TMS Therapy and Alcohol Rehab Recovery are Closely Related
Malibu, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Inspire Malibu, recognized by many as the top addiction treatment center in Malibu, California and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (http://www.USC.edu), announced today that his team at Inspire Malibu were among the first local professionals to implement TMS Therapy into their day-to-day practice and recent scientific research suggests that once again, Dr. Mohammad and his team are innovators in the science of addiction medicine by initiating the use of TMS for the treatment of alcohol dependence and the disease of addiction.
TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy is a relatively new treatment for patients suffering from depression, who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. Dr. Mohammad recognized very early on that the revolutionary treatment was having a profound impact on his patients struggling with depression and alcohol dependence. Since early 2009, Dr. Mohammad has been profoundly changing the lives of patients struggling with alcohol dependence issues by treating them with TMS, subsequently relieving them of their severe alcohol and narcotic cravings.
In a recent study published by PubMed, Dr. Mohammad’s findings were validated on a large scale, proving once again that he and his Inspire Malibu team are not only on the forefront of addiction science, but are also pioneers in the industry.
Dr. Mohammad said, “TMS Therapy is non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. We identified very early on that our patients suffering from severe cravings brought on by alcohol dependence were getting a reprieve from cravings very early on in the TMS therapy. Nobody in the field made this connection but our findings were undeniable and our patients’ lives were changing. As a result, we continued treating with TMS and built what has become one of the country’s leading treatment protocol’s for patients struggling with alcohol dependence.” Mohammad added, “Through a treatment coil, the TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The treatment coil is applied to the head above the left prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with mood regulation, and therefore is the location where the magnetic fields are focused. These magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As these magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. These electrical currents activate cells within the brain, which are thought to release neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine). The result is an undeniable improvement in brain function, which has dramatically improved the quality of life for patients struggling with depression, alcohol dependence and a host of other issues. TMS treats many neurological and psychiatric illnesses but our main focus is the undeniable impact the treatment has on alcoholism and addiction. TMS is a breakthrough biological treatment method available for patients to treat medical illnesses like addiction and alcoholism. For neurological illnesses like Parkinson's disease, treatment with medication, deep brain stimulation and surgery has been available and now, along with FDA approved medications, off label use of proven alternative medications and TMS, advanced biological and medical treatment is finally available for chronic medical illnesses like addiction. More research is ongoing and while more advanced biological treatment will be available in the future, current research surrounding TMS is indicative of how medical and biological advancements are the future of effective addiction treatment.”
For more information about Dr. Akikur Mohammad, addiction treatment and Inspire Malibu, visit http://www.inspiremalibu.com.