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Addiction Treatment

When addiction strikes, it doesn’t just impact one person—it also affects everyone around them. Fighting a substance abuse disorder is difficult enough on its own, but to make matters worse, treatment options for addiction are pretty minimal. Withdrawal symptoms can be extreme when detoxing from alcohol or Opiates and standard treatments, like CBT or self help groups, may not be enough to stop you relapsing; the cravings may be too hard to ignore.According to Harvard Health, addiction exerts power over the brain in three definitive ways:
  • Intense cravings for the object of addiction.
  • Loss of control over its use.
  • Continued involvement with it regardless of consequence.
To be clear, addiction is more complex and congenital than simply wanting to do something or feel a certain way. In fact, its impact on the brain can be seen in structure as well as function.Relapses are frequent even with the best intentions.Frequent trips to the Rehab can be disheartening and painful.Recent studies have highlighted the potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as an innovative, safe, and cost-effective treatment for alcohol, Opiates and other substance use disorders. A new review article by Antonello Bonci, M.D., of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), with Lorenzo Leggio, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and colleagues in the United States and Italy, addresses the scientific rationale for using repetitive TMS to treat patients with addictive disorders. Drawing on data from studies in animals and preliminary research in humans, the review suggests that TMS of frontal brain regions may change specific brain circuits and lead to substantial changes in addictive behaviors.The Brain circuits targeted by TMS are one which controls the mood and one which controls cravings.Normal mood and reduced cravings are key to long term maintenance of Sobriety.Call us Today to find out if TMS therapy for addiction is right for you!
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