Targeted Magnetic Pulses to the Brain May Reduce Cocaine Cravings: Study

A treatment that uses targeted magnetic pulses to the brain may reduce craving and substance use in people addicted to cocaine, a small study suggests.

The researchers found the treatment helped 70 percent of study participants to lose their cravings for cocaine. Some have stayed free of the drug for a year, NBC News reports.

The findings appear in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology.

“They don’t crave cocaine any more. They get their lives back,” said study co-author Dr. Antonello Bonci of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “They say it feels like a black cloud has been removed from their head.”

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