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.
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.