TMS for Addiction

Addiction disorder is characterized by the compulsive use of harmful substances like alcohol and smoking, or engagement in faulty behaviors like gambling, despite negative impacts on health, relationships, and daily life.

The condition often involves cycles of relapse and remission, making long-term recovery challenging. It often co-occurs with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

Our TMS therapy at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center has shown promising results in helping people overcome substance and gambling addiction.

Benefits of rTMS Therapy for Addiction

A non-invasive neuromodulation technique, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used to treat people with addictive behaviors.

Repetitive TMS (rTMS) has shown promise in regulating brain activity and reducing addictive behaviors. The different mechanisms of rTMS therapy for addiction include:

  • Neural Regulation: rTMS can help regulate neural activity in key brain regions associated with addiction, such as the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system. This regulation can potentially reduce cravings and impulsive behaviors that drive addiction.
  • Cognitive Control: By targeting specific brain areas involved in decision-making and impulse control, rTMS may enhance cognitive control. This improvement can help individuals resist urges to engage in addictive behaviors, supporting better decision-making and self-regulation.
  • Neuroplasticity: rTMS promotes neuroplastic changes in the brain, facilitating the rewiring of neural circuits that underlie addictive behaviors. This neuroplasticity can foster long-term recovery by creating new, healthier patterns of behavior and thought processes.


Application of TMS in Gambling Addiction


TMS is particularly beneficial in treating behavioral addictions like gambling disorders. Gambling addiction is characterized by dysregulation in neural circuits related to reward processing, impulse control, and decision-making.

TMS can target these specific brain areas, helping to modulate activity and reduce the compulsive behaviors associated with gambling. Patients receiving TMS for gambling addiction often experience improved impulse control and a decrease in the urge to gamble, contributing to sustained recovery.


The Process of TMS for Addiction at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center

Our application of TMS for addiction treatment follows a structured and patient-centered approach. The process is designed to ensure the safety, efficacy, and individualization of each patient's unique needs.

  • Initial Assessment: Our team of experts do a comprehensive evaluation to determine the suitability of TMS for the patient. This assessment includes a detailed review of the patient's addiction severity, medical history, and previous treatment experiences.
  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on our initial assessment, we work with you to develop a personalized TMS treatment plan. This plan outlines the specific brain regions to be targeted and the frequency of sessions.
  • rTMS Sessions: During each session, patients are comfortably seated while a magnetic coil is positioned over the targeted brain area. The coil delivers magnetic pulses, stimulating neural activity. Sessions typically last 20-40 minutes and are conducted several times a week over a period of weeks or months, depending on our treatment plan.
  • Monitoring and Adjustment: Throughout the TMS treatment process, we closely monitor the patient's progress. We make adjustments to the treatment protocol as needed to optimize outcomes. Regular follow-ups ensure that we promptly address any emerging issues and that patients receive continuous support.


At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, the thoughtful application of this technology, combined with personalized care and integration with other therapeutic interventions, offers a promising pathway for individuals seeking to overcome addiction and reclaim their lives.