. These vignettes were created by Dr. Lembke, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University. By watching the vignettes, the user will begin to think about whether their own use is problematic. Additionally, it shows them that seeking help is nothing to be anxious or ashamed about.   

2. School  

Interventionville School Simulation
Interventionville School Simulation

     The user enters a school and is presented with two different classroom options. In both classrooms, they are instructed by a professor using 3D anatomical models which they can interact with. The first classroom teaches about the biology of reward pathways and the role these play in addiction. The second discusses options for the medical management of addiction and how medications can help fix the damage caused to reward pathways.  

3. Hospital  

Interventionville Hospital Simulation
Interventionville Hospital Simulation

     This offers the chance to visit an open hospital ward, where users can view 5 different patients who have been adversely affected by substance use. In addition to having the problem explained by a physician, the user can view what is going on inside the patient and even interact with the 3D model. This includes being able to view:  

i. Infected heart valves from injecting drugs intravenously  

ii. End-stages of alcoholism causing liver failure and a brain bleed  

iii. Opioid overdose requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation (life support)  

iv. Heart attack from stimulant use  

v. Heart failure from stimulant use  

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4. Church

Interventionville Church
Interventionville Church

     Modeled after Sagrada Família in Barcelona, users can enter a church where a 12-step meeting (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous) will be held. It simulates a guest speaker meeting where a young professional comes and shares his experience with opioids and tells of his strength in times of adversity and offers hope to the audience members. While his story is being told, the user can see key parts of it play out in front of their eyes as an immersive narrative. 

 5. Beach

     This simulation offers a mindfulness-based recovery meeting (similar to Refuge Recovery) on a beautiful tropical beach. This simulation also includes a brief meditation. 

6. Veteran’s club 

     This offers users a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based meeting (similar to SMART Recovery) in the comfortable setting of a veteran’s club. 

     The meeting simulations are abridged versions of real-life meetings, ranging from 15-30 minutes. All the simulations can be completed in a couple hours, which is why hospitals are a key target market for Interventionville. A patient could use it on their last day of hospitalization as they’re waiting around for their discharge paperwork to be completed. 

A Winning Team  

This is the trusted and experienced team of experts behind Interventionville: 

Matthew Prekupec, MD – Founder, Order 66 Labs
Matthew Prekupec, MD – Founder, Order 66 Labs

     Dr. Prekupec is a board-certified Internist with a special interest in Addiction Medicine. He completed medical school at St. George’s University and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles including “Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend” which was cited in The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is an executive member of the Nevada Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of the VRARA Digital Health Committee. He was awarded the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Scholarship in 2017 and was recently admitted to the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University for part-time MPH studies. When not working on digital health applications, he spends time doing hospitalist medicine for Providence Health of Southwest Washington where he received an award for outstanding resident teaching.     

Anna Lembke, MD – Advisor
Anna Lembke, MD – Advisor

     Dr. Lembke is an associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is medical director of Stanford Addiction Medicine, program director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Dr. Lembke received her BA in Humanities from Yale University and her MD from Stanford University, where she also completed her residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in mood disorders. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She chaired the Planning Committee for the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Annual Addiction Medicine Conference and is the former president of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association (AMFDA). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, and is author of the bestselling book, Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.  

Peter Mansky, MD – Advisor
Peter Mansky, MD – Advisor

     Dr. Mansky has had an illustrious career in Psychopharmacology and Addiction Psychiatry spanning over five decades. Highlights of his training include a research fellowship at the NIMH Addiction Research Center and Psychiatry residency and fellowships at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and given over 130 national and international presentations. He is the past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and was the founding Chair of the Physician Health Committee for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He continues his academic interest today as an Associate Editor for Psychiatric Quarterly and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Addictive Diseases. Dr. Mansky’s input was invaluable in crafting the mutual help group narratives.

Unique Rewards  

     The rewards are mostly self-explanatory, but I wanted to highlight a few of them in more detail: the fundraising bricks, billboards, statue and recovery coaching. 

Interventionville Fundraising Brick Reward
Interventionville Fundraising Brick Reward

     The Interventionville application pushes the boundaries of 3D technology. The purpose is two-fold to make the experience more immersive and to keep the user engaged with content they may otherwise not be interested in listening to.  

     When designing the application, I polled thousands of users online about which building they felt would be the most interesting to see modeled in VR. More than 3000 people voted for Sagrada Família, which offers a particularly unique experience in VR, since it is not yet complete in real life. We’ve gone to great lengths to replicate its final design for the Interventionville church. 

     Seeing the 12-step meeting here will be one of the highlights of the application. There is a large area of cobblestone “bricks” in front of the church which can be custom-engraved as a reward for both individuals and corporations.

