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Smoking Cessation with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

Are you, or a loved one, struggling to quit smoking?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat smoking addiction, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the cause of nearly 500,000 deaths every year in the U.S., or one out of every five deaths. TMS is a non-invasive and safe treatment, and multiple medical studies have shown it to be effective at reducing a smoker’s tobacco craving. In short, it works by providing magnetic stimulation to the areas of the brain associated with nicotine addiction, offering a new way to provide smoke addiction therapy so you can quit smoking.

To learn more about how TMS can be used to treat depression and OCD, click here.

How does TMS work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses short, magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the parts of the brain believed to be involved in regulating mood and emotions. The TMS system sends rapid pulses, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil.

The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach deep parts of the brain directly beneath the treatment coil.

Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents that directly stimulate parts of the brain known to be associated with nicotine addiction, which may help relieve cigarette cravings.

Addiction to nicotine – the drug in tobacco – can be hard to stop, as the pleasing effects that it causes in your brain are temporary and you often feel the need to smoke another even if you don’t want to. The more a person smokes or uses tobacco in other forms, the higher their tolerance builds and the more nicotine they need to feel good. When a person tries to stop, the nicotine has affected parts of the brain associated with decision-making and behavior, often causing mental and behavioral changes. For many, it can cause a dependence that is too difficult to stop on your own, even if you’re aware of the health consequences. In multiple medical and scientific studies, deep TMS for smoking cessation was found to be an effective and durable treatment. 

For more details on the TMS Therapy process Click Here >

What to Expect:

To undergo TMS therapy, you will first receive a health assessment to determine your specific needs.

  • All TMS therapy happens under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office.
  • Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.
  • During a TMS session, you will sit in a comfortable chair and remain alert.
  • Once the machine is operating, you may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead.
  • After each session, you can return to work, driving, and other activities as normal.

For smoking cessation treatment with TMS typically requires three weeks of daily treatments, followed by one treatment per week for three additional weeks (18 sessions total over six weeks).

If TMS works for you, you will see your cravings decrease or even go away completely. This may take a few weeks of treatment to develop.

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How can I get started with TMS?

To see if TMS is right for you, please complete the form below to find our if you are a candidate. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 877-876-3783 and our intake team will be happy to help.

Find out if TMS Therapy is right for you.

Location

MindPath Care Centers

3610 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27609-7511

Phone: 919-443-4130
Fax: 919-876-3134

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.