TMS Therapy for Nicotine Addiction in Lexington, KY
If you are struggling to quit smoking, or thinking of quitting, but not sure where to turn to, or how to start. Contact Brain Health today to learn how our effective and safe transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for nicotine addiction can help you! Call us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 535 West Second Street (“West on 2nd” building) Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508.
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Nicotine dependence occurs when the individual starts to crave nicotine and cannot stop using it. Nicotine is a chemical found in tobacco that is addictive that makes it quite difficult to quit using nicotine products. Nicotine produces pleasing effects within the brain; however, these effects are only temporary, leaving your brain wanting more, leaving you to want to grab another cigarette.
The more often you smoke, the more nicotine you feel you will need to feel that pleasurable sensation again. When you try to quit smoking, the experience due to loss of nicotine because mentally unpleasant, and physical changes can cause many issues, making you want to break and grab another cigarette.
Other common situations which often trigger the urge to want to smoke include:
– Drinking coffee
– Taking breaks at work
– Talking on the phone
– Drinking alcohol
– Spending quality time with friends/family
Each time you smoke, the brain is altered to respond to the very high levels of nicotine found in cigarettes. The brain changes cause you to become addicted to the nicotine, as well as the pleasurable feelings you get from taking it in, and that addiction can make it quite difficult to quit, especially for long-term smokers.
Nicotine activates structures within the brain called receptors. Once these receptors are activated, they begin to release a brain chemical known as dopamine, which makes you feel good. This pleasurable response to dopamine is not connected to each intake of cigarettes and nicotine, which is a large part of the addiction process.
Over time, as you continue to keep smoking, the number of nicotine receptors within the brain gradually increases. When an individual tries to stop smoking and stops receiving those levels of nicotine it was so used to, the pleasure response in the brain is then cut off, leading to the symptoms of withdrawal. This is when the cravings from the nicotine begin to incline, and you may feel symptoms from the withdrawal including cravings for a cigarette, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, frustration, depression, difficulty sleeping, anger, and increased hunger.
However, there is a silver lining when it comes to nicotine addiction. Once you stop smoking entirely, the number of nicotine receptors that are active within the brain begins to gradually go back to normal, as if nothing ever happened. The craving response begins to occur less, and won’t last as long or feel as intense, with time, all of the cravings and symptoms of wanting a cigarette for the nicotine will completely fade away.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, also known as TMS is an innovative and exceptional new approach to breaking the bad habit of smoking by tackling nicotine addiction. Our approach uses a non-invasive technique with magnetic pulses to modulate the areas of the brain to be affected by the addiction, which helps you to live a much happier, healthier life.
The magnetic pulses from the transcranial magnetic stimulation calm the areas of the brain that are causing the cravings to begin with and help you to stop yourself from reaching for another cigarette.
There is no need for anesthetic, hospitalization, recovery time, or medication with transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. This therapy uses repetitive magnetic stimulation with pulses to help get the area of the brain that is causing these cravings and dependence to be stimulated.
The USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. The FDA has deemed this therapy safe and effective for short-term smoking cessation for adults. This is the first approval representing the clearance of therapy for addiction with any transcranial magnetic stimulation device. If you are interested in how our TMS therapy could help you, call us or simply book an appointment online today. We serve patients from Lexington KY, Georgetown KY, Brannon Woods KY, Wyandotte KY, Colby KY, Versailles KY, and Keene KY.