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The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction

The Bridge Device Offers a Better Way to Opioid Withdrawal and Detox

Overcoming opioid addiction requires facing the challenges that arise in the physical and behavioral manifestations of withdrawal. In addition to cravings for the drug, the body and the brain react to the lack of the substance initiating a variety of symptoms that can cause discomfort and pain, often debilitating.

The Difference in Successful Detox

Getting past opioid drug detox can be daunting and difficult to sustain. In fact, the initial part of addiction treatment known as the detox phase, generally speaking, has a high rate of recidivism. While patients may have the will to stay mentally diligent about their commitment to opioid addiction recovery, the pain and overbearing challenges that come during detox may prove to be too much to endure.

Many patients can only last a day or two during the detox process, and ultimately succumb to the pain and cravings, falling back into active opioid use.

The Bridge Device helps remove the pain and symptomology associated with opiate detox, allowing more people an easier pathway to living life drug free.

The Bridge Device Brings a New Standard of Addiction Care

Developed by clinical researchers and scientists from Innovation Health Solutions Inc. (IHS) in Indiana, the Bridge Device (NSS-2 Bridge) is an FDA-cleared medical device system for use in the reduction of opioid withdrawal symptoms. It does this by identifying specific branches of the cranial nerves and occipital nerves located in the uppermost part of the central nervous system through the skin in and around the ear. These nerves are instrumental in the transference of pain.

The Bridge Device sends small electrical pulses to this neurological pathway stimulating the branches of Cranial Nerves V, VII, IX, X and trans-illuminated occipital nerves. This helps alleviate the distress that accompanies the opioid withdrawal process and its symptoms, in as little as 10 minutes after initial placement.

How It Works

This neurological-based solution is the first non-pharmaceutical, non-implantable medical device on the market today for those needing help with the harsh symptoms and pain during opiate and opioid withdrawal.

When individuals come to Continuum Recovery Center for the treatment of heroin, prescription pain pill dependency or other opioid addictions, our medical staff will assess their current state of health and identify areas that need attention. Once a strategic and customized addiction treatment plan has been created, opiate detox begins. We can even help patients in withdrawal from suboxone and methadone. Methadone requires the use of two devices.

If the patient would like to utilize the Bridge Device, and meets all the criteria, an approved health practitioner trained in the administration of the Bridge Device will position and connect the electro auricular device.

Carefully placed behind the patient’s ear, the Bridge Device battery-powered chip enables the nerve stimulator to go to work, calming the withdrawal symptoms and distress that typical present during the onset and throughout the opioid drug detox.

Length of Use

Depending on the type of opioid addiction, duration and frequency of use, the onset of withdrawal symptoms will range from 6 to 24 hours from the last time the drug was taken. Corresponding timelines for opioid detox and the Bridge Device will generally run for up to five days. While most of the physical symptoms will dissipate during that time, psychological symptoms may remain for a month or two.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms, as defined by the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale, reduced and relieved the following with Bridge Device:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach ache and upset
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tearing eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle, bone & joint pain
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Restlessness & Tremors
  • Agitation

Backed by Data: Cases in Point in Determining Bridge Device Efficiency

There has been ample testing with the Bridge Device throughout the United States to assess its attributes in use and comprise corresponding success rates.

Case studies conducted on patients during their opioid detox provided the findings necessary to obtain FDA (Federal Drug Administration) authorization for its marketing to engage more widespread use.

Clinicians measured the Bridge Device efficacy through the utilization of the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS). The higher the score, the more invasive the withdrawal symptoms were. Scores tabulated with COWS gaged each patient’s opioid withdrawal experience, over time, by monitoring their symptoms before administering the Bridge Device and after.

In one such study of 73 patients, clinicians tracked their instances and levels of body shakes, anxiety, sweating, digestive issues, joint aches, bone pain, pupil size, and resting pulse rate.

The difference in patients’ symptomology before the Bridge Device and after was apparent.

Perhaps the most compelling information about the benefits of the Bridge Device to a patient amidst opioid drug detox is in the visible evidence of relief. Watch the video accounts of patients and their personal experience with this detox treatment system.

For more information on the Bridge Device, refer to the most common questions and their answers here.

Bridging Addiction Treatment with Better Outcomes

Getting past opioid detox is essential to being fully present in an addiction treatment program and having the ability to focus on new ways of living healthier,
without opioid dependency.

Take Our Quiz: Is It Time for Opioid Detox?

Continuum Recovery Center remains steadfast in our commitment to combating the opioid epidemic. By improving the lifecycle of drug detox to successful sobriety and minimizing the physical challenges that can be part of the process, more people have the opportunity to achieve addiction recovery faster than ever before. The Bridge Device supports this endeavor.

Ask Us How the Bridge Device Can Make Your Opioid Detox Easier

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