TMS and addiction
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tms reduces cravings
The first line of treatment for addiction is generally counselling and psychotherapy, especially utilizing methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Unfortunately, these forms of therapy are not always readily available or accessible. Counselling and psychotherapy require a medium to long term commitment and active engagement by the patient, and recovery can be a slow process. Currently, there are no effective medication-based treatments for addiction.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been shown to reduce substance intake and cravings is therefore considered an effective adjunct to counselling and psychotherapy for treating addiction.
TMS is not a cure for addiction – which is a chronic, relapsing disorder, but the beneficial effects of TMS are durable and stable and TMS can be re-administered. TMS has been shown to reduce some of the co-morbid symptoms associated with addiction such as depression and anxiety.
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