Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Addiction Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment option that induces a small electric current into the brain in order to treat depression in patients who don’t respond well to other traditional treatments and therapies. It is a noninvasive procedure where an electromagnet placed against a specific part of the brain stimulates mood control by using short magnetic bursts. The repetitive use of this treatment is why it is also called rTMS.

How Does TMS Work?

People suffering from depression are not using a part of their brain that is responsible for mood control. Activating the brain with the use of an electromagnetic coil to stimulate it helps improve the activity in that part of the brain. 

The number of repetitions of the treatment, and the length of treatment depends on the patient’s needs. Treatment should be performed by specialists who can determine the patient’s suitability by observing their motor control threshold.

Because the magnetic pulse that stimulates the nerve cells is delivered painlessly, this procedure is considered noninvasive and does not require sedation.

What Is TMS Treatment Used For?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is mainly used to treat major depressive disorders, but it may also be used to treat other mental illnesses and disorders such as:

Substance Abuse DisorderAlcoholism
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderBipolar Disorder
Parkinson’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease

Why Is TMS Effective In Addiction Treatment?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy has been shown to be effective in treating addiction patients who may be suffering from intense cravings, or dual diagnosis patients suffering from other mental issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and others. 

The noninvasive nature of this treatment is sometimes more effective in patients who don’t respond well to medical assisted treatments.

Side Effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

Although there are very few side effects for the TMS therapy, some common ones may include:

There are some rumors and myths regarding TMS that it causes memory loss, brain damage or migraine headaches but there has been no evidence for these rumors.

Is TMS Treatment Right For You?

If you are seeking treatment for addiction and correlated disorders, you may want to try psychotherapy and pharmacological pills before you consider TMS. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy may be recommended if you don’t respond well to other treatments such as antidepressants. You should avoid TMS if you are pregnant, have brain injuries, or metallic implants in your face or brain, such as stents, bullets, cochlear implants, or even metallic ink tattoos or permanent piercings. 


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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

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Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.