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The Bridge Device for Treating Opioid Addiction Withdrawal

The Bridge Device in Phoenix, AZ

This advanced, neurological-based solution exclusively available in Phoenix, AZ 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.

Continuum Recovery Center, Phoenix’s outpatient treatment center for substance abuse is the only agency to make the Bridge Device available. When individuals come to us 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. If the patient would like to utilize the Bridge Device and meets all the criteria, our medical director who is trained in the administration of the Bridge Device will position and connect the electro auricular device. Once the device is in place, a strategic and customized addiction treatment plan will be created and opiate detox begins. We can even help patients in withdrawal from suboxone and methadone. Methadone requires the use of two devices.

Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction

The Bridge Device significantly reduces the unpleasant physical and mental side-effects of withdrawal. To be frank, withdrawal hurts. Coping with the body aches, pains, flu-like symptoms, and the intense mental craving is the primary barrier in kicking the addiction. Make no mistake: if you’re addicted to opioids, you probably know how hard it is to wean yourself off them. You will most likely need medical and psychological support to sustain your withdrawal process. Depending on how long you’ve been using, the symptoms can be debilitating.

Detoxing is a Crucial First Step

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 has, generally speaking, a high rate of failure. While patients may have the commitment to their opioid addiction recovery, the pain and overbearing challenges that come during detox may prove to be too much to endure.

Unfortunately, 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 Brings a New Standard of Addiction Care

Developed by clinical researchers and scientists from Innovation Health Solutions Inc. (IHS) in Indiana, the Bridge Device is an FDA-cleared medical device system for use in the reduction of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Although detoxification typically only lasts from two to seven days, without support, enduring it to completion is challenging. Many who want to get sober opt to go back to drug or alcohol use just to stop the pain. We have found that this is often the case in people who are addicted to heroin and opioid prescriptions.

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 signals.

By sending electrical pulses to this neurological pathway, the Bridge Device stimulates the branches of Cranial Nerves V, VII, IX, X, and trans-illuminated occipital nerves, helping block and alleviate the distress that accompanies the opioid withdrawal process and its symptoms. Improvement is usually seen in as little as 10 minutes after initial placement.

The Bridge Device provides patients the much needed physical and emotional relief during detox. This FDA-approved medical device is specific to helping individuals detox from opioids in a non-invasive, safe manner by vastly reducing or eliminating the side effects associated with withdrawal. This increases the likelihood that patients in detox for these types of drugs will get through it and move on to other aspects of treatment.

Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction Offered by Continuum Recovery.

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction Placed on the Ear. Offered by Continuum Recovery.

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction Device

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction Device Offered by Continuum Recovery.

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 typically 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

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.

Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction

The Bridge Device for Opioid Addiction Statistics Offered by Continuum Recovery.

New Name, Same Benefits

The Bridge device has been re-branded as S.T. Genesis, however remains our most cutting-edge product. The continued benefits associated with S.T. Genesis are helping to change the lives of those who are recovering from opioid addiction. Some of the benefits of S.T. Genesis include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms
  • Non-pharmacological option for recovery
  • Non-implantable
  • FDA-approved
  • Improvement of symptoms can begin in as little as 10 minutes after application

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 without opioid dependency.

Take Our Quiz: Is It Time for Opioid Detox?

Continuum Recovery Center is committed to doing our part in making opioid addiction treatment available on an outpatient basis, to as many people as possible. The Bridge Device is currently one of the best and least intrusive ways to support drug detox to successful sobriety and minimizing the physical challenges that can be part of the process.

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


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