Hmmm, not at all sure this would be a step forward...next they'll be talking about the benefits of lobotomy. This from the Scotsman (http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=889592006) :
Plan to give drug addicts electrotherapy
DRUG addicts would be given electrotherapy to help them kick the habit, under new plans being considered by the Scottish Executive.
The controversial treatment sends electric pulses through the skull to help stabilise the brain after quitting "cold turkey" and help to control the body's cravings.
One patient who underwent a five-day course of neuro-electric treatment has since been drug free.
Jack McConnell, the First Minister, is reportedly so impressed with the anecdotal evidence, that he has asked Scotland's Chief Medical Officer to look into the issue.
David Liddell, director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, welcomed a controlled study but warned against seeing the new treatments as a "magic bullet".