Interventionville Corporate Billboard Reward
Interventionville Corporate Billboard Reward

     Like the fundraising bricks, the billboards within Interventionville allow you to advertise a recovery-related product or service to users within the consumer version of Interventionville. This is limited to four backers and sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. The map above shows where the billboards can potentially be located.

Interventionville Square Statue Reward
Interventionville Square Statue Reward

     Similar to the bricks and billboards, one backer will have the opportunity to choose what is modeled as the sculpture in the center of the Interventionville square. This may be purchased by individuals or corporations. Above is a preview of the space.

Recovery Coaching:  

     As a physician, researcher and person in long-term recovery from opioid pain medication myself, I am the perfect person for you or your loved one to discuss living with chronic pain or recovery with. Using online video chat (in 15-60 minutes sessions) we can investigate whether your pain medication or substance use has become problematic and why this may have occurred.  

     If you already know you have a problem, or are in recovery, we can discuss strategies for relapse prevention and other recovery tools. Please note I cannot make any medical diagnoses or prescribe treatments for you, but I can relay my general knowledge of treatment options so that you may bring these up for discussion with your healthcare provider.

Notable Feedback  

     Dr. Susil Sivaraman, Internal Medicine physician from Las Vegas said “What Dr. Prekupec has created with Interventionville is truly innovative. Daily, I see patients with addiction to alcohol or drugs and often they are stuck in a cycle of coming back to the hospital every couple of weeks with the same problem.  

     If we had an effective tool, like Interventionville, that patients could use while we have them in the hospital and that could convince patients to participate in treatments – including mutual help groups, that could really improve a lot of lives while at the same time decreasing healthcare expenditures. I’m curious to see the results of their pilot study which is why I chose to support the project. If the study has positive results, then perhaps a similar approach could be used for patient education with other chronic diseases.”  

Stretch Goals

     The minimum goal we have set only allows us to complete the application. To conduct a pilot study, we will need to raise much more, which will be included in the stretch goals. Stay tuned and once our initial target is achieved we will announce the stretch goal targets.

*The research studies cited in the video and above are all available for review on our website.*

**Disclaimer: Interventionville is not meant to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. It is an educational resource meant to inform users about different treatments that already exist.**

Risks and challenges

There is always the chance that something could fall through with the development of the Interventionville application. However, we already have an excellent team of developers and advisors in place, so we feel there is an excellent chance of success and hope that you’ll join us on our quest to help people suffering from addiction.

One risk to highlight would be if the pilot study wasn’t successful, which is a valid concern. Based on the existing studies we’ve reviewed on mutual help groups and more intensive referrals, we have high confidence it will be successful. All of these studies are available for you to review on the Order 66 Labs website.

If the pilot wasn’t successful in increasing user engagement with mutual help groups and yielding higher rates of abstinence, the simulations could be modified easily so that they serve as an addiction and mental health education tool for healthcare professionals instead. We already have multiple institutions who have expressed interest in such a product.

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    Get a custom engraved fundraising brick within Interventionville. Any message you would like - 3 lines of text - 16 characters each. Honor the memory of a loved one or a friend affected by addiction. Personal messages only. Corporate bricks have their own listing. Also become part of a select group of beta testers whose input will help make Interventionville even better. Available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Minimum computing requirements TBD. Special discount!

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    Gold level with recovery coaching!

    Get a package with virtual brick, beta test and 1 hour of recovery coaching via online chat with creator of Interventionville, Dr. Matthew Prekupec. This can be used by yourself or anyone you designate. After an initial 30-minute session, it may be split into intervals of 15 minute session. Note: Cannot give any medical advice, can only discuss your recovery as a whole and offer suggestions that you may bring up with your healthcare provider.

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    Get a package with virtual brick, beta test and 2 hours of recovery coaching via online chat with creator of Interventionville, Dr. Matthew Prekupec. This can be used by yourself or anyone you designate. After an initial 30-60 minute session, the remaining time may be split into intervals of 15 minutes. Note: Cannot give any medical advice, can only discuss your recovery as a whole and offer suggestions that you may bring up with your healthcare provider.

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    Want to let people struggling with addiction or their families know that your company cares? A virtual billboard within Interventionville is the perfect way to let potential customers learn about your recovery-related product or services. Four tactfully placed billboards are available for perpetual display within the consumer version of Interventionville. Site selection is available on a first-come first-served basis. You must email info@order66labs.com for prior approval before selecting this reward. A still image or looping video billboard is included. Optionally, we could make a more interactive ad if you paid the additional costs of development.

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    Available to individuals or corporations, this reward allows you to choose the design for the statue in center of the square in the consumer version perpetually. Proudly display your corporate logo or commemorate yourself or a loved one. Provide us with some still images and we will create the 3d model.

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