Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy in Arizona

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers a revolutionary, research-backed solution for taking control of addiction and mental health. TMS is one of the mental health treatments provided at our Arizona recovery centers in Scottsdale and Prescott.

TMS: The New Approach to Treatment

We're pioneering the use of TMS (Transcranial magnetic stimulation) technology to stimulate underactive areas of the brain and provide lasting relief from substance abuse, mood disorders, and more.

TMS is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that requires no anesthesia, surgery, or sedation. It uses MRI-strength magnetic pulses to activate the neural circuits that regulate cravings, motivation, pleasure, and mood. This stimulation of specific brain regions has been proven to dramatically reduce symptoms of addiction and psychiatric conditions when other treatments have failed.

If you're ready to break free of behaviors and emotional challenges that feel impossible to overcome, we want you to know there is hope. Connect with our team to explore Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

TMS offers an entirely new approach to treating addiction, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and other disorders by directly targeting the source - your brain.

TMS bypasses oral medication to activate underactive areas of the brain non-invasively. It is a well-studied, safe alternative to medication.

TMS uses highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses to stimulate neural activity in specific brain regions linked to mood, pleasure, motivation, and inhibitory control.

This stimulation activates underactive areas of the brain and promotes lasting changes in neural circuits (Lefaucheur et al., 2014). It does this without sedation, anesthesia, or side effects.

TMS is an outpatient procedure requiring no hospitalization or recovery time (Carpenter et al., 2012). You simply sit in a treatment chair for daily sessions of about 40 minutes each. You remain awake and alert, feeling only tapping sensations on your scalp during treatment.

How TMS Therapy Works

TMS targets brain areas that regulate mood and behaviors like addiction with focused magnetic pulses. This stimulates nerve cells in specific regions associated with conditions like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more.

TMS for Addiction

For addiction, TMS aims to activate underactive prefrontal cortex regions that govern judgment, inhibitory control, and motivation (Mishra et al., 2010). This diminishes cravings and addictive behaviors by re-balancing brain activity. TMS also increases dopamine production, correcting the brain's reward system dysfunction.

TMS for Mental Health Disorders

For mental health disorders like depression, TMS targets the underactive left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This area regulates mood and neural circuits implicated in depression. Stimulating this region enhances neurotransmitter release and blood flow to alleviate symptoms.

The magnetic coils delivering these pulses are placed directly on the scalp. When activated, they deliver magnetic pulses that easily and painlessly pass through the skull to stimulate the targeted brain regions beneath the surface. Patients feel only tapping or knocking sensations at the coil placement site.

What to Expect During TMS Therapy

We offer TMS at our Scottsdale and Prescott recovery centers in Arizona.

A typical session takes less than 40 minutes and requires no special preparation. You relax in the reclining treatment chair while the magnetic coils are placed on your head. You remain awake, alert, and able to drive yourself home afterward.

The magnetic coil makes a clicking sound during treatment as it delivers focused pulses targeting your customized brain regions. You'll feel a tapping or knocking sensation on your scalp with each pulse. Treatment plans typically involve 30 sessions over six weeks, with a tapered maintenance phase to follow.

No Downtime and Minimal Side Effects

Side effects are minimal with TMS. Some patients report headaches or scalp discomfort during early sessions as the brain adjusts. Mild lightheadedness can also occur. But side effects usually subside quickly. The most difficult part is simply sitting still for 40 minutes.

There is no recovery period or downtime after sessions. Most patients return to normal activity right away.

TMS for Addiction, Depression, and Mental Health

An abundance of clinical research demonstrates TMS therapy's effectiveness for substance abuse and mental health conditions. Outcomes rival or exceed medication and other therapies.

Astounding Success Rates

For addiction treatment, TMS has shown astounding success rates in reducing cravings, preventing relapse, and supporting long-term sobriety:

  • A significant number of those with alcohol dependence remain abstinent after TMS therapy (Mishra et al., 2010)
  • Many patients addicted to cocaine see reduced cravings and achieve abstinence post-TMS (Camprodon et al., 2007)
  • TMS produces a decrease in opioid cravings and a high remission rate for opioid abuse disorders (Li et al., 2013)

FDA Clearance

Additionally, TMS has received FDA clearance to treat these illnesses:


TMS achieves remission from major depressive disorder (Carpenter et al., 2012).


Patients see clinically significant relief from generalized anxiety after TMS (Diefenbach et al., 2016).


Symptoms decline in OCD patients undergoing TMS (Mantovani et al., 2010).


TMS can help achieve remission from PTSD (Watts et al., 2012).

Why Choose Embark Recovery for TMS Therapy?

When it comes to something as important as your mental health and sobriety, you deserve experienced, caring providers leading the way with cutting-edge technology.

That's why our center is committed to delivering TMS for addiction, depression, and other disorders. Our staff brings years of experience providing TMS and customizing treatments to each patient's needs.

We use the latest FDA-cleared TMS system and protocols.

A Dedicated Team Devoted to Your Success

You'll work with compassionate experts devoted to your success. Your treatment plan is tailored and optimized just for you, not a one-size-fits-all approach. We know recovery looks different for everyone.

Affordable Treatments

We offer affordable TMS therapy in Scottsdale and Prescott, Arizona.

We also make TMS more accessible by accepting most major insurance plans. Many insurers now cover TMS, given the dramatic outcomes it produces. We can even handle the paperwork for you to obtain maximum coverage.

Break Free of Addiction for Good

Transcranial magnetic stimulation could be the personalized solution you've been hoping for. TMS therapy empowers you to take control and overcome addiction, depression, and other disorders that medication alone often can't resolve. It does this without surgery, sedation, or serious side effects.

Take the First Step Toward Lasting Recovery

Don't wait any longer to reclaim your health and happiness. Call today to learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy and take the first step toward lasting recovery.

We're ready when you are.

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