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Using TMS to Treat Addiction

Several studies have concluded the potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as an innovative, safe, and cost-effective treatment alternative for alcohol, cocaine, and other substance use disorders. Many physicians have started to use TMS for the undesired symptoms that accompany addiction and withdrawal. Specifically, those patients who may be suffering from severe depression and anxiety as a symptom of withdrawal. TMS can help stimulate the brain and restore one’s control over their mood and cravings.

The use of TMS has shown positive outcomes in fighting cravings, which is typically what causes a person to relapse. In a study investigating the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

for drug addiction, researchers demonstrated that TMS can dampen brain activity in response to drug cues in chronic alcohol users and chronic cocaine users.

Opioid use disorder (OUD) also causes substantial health and social burdens, and is the most prevalent among SUDs. Although opioid agonist therapy has been effective in some patients, the dropout rate and continued use of medications, such as, Suboxone, continue to be evidence that such drugs are not effective for the vast majority of patients or improving the potential pandemic of OUD. However, there is some evidence that shows TMS may be an effective alternative for OUD patients.

Though studies show some hope that TMS can help, there is still much testing to be done. Although some patients have benefitted from TMS therapy for the treatment of addiction, it is important to seek the help of a TMS certified physician with experience in the use of TMS for substance use disorders. If you have tried multiple forms of treatment with no success, then perhaps TMS could help.

ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory connects TMS groups, communities and individuals across the U.S.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that uses magnetic waves to gently stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression.

TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a particularly useful tool for treatment-resistant depression in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments.

TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or another condition, and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option – TMS Directory can connect you with someone in your area who specializes in treating these conditions with the most advanced forms of medicine.

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