tDCS Placement for Addiction Risk Taking Treatment

Addictive Cravings


tDCS Electrode Placement - Reduced Risk Taking - F3-F4 FRONT

Anode: Right DLPFC (F4)
Cathode: Left DLPFC (F3)

Study Results

Reduced cravings for many addictive substances/activities such as cigarettes, junk food, alcohol, porn, gambling, eating disorders, and even illicit drug use.

Overall, it appears that almost any addictive craving or behavior can benefit from the use of this stimulation protocol. Significant positive results and even prolonged abstinence have been documented in subjects suffering from addiction.

General consensus suggests the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) plays a large role in the “risk/reward” thought process. It is this thought process that is believed to be directly connected with the risk taking behaviors associated with various forms of addiction. Therefore, when transcranial direct current stimulation is applied to the DLPFC, it appears individuals are able to alter this thought process and make more conscious, rational decisions.

Weight Loss

Also labeled “the weight loss montage”, studies have shown this tDCS montage reduces food cravings. In at least one study lead to curbed appetite and subsequently wait loss. Furthermore, improvements in other eating disorders such as anorexia has been documented.



Scientific Studies