Substance Abuse

Brain Health Center


Substance abuse is a widespread problem that often leads to addiction and serious health issues. Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, has considerable experience in helping patients who have substance abuse problems find a way to stop using and regain their health using a noninvasive, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Bishop and several researchers have found TMS to greatly aid people who have substance abuse problems even when other approaches have failed, although the therapy is considered off-label at this time. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse involves using harmful, often illegal substances, that give you a high or other intensely pleasurable feelings. There are numerous substances you could use, with the most well-known including:

  • Marijuana
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • PCP
  • Glue
  • Prescription opioids

Tobacco and alcohol are the most common sources of substance abuse, and because they’re legal across the United States, they account for the majority of health problems associated with substance abuse.

What problems does substance abuse cause?

Substance abuse can cause severe mental and physical harm, and in most cases, users become addicted to their substance of choice.

Addiction is a disease affecting your brain function. The substance you’re using causes chemical changes in the way your brain functions, meaning you suffer unpleasant and often severe side effects if you stop using.

As well as physical dependence, you become psychologically hooked on the way the substance makes you feel, and you become anxious, distressed, and even desperate if you can’t get hold of what you want.

With continued use, your brain starts to become accustomed to the substance, and you have to take more and more to achieve the same feelings.

Often, people fail to achieve the highs of their first few experiences and continue to chase the feeling for years without succeeding. Overdosing on these substances isn’t uncommon in the ever-elusive search for the ultimate high.

Substance abuse affects areas of the brain that control:

  • Behavior
  • Judgment
  • Decision-making
  • Learning
  • Memory

Regular substance abuse habits take a considerable toll on your health and finances. Addiction could cost you your job, relationships, and even your home.

How is substance abuse treated?

Cooperation is vital for the success of substance abuse treatment. A key barrier to treating substance abuse is the patient’s willingness to cooperate. People who have substance abuse problems might refuse to believe they have a problem at first. By the time they’re addicted, they see stopping as impossible.

The withdrawal process can be harrowing and needs to take place under the expert supervision of a specialist in drug rehabilitation. Once the physical cravings start to subside, the psychological cravings can be harder to overcome.

Following a program of therapy and, where appropriate, medication, many people do recover from their substance abuse problems. However, others don’t improve and continue to struggle with their addictions.

How does TMS help with substance abuse problems?

If you need help with a substance abuse problem, TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) could offer an alternative or add-on treatment that’s both safe and effective.

The team at Brain Health Center has considerable experience in using TMS to relieve the side effects of substance abuse. The treatment is noninvasive, using magnetic energy to precisely target and modify under and overactive brain areas that can reduce your cravings and dependence on harmful substances.

Call Brain Health Center today to discuss TMS therapy for substance abuse, or book an appointment online.