TMS treatment for alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction can cause numerous problems, not just with your physical and mental health, but with your family, your relationships, and even your job. TMS can help you get your life back.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating alcohol dependence. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses magnetic pulses to calm the areas of your brain that cause cravings.

There is a fine line between enjoying a drink and being dependent on alcohol to get you through your day. By the time you realise you have a problem, the addiction could be already making it difficult to reduce your intake.

Signs of alcohol dependence (or alcoholism) can include:

• Spending time worrying about when you will next have a drink or where you will get it from
• Finding it hard to stop drinking once you’ve started
• Starting drinking before lunch regularly
• Feeling anxious or depressed
• Suffering from physical withdrawal symptoms like shaking and sweating when you haven’t had a drink.

Although it may feel as though your addiction is beating you, Smart TMS can help you beat the addiction and live your life free from alcohol cravings.

The NHS estimates that around 9% of men and 3% of women in the UK show signs of alcohol dependence – and the problem is becoming more and more common.

Research has shown Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to be a safe and effective way to tackle alcohol addiction. With no anaesthetic, no medication, no need for hospitalisation and no recovery time, this non-invasive treatment uses a repetitive magnetic pulse to stimulate the parts of the brain that cause alcohol cravings and dependence.

How does TMS treatment work for alcohol addiction?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to be a safe and effective way to tackle alcohol addiction.

Withdrawal symptoms can be extreme when detoxing from alcohol and standard treatments, like CBT or self help groups, may not be enough to stop you relapsing; the cravings may be too hard to ignore.
TMS works by calming the area of the brain known to cause the craving for alcohol. In patients who have recently gone through a 10 day detox, TMS can help them to prolong their success by reducing those cravings.

When treating alcohol dependence, 15 sessions of TMS will be prescribed. These will be booked daily for three weeks (Monday to Friday).

What our patients say

Around my 7th session, I found waking up easier, I walked to the clinic without any of my usual cravings and managed to sit in the pub with friends without giving in to their offers. I felt settled and comfortable within myself, which is something I haven't felt for a long time.

Mr T

Going cold turkey had left me anxious and irritable in the past, but I have absolutely none of these feelings associated with quitting. TMS took that all away.


During treatment, I felt like I was struggling to even think about my addiction. I couldn't remember how it made me feel or associate with it at all. A moment of grieving the addiction that had carried me through hard times was replaced by elation - I could finally start to live my life.

Mr F

Continuous Care

Overcoming addiction is no easy task, especially when temptation is everywhere. Whether you’re walking past your local pub or used to having a drink after work, our aftercare packages are designed to help you stay in remission, despite the temptations you’ll face. We would also recommend counselling or a drug rehabilitation service, like Alcoholics Anonymous.

Patients going into remission from their alcohol addiction with Smart TMS can benefit from the following aftercare treatment:

  • Smart TMS Monthly: Two monthly TMS treatments to keep you feeling your best
  • Smart TMS On-Demand: Become a member of our Smart TMS On-Demand scheme, entitling you to exclusive discounts on treatment, should you relapse or feel that you’re going to.

Have you had TMS treatment at a different clinic? Smart TMS can supply your aftercare, too!

Learn more about Continuous Care

Is TMS right for me?

Alcohol addiction is treatable, and Smart TMS can help.

Most people are suitable to receive TMS treatment.

To help you make up your mind about treatment, our practitioners offer pre-arranged clinic visits to answer any questions you have and show you the TMS machine.

If you would like to arrange a clinic visit, call the team on 0345 222 5678.


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