rTMS effective for Substance Induced Cravings

Randy I. Pardell MD in colloboration with Robert Moran MD of The Family Center for Recovery presented their results at the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in San Antonio, Texas in October, 2016.  They found that 5 daily treatments of rTMS  using high frequency 10 Hz rTMS over left DLPFC significantly reduced craving in substance dependent individuals. On Secondary measure, a significant minority of patients experienced response and remission of depressive symptoms. These results highlight the potential of non-invasive neuromodulation as a therapeutic tool for addiction and co-existing depression.