The Bridge Device for Treating Opioid Addiction Withdrawal
The Bridge Device Offers an Easier Way to Opioid Withdrawal and Detox
Overcoming opioid addiction requires confronting the physical and mental discomfort of withdrawal. To be frank, withdrawal hurt and coping with the body aches, pains, flu-like symptoms, and the intense mental craving is the primary barrier in dealing with the addiction. Make no mistake: if you’re addicted to opioids, you probably know how hard it is to kick. 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 helps ease the pain of opiate detox, allowing more people an easier way 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 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 signals.
By sending electrical pulses to this neurological pathway, the Bridge Device stimulate 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.
Only Continuum Recovery Center Offers the Bridge Device
This advanced, 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.
Continuum Recovery Center, Phoenix’s boutique 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.
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:
Stomach ache and upset
Muscle, bone & joint pain
Restlessness & Tremors
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 without opioid dependency.
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.