At GIA, we know that there are as many approaches to treating mental health concerns and substance abuse as there are individuals suffering from these conditions. This is in large part because when we talk about such issues, we are not just talking about a single condition. Every individual reacts differently to different therapeutic approaches because each mental health issue and substance use disorder is itself a combination of many factors. And as such, the most successful types of therapy depend on a multidisciplinary approach. That is, they depend on a combination of proper lifestyle, psychological support, medications, and brain stimulation. And this is where our TMS therapy program can become a life-changing treatment.
The Quiet Revolution of TMS Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation — or “TMS therapy,” for short — is a cutting-edge, non-invasive approach to treating mood and behavioral disorders, as well as addiction.
Clinicians have been using TMS therapy with patients for decades. In fact, it was first brought into the clinical setting in the mid-1980s as a treatment for medication-resistant depression. Importantly, patients in addiction therapy programs often suffer from depression and anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure). Furthermore, the brain area usually stimulated by TMS for treating depression, called the “dorsolateral prefrontal cortex,” is the same area that clinicians stimulate to treat craving and relapse to drugs of abuse or cigarette smoking. Hundreds of clinical studies have been published on the role of TMS in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, and many types of addiction, and on its efficacy at doing so. For example, a study released by Harvard University, among many other peer-reviewed sources, notes that up to 60 percent of patients whose depression was resistant to medication saw positive results when they tried TMS therapy.
TMS is not complicated. A member of our medical team places a magnetic coil on the patient’s scalp, creating a magnetic field. The coil is then targeted to stimulate groups of cells in the frontal areas of the brain associated with depression and addiction, among other conditions. The small electromagnetic pulses are painless, the procedure itself is non-invasive, and stimulation sessions usually last no more than 15 minutes. Importantly, TMS can generally be administered without patients having to reduce or interrupt the medications that they are taking.
TMS Therapy at GIA Miami
The executive chairman and founder of GIA Miami, world-renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Antonello Bonci, is a pioneer in the field of treating addiction with a type of TMS therapy called “rTMS Therapy.” The “r” in this case stands for “repetitive” and refers to the manner in which the therapy is delivered. In 2013, a study from his laboratory that was later published in the prestigious journal Nature provided the first strong scientific rationale for the use of rTMS therapy in patients with cocaine use disorders.
Subsequently, many clinical studies by Bonci and his collaborators, as well as by many other world-renowned neuroscientists, have shown that rTMS therapy is an effective treatment for many types of substance use disorders and addictions. And groups like the non-profit Addiction Policy Forum have been effusive in their praise of rTMS therapy. Along these lines, clinicians are also reporting very positive results when treating other conditions that often accompany and fuel addiction, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), to the point that the FDA has recently approved the use of rTMS for the treatment of OCD.
All in all, the medical community agrees that transcranial magnetic stimulation is a powerful, novel, safe, and very effective tool in alleviating many types of addictions, as well as symptoms observed in patients with addictions, such as PTSD, depression, and OCD. And GIA is proud to be leading the charge in making rTMS known and available to any patient suffering from these devastating conditions.
Reach Out to GIA Miami Today
It is never easy to take the first steps when you are struggling with mental health or addiction issues. And this is especially true when you have tried or considered treatment before, and it has not worked for you. But when centers like GIA are offering state-of-the-art mental wellness and addiction treatment modalities like TMS therapy, it makes sense to start now. At GIA, we pride ourselves on the fact that we customize treatment for each patient who walks through our doors. So if you or someone you care about needs help, contact us online or by calling 833.713.0828. Start your journey to mental and physical wellness today.
If you wish to gain a deeper understanding of TMS therapy and all that it entails, please click on the scientific studies linked below:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=bonci+a+rTMS; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hanlon+C+rTMS; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Diana+M+rTMS; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Martinez+D+rTMS;