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Harm Reduction Treatment: tDCS

Evidence is growing to support the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to help treat alcohol use disorder.

TDCS is a safe, low cost intervention that can be delivered with a portable device. It involves a steady delivery of low dose electrical current to specific regions of the brain.


Research has shown that treatment with tDCS results in improved relapse prevention, reduced cravings, and neurobiological repair in patients who have struggled with alcohol use disorder.

TDCS is now offered in my practice, to assist with treatment for depression, alcohol use disorder, and cognitive enhancement. Read more about it, and find links to references here.


A key difference between tDCS and medications is that, once you have achieved your goal, you can taper off the use of non-invasive brain stimulation. The side effects are also very minor and superficial. Given the strong evidence in support of the use of tDCS, and the high cost of alcohol use disorders, it behooves your doctor to learn more about this intervention.


Learn more about tDCS devices, such as the Activadose II (the one I use) and the Brain Driver (I recommend for personal use). If you would like to purchase your own device, I am happy to train you in proper use and help you develop a treatment plan to reach your goals. Use coupon code 'equanimity' for a discount on orders from Caputron.


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