What do Alzheimer’s and addiction have in common? They are both diseases of the brain, and as such, their treatment should be aimed at addressing the underlying causes of the disease within the brain. A new and effective treatment for Alzheimer’s sounds like music to our ears! In an attempt to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and improve memory, researchers exposed Alzheimer’s patients to 40 Hz sound waves. Patients were exposed to this therapeutic ultrasound over 6 sessions, and their symptoms were assessed. Remarkably, their memory improved and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s were reduced! This new treatment is especially exciting because there are very few risks associated with it. Unlike the numerous side-effects of many drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s, the mere exposure to a certain frequency sound can do little harm to an individual.
This new treatment illuminates the many future possibilities for the treatment of diseases of the brain, including addiction. In the past, it was believed that the only way to change what was going on in the brain was through invasive measures, such as surgery or side-effect laden measures, such as drugs. Yet, this new study for Alzheimer’s treatment illustrates that the fundamental connectivity of the brain, or how different areas of the brain communicate, can be altered with something as simple and eloquent as sound. Indeed, the brain is a complex organ and the more we learn about it, the more options we have for manipulating it in ways which will be beneficial for the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Addiction.
Searidge Foundation is committed to providing our patients with the best opportunity to achieve life-long recovery from addiction. We stay informed regarding the up and coming evidence-based treatments which will give our patient’s the best chance of a full and holistic recovery. We are excited about the future possibilities of such effective and non-invasive treatments and look forward to sharing them with our patients through their addiction treatment!