The misuse of alcohol and illicit drugs is a topic of national conversation these days. Addiction can have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and communities across our nation. People use drugs or alcohol to relax, escape problems, or reward themselves.

            Drugs and alcohol excite the parts of the brain that make you feel good. When someone continues to misuse drugs and alcohol, they need to consume more and more to get the same feeling. Soon, it can feel like you can’t enjoy life or even cope without them. Your brain and your body must have the substance to feel normal and function. Over time addiction and dependency take hold and can bring down the best people.

            Addiction is complex. It’s more than simply wanting to do something. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The impact of addiction can be seen in both the brain structure as well as brain functioning. There’s no denying the devastation that addiction causes.

TMS Therapy for Drug & Alochol Addiction at PASWFL

            At PASWFL, our Chapter 3 psychiatry program provides the most up-to-date science and technology available in the area. We continue to move forward by incorporating cutting-edge, emerging treatments to help members of our community find hope and healing. Now, we’re adding TMS Therapy for Addiction to our service menu.

            TMS Therapy has been an effective tool in treating Major Depression since its FDA approval in 2008. It’s a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain and is well-tolerated for many patients. At PASWFL, we use advanced therapies like rTMS, TBS, Genomic Testing, and Ketamine Infusions to treat many behavioral disorders. We’ve always been committed to providing the highest caliber of care by utilizing the most up-to-date science.

            Now, neuroimaging and emerging modern research show promising results for TMS Therapy in treating drug and alcohol use disorders. Recently, Dr. Colleen Hanlon, leader of the Clinical Neuromodulation Program at Wake Forest University, has demonstrated the effective use of using TMS and/or TBS with a coil placement at Fp1 to more effectively treat alcohol and other addictions.

Moving Forward in Recovery and Restoration

            PASWFL will begin to offer TMS Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Use Disorders within the coming weeks. If you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol or drug use disorder, reach out for support. Our compassionate team is here to help you find recovery and restoration from the crippling burden of addiction.

            Give our office a call today to learn more about this upcoming innovative treatment option for drug and alcohol use disorder.

Sources and Resources:

  • Kearney-Ramos, Lench, et al 2019 Scientific Reports
  • (rTMS in Cocaine users) Terraneo et. al 2016
  • (her research) Hanlon et. al 2015
  • (rTMS in smokers) Dinur-Klein et al 2014
  • Scheffer et al 2017
  • (rTMS Heavy Alcohol Use) Herremans 2012