Next time when you see a person wearing a device behind the ears, do not presume it to be a hearing aid, because it may not be what it appears to be. Popularly known as the Bridge device, it has been developed to comfortably fit behind the ears and ease the pain of withdrawal symptoms witnessed during addiction recovery using electricity.
The first-of-its-kind device is a pathbreaking development in the field of addiction recovery and rehabilitation. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic pain, the device has so far given a satisfactory outcome.
The device works by sending electrical feedback to the brain, which further blocks the pain and distress caused by withdrawal symptoms. By wearing it for five days, one can easily overcome withdrawal symptoms.
The device is a boon amidst a high rate of addiction, especially opioids (oxycodone and fentanyl) and heroin in the U.S. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates nearly 1.9 million people having prescription painkiller use disorder and 435,000 are regular users of heroin in the U.S.
Ensures less pain by stimulating nerves
Manufactured by an Indiana-based company, the device is seen as an intrinsic part of the emerging class of treatments called electroceuticals. The device is based on the theory of neuromodulation, which stimulates parts of the nervous system using electrical signals.
Compared to the already available neuromodulators, this device specifically focuses on the parts of brain active during chronic pain. Hence, the device stimulates the parts of the brain responsible for controlling the perception of pain.
When users become addicted to opioids or drugs, they suppress the activities conducted in the key areas of the brain, thereby disrupting the equilibrium. As a result, when the opioids are removed from the body, the suppressed areas tend to respond by becoming hyperactive. This triggers withdrawal symptoms, such as muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, tremors, etc. The device reduces the symptoms by stimulating the areas of the brain through nerves concentrated in the outer ear.
Easing withdrawal symptoms during detox
According to a company-sponsored study yet to be published, 90 percent of the patients who used the device were able to withstand their withdrawal symptoms through the first week of detox and entered the next stage of recovery.
The device, along with the electrodes, are implanted just behind the ear, specifically the region where the cranial nerves are closest to the surface. A battery-operated chip sends impulses to nerves to block the pain. Though the mechanism of the device appears to be similar to that of acupuncture, it is more like the concept electro-acupuncture.
By wearing the device continuously for five days, when the withdrawals symptoms are at their peak, the patient is able to endure the symptoms with ease and less suffering. Notably, the patients are required to wear the device all through the day. As the device needs to be kept dry, they need to be extra careful while bathing.
Road to recovery
With the effective results displayed by the device so far, it is believed to be a game changer. It certainly holds an upper hand compared to other medications and therapies, which are not only lengthier but also more painful. Therefore, using the device certainly makes the first step toward detox comparatively easier and more comfortable, thereby instilling determination in the patients to complete the detoxification program.
It is important to note that using the device is only to ease the symptoms and should not be considered as the complete detox program. One needs to undergo a long-term detoxification program in a certified detox center.
If you know someone who is addicted to addictive substances, contact the Florida Detox Helpline to get complete information on the detox facilities in Florida. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-920-9869 or chat online with one of our experts to connect to the best detox center in Florida.