Overcoming addiction is a complex and challenging process that requires determination, support, and a multifaceted approach to treatment. It involves breaking the chains of physical and psychological dependence while addressing the underlying emotional and mental health issues contributing to substance abuse. As individuals navigate recovery, they must develop new coping mechanisms, rebuild relationships, and establish a healthier lifestyle.

MindSet PrTMS by Serene Health can offer a unique solution in treating substance abuse and addiction by helping to address underlying mental health issues that can lead to relapse. Our PrTMS center is located in San Diego and provides personalized treatments tailored to our patient’s needs and goals.

The relationship between mental health and substance abuse

The relationship between mental health conditions and substance abuse is complex. In some cases, substance use may precede the development of mental health conditions or worsen existing symptoms. In other cases, mental health conditions may increase the risk of developing a substance use disorder. Some of the most common mental health conditions associated with substance abuse include :


Many people who suffer from depression turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms, as these substances can temporarily alleviate feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. However, in some cases, substance abuse can actually contribute to the development of depression, as drug and alcohol use can alter brain chemistry and exacerbate feelings of sadness and hopelessness.


Many people who suffer from anxiety turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate and temporarily alleviate their symptoms. In this sense, substance abuse can become a coping mechanism for anxiety, providing temporary relief from feelings of fear, worry, and panic.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse are often related because individuals with PTSD may turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with the emotional pain, anxiety, and distress associated with their traumatic experiences.

Bipolar disorder

Like many other mental health conditions, people with bipolar disorder use alcohol and drugs to alleviate symptoms. In reality, substance abuse can alter brain chemistry and exacerbate symptoms of the disorder.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

People with ADHD might use stimulants to increase focus and concentration or depressants to manage hyperactivity or impulsivity. This self-medication can lead to dependence on these substances over time. The reality is that substance use will not solve underlying mental health issues, and in most cases, it can make them worse. Along with impairing function, substance abuse can destabilize mood and trigger episodes in people living with bipolar disorder and can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

PrTMS as a treatment for addiction

Common types of treatment for substance use disorders include behavioral therapy, support groups, counseling, and medication-assisted therapy, which aim to address the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. These approaches can help individuals develop coping skills, improve communication, and foster a supportive network for recovery.

However, finding the right treatment for each individual’s unique needs is crucial for long-term success. Treating addiction by solely focusing on symptoms can often be ineffective in providing long-lasting recovery. Surface-level treatment of symptoms such as physical withdrawal or drug cravings can provide temporary relief, but without uncovering the root cause of addiction, individuals may be more likely to relapse into self-destructive behaviors.

For many people, addiction is often a symptom of underlying mental health issues, a history of trauma, or a lack of support networks. By identifying and addressing these underlying causes, individuals can gain a better understanding of their behavior, learn healthier coping mechanisms, and be more successful in their recovery.

How PrTMS works for addiction

PrTMS therapy can reduce cravings for alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine by targeting reward pathways in the brain. PrTMS has also been found to reduce impulsivity and improve decision-making, two critical factors for a successful recovery from addiction. In addition to reducing cravings, PrTMS can address underlying mental health issues associated with substance abuse.

Identification of target brain regions:

Researchers have found that addiction-related behaviors and cravings are often linked to abnormal neural activity in specific brain regions, such as the prefrontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, and other areas of the reward circuitry. PrTMS therapy targets these regions to modulate their activity and alleviate addiction symptoms.

Personalization of treatment:

PrTMS therapy is personalized to each patient, taking into account their unique brainwave patterns, symptoms, and history. This allows for a more targeted and effective treatment approach. The therapy begins with a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) to map the patient’s brain activity and identify the specific neural patterns associated with their addiction.

Application of magnetic pulses:

Once the target brain regions and patterns have been identified, a trained practitioner will use a coil placed over the patient’s scalp to deliver focused magnetic pulses to the targeted areas. These magnetic pulses create small electrical currents in the brain, which can modulate the activity of neurons and help restore normal function.

Repetitive stimulation:

The magnetic pulses are applied in a repetitive manner, usually over several weeks, with the frequency and duration of treatment sessions tailored to the individual’s needs. This repetitive stimulation can help to strengthen and reinforce new neural connections, leading to lasting changes in brain activity and reduced addiction symptoms.

Monitoring and adjusting treatment:

Throughout the course of PrTMS therapy, the patient’s progress is closely monitored, and adjustments may be made to the treatment parameters as needed. This ensures that the therapy remains effective and well-tolerated. PrTMS therapy has shown promise in treating various forms of addiction, including substance use disorders (such as alcohol and opioid addiction) and behavioral addictions (such as gambling and internet addiction), and may complement or enhance other traditional therapies, such as counseling, medication, and support groups.

At Mindset PrTMS therapy clinic in San Diego, our experienced PrTMS specialists are dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based treatment for individuals struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please get in touch with us today to learn more about how our PrTMS therapy clinic can help. We are here to support you on your journey to recovery. Call us at (858) 924-1116 or visit www.mindsetSD.com.