Andrea Papandreou Glyfada 16675
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Substance use and dependence disorders are a particularly challenging area of Psychiatry,mainly due to the high rate of recurrence seen in more than 50% of patients within the first
year of treatment. Consequently, there is great need to introduce new treatment methods.
Modern research is expanding on the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation for substance use disorders. Based on our existing knowledge of neurobiology, and since rTMS
can affect cortical excitability and enhance dopamine release in the brain, we believe that
repeated use may affect long-term adjustments that occur in the brain from chronic
The main positive rTMS effect is the reduction of craving, which is mediated by the
application of high-frequency stimulating sessions to the left frontal cortex. Stimulating this area appears to enhance the inhibitory control it exerts on other closely related brain structures, by reducing impulsivity and improving decision – making abilities.
Relevant research can be found on heroin, amphetamines and gambling addiction.
It should be noted that despite the aforementioned data, scientific research on this field is ongoing and the overall treatment of addiction remains a challenge, which requires comprehensive planning and, potentially, a combination of each available treatment. Our team implements the appropriate approach individually for each patient to ensure the best chances at an optimal, long – term result. .
Development of Treatment Plan