Mental health experts have known for years that to be successful treatment must involve a wide range of techniques. Just as there are multiple approaches to treating conditions like, say, high blood pressure — medication, changes to diet and lifestyle, and so on — so must the diseases of depression, anxiety, and addiction be approached in a broad range of ways. At GIA, one of the methods that we have pioneered is a technique called “transcranial magnetic stimulation” or “TMS” therapy. And we have discovered that TMS therapy can be a powerful weapon in the war against mental illness, primarily when it is used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
TMS therapy is a new way of treating mood disorders like depression, anxiety disorders like PTSD, and substance use disorders. The founder of the Global Institutes on Addictions, Dr. Antonello Bonci, has been working with a team of international colleagues for years to bring TMS into the mainstream as a treatment for mental illness and addiction. And his work has been met with much acclaim.
The process itself is neither invasive nor painful. A member of Dr. Bonci’s team places a magnetic coil to the head of the patient, targeting a particular group of cells in the brain with a magnetic field. This stimulates the cells in that area, affecting mood and behavior in positive, measurable ways. And each session of TMS therapy usually involves no more than 15 minutes of stimulation.
TMS therapy has a proven track record when it comes to treating these conditions. Originally developed as a method of treating medication-resistant depression, the medical community has embraced TMS therapy with open arms. And when it comes to addiction, TMS therapy works on two levels. On the one hand, the kinds of mood and anxiety disorders listed above are often co-occurring with addiction. That is to say, many people with substance use issues also suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions that underpin and fuel their addiction, creating a cycle of addiction. Second, Dr. Bonci and the GIA Miami team are also exploring the ways TMS therapy can be used to treat addictive behaviors directly. And these treatments have proven to be very effective indeed.
Simply put, the TMS therapy program developed and led by Dr. Bonci at GIA is widely regarded as the best mental health and addiction treatment facility in the world for TMS therapy. Research in a wide variety of neuroscience journals, much of which has been led directly by Dr. Bonci, has demonstrated that TMS therapy is an incredibly useful tool in the battle against substance use disorders. Additionally, non-profit organizations like the Addiction Policy Forum have been hopeful about the implications of TMS therapy’s use to treat addiction successfully.
Every individual struggling with mental health problems is different. And this means that TMS therapy is not the right course of treatment for everyone. But if you or someone you care about has tried other treatment methods and they have not been successful, GIA Miami’s TMS therapy program might be right for you.
Mental health disorders impact people at many levels. Combined with addiction, it is socially and psychologically isolating and can ruin those who struggle with it financially, can break family bonds, and destroy their health. But most of the millions of individuals struggling with addiction in the U.S. alone will not get the help they need. This is in large part because of the difficulty of taking that first step: admitting that you have a problem and are struggling and finding someone to help.
When mental health treatment centers like GIA are offering groundbreaking, cutting-edge treatments like TMS therapy, there is no better time to make that decision. Let our admissions team and our compassionate, expert medical staff customize a treatment plan for you today. And many of our programs are also available remotely as a part of our extensive telehealth network. Reach out to GIA Miami today online or by calling 833.713.0797. You will be glad that you did.
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