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New Brain Stimulation Therapy Helps Treat Drug And Alcohol Addiction

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Akikur Mohammad, M.D., Contributor

For U.S. adults, dependency rates are currently 12 percent for alcohol and 2-3 percent for illicit drugs. Countless medical therapies exist for addiction and related depression — but what if medications don’t work? It’s estimated that 10-30 percent of individuals don’t respond to antidepressants, which leaves countless individuals living with depression and substance dependence by the wayside.

Fortunately, there is hope with a promising therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, or TMS, which is FDA-approved for those with TRD (treatment-resistant depression). What surfaced as an experimental treatment nearly a decade ago is now a recognized therapy used by the Mayo Clinic, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and more.

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