If other addiction treatment methods have not worked for you, one option your doctor may suggest is the TMS therapy program. The TMS therapy program in Los Angeles at Westwind Recovery is a proven method of treating addiction. 

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What is TMS Treatment

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, otherwise known as TMS, is an option for people struggling with addiction. A brain pathway (or neuronal pathway) is like a power line between two brain regions. A brain pathway is made up of interconnected neurons, and signals travel along them from one area of the brain to another. Neurotransmitters are molecules that allow a message to move from one neuron to another. All drugs of abuse interfere with neurotransmitter signaling in some way.

Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter used by the reward pathway. Neurologists also call this pathway the mesolimbic pathway. Most drugs of abuse interfere with dopamine signaling. This interference compels addicts to continually seek more and more of their “drug of choice” as they develop a tolerance to usual doses. At the same time, they are looking for the same dopamine rewards promised by minuscule doses when they first started getting high.

Many drugs of abuse also interfere with serotonin signaling. These include cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, and alcohol. Serotonin plays a role in many processes, including body temperature regulation, sleep, mood, appetite, and pain. Problems with serotonin signaling are linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression. Many medications for treating depression increase serotonin levels in the brain.

To combat these maladies and arm our clients with the latest tools science has to offer, Westwind Recovery often-times will work with the Southern California TMS Center.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents an exciting non-medication and noninvasive option for the treatment of some brain health conditions, specifically TMS for depression. TMS works by using magnetic therapy in the form of magnetic field pulses to stimulate the brain’s nerve cells to alleviate the symptoms associated with depression. Also, there is growing research exploring the effectiveness of TMS in other neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

Is the TMS Treatment Program Safe?

Our concern for your safety is paramount. TMS is a noninvasive treatment, which means you won’t need an incision or general anesthesia. For most clients, there are no drawbacks. However, some people experience side effects, such as:

  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Irritation at the stimulation site on the scalp
  • Headache
  • Twitching on the face

For some clients, there is a possibility of more severe side effects, such as seizures or mania. However, these side effects are rare. 

TMS is entirely painless. Clients report that they can feel a tapping from the coils during treatment, but the tapping does not hurt. 

TMS Therapy Program at Westwind Recovery

The TMS therapy program at Westwind Recovery is one of many programs we offer our clients. Besides our TMS therapy program, we also provide:

If you’d like to learn more about how the TMS therapy program in Los Angeles can help you defeat addiction, contact Westwind Recovery at 855.340.8832 today! Recovery is within reach at Westwind Recovery.