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Cigarette Cessation

TMS for Cigarette Cessation in Los Angeles

How can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation help with cigarette and smoking Cessation here in Los Angeles?

How does TMS help with Cigarette and Smoking Cessation?

TMS is a noninvasive technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate neural activity in the brain. It gained FDA indication for the treatment of major depressive disorder in 2008. Since then, researchers have continued to explore the countless ways that TMS may benefit the mental health and recovery community.

During our Los Angeles based TMS treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the scalp. Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes, after which patients can immediately return back to their daily routines.

TMS is well tolerated. Sometimes patients experience mild scalp discomfort or mild headache during treatment. Most patients experience a positive response to TMS after 2 weeks of treatment (8 sessions).

TMS & Smoking Statistics

  • Over 90% of smokers who try to quit smoking do not succeed. Smoking is one of the hardest addictions to give up.
  • TMS for cigarette cessation uses magnetic pulses to target brain structures and networks related to nicotine addiction.
  • When TMS is combined with eight self-guided educational sessions on smoking cessation, patients experienced fewer cigarette cravings and a lower risk of relapse, overall making it easier to quit.
  • Our TMS for Cigarette Cessation treatment applies TMS with eight self-help booklets to help our patients successfully quit.

Smoking Statistics

  • It is estimated that approximately 34.2 million Americans are currently smoking cigarettes.
  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death
  • Smoking causes more than 7 millions deaths per year worldwide
  • That’s more deaths than are caused by alcohol, cocaine, heroin, car accidents, homicides, suicides, fires and AIDs combined.
  • On average, the lifespan of smokers are 10 years shorter than non-smokers
  • Seven out of ten adult smokers want to quit smoking

Why should I quit?

  • Quitting smoking is the most important decision you make for your health.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body.
  • In the US, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths.
  • Quitting can help you add years to your life. Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent. Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds.
  • You can also protect your loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

How nicotine addiction works

  • In an addicted brain, the reward processing circuits become imbalanced. The brain receives an abundant supply of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter involved in experiencing pleasure. The brain “learns” to seek out the “high” previously experienced with the excess dopamine when a smoker has a cigarette. Elevated brain activity in response to drug cues — referred to as cue reactivity —predicts relapse in addiction.
  • Treatment approaches that target the neural circuitry related to cue reactivity, like TMS, may reduce relapse in patients. Emerging evidence suggests transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be able to directly target the neural circuitry involved in addiction.

Ongoing Research

New research investigating TMS for smoking cessation has yielded positive results. To date, several studies have evaluated TMS in the treatment of cigarette cessation.

In 2017, researchers demonstrated how rTMS can help people quit smoking. In this study, TMS treatment significantly reduced the risk of relapse, increased abstinence rate, and increased uptake of the self-help intervention.

At Neuro Wellness Spa, TMS treatment for cigarette cessation incorporates a series of eight self-help booklets on cigarette cessation to help our patients quit smoking. These booklets are both informational and interactive. The following topics are covered:

  1. Smoking Urges and How to Cope with Them
  2. Smoking and Weight
  3. What If I Have a Cigarette?
  4. Smoking and Your Health
  5. Smoking, Stress, and Mood
  6. Lifestyle Balance: Wants vs. Needs
  7. Life with Cigarettes

We accept insurance from the following providers

For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.

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