“We may not always be able to control what we are, but we can control what we do.” – Akiroq Brost
Drug rehab treatment is essential for lifelong sobriety, but it is only the first step in recovery. It’s vital to maintain the effectiveness of your treatment long-term. To do so, you’ll want to ensure that you have the proper defenses against relapses. This includes avoiding potential triggers that could create an urge to abuse substances again. TMS therapy for addiction is one such substance abuse treatment that can help reduce these urges.
When many of us first come into treatment or 12-Steps fellowships, we’re informed rather quickly of one thing. That is that it’s wise to “avoid the people, places and things” that remind us of our former using lifestyle. This is because people with substance addiction are generally more reactive to cues associated with drug use.
TMS therapy is a tool we can use to address substance abuse and other mental health issues. Addiction changes the chemical make-up of the brain, changing how the brain sends and receives neurotransmitters. TMS therapy can help to reverse those changes. To learn whether our TMS therapy program can support your recovery, please contact BoardPrep Recovery Center today at 866.796.4720.
About TMS Therapy for Addiction
TMS therapy is an acronym for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Drug cue reactivity refers to a person’s physiological and subjective reactions, such as cravings, when exposed to drug-related stimuli. These stimuli can be as simple as seeing a liquor bottle or drug paraphernalia. According to recent research studies involving people with either alcohol use disorder or cocaine use disorder, this ‘drug cue reactivity’* can be significantly reduced by the use of TMS therapy for addiction.
TMS therapy for addiction is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique. It targets the brain’s circuitry most responsible for drug-taking behaviors, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. According to the study’s authors, applying magnetic stimulation to this area calms brain activity in response to drug cues. TMS therapy for addiction can achieve a number of favorable results, including:
- Reduced drug cravings
- Better impulse control
- Non-invasive yet effective reduction of symptoms
Using brain imaging both before and after TMS, the study indicates that a single session significantly reduced cue reactivity in both alcohol users and cocaine users.
How Addiction Is Treated at Its Source with TMS
“Since cue reactivity has previously been associated with abstinence, these studies suggest a common mechanism for treatment effects across disorders, with fMRI (precise measures of brain activity) serving as a promising neural readout of treatment effects,” said Cameron Carter, MD, Editor of Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
This new neural circuit-based treatment for substance dependence (i.e., TMS) adds a leading-edge neuroscience component to the field of addiction recovery. It is a perfect tool for addiction treatment professionals and medical practitioners to help those who have struggled with relapse in the past. Therefore, those who have relapsed in the past can find the control and willpower they’ve been searching for using TMS therapy.
Find Healing at BoardPrep Recovery
TMS therapy is only part of the treatment we provide at BoardPrep Recovery Center. We offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic options, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
Struggling to control your cravings during recovery is normal. Experiencing these feelings does not mean you are not well on your way to recovery. Give BoardPrep Recovery at call at 866.796.4720 today to learn if our TMS therapy for addiction is right for you! Everyone goes through a unique recovery journey, and some people just need more help than others.