The acute pain of withdrawals as measured by C.O.W.S (clinical opiate withdrawal scale) is one of the greatest barriers to detoxification and rehabilitation in the industry. While most in-patient and out-patient facilities have protocols in place, many who suffer from this acute and painful time need access to new, safe, non-narcotic options in pain management.
Opioid and heroin detox is painful and can take days or weeks to complete. Patients frequently quit before they can be moved to Medication Assisted Treatment due to pain. It is very difficult to get patient to Naltrexone/Vivitrol or similar medication assisted treatment due to pain and length of withdrawals.
The BRIDGE device, part of the Neuro-Stim System, is an auricular peripheral nerve stimulator. This low risk procedure, which provides neuro-modulating signals over 96 hours for a 4-5 day time period is a non-narcotic alternative to address the acute pain of withdrawal. Here are points identifying the benefits of the BRIDGE.
1. More humane treatment of patients
2. More patients willing to complete the transitions to rehabilitation
3. An Option, previously unavailable
Lets Go A little Deeper
How long will I wear this device?
This device should be left on for the period of time recommended by your treating clinician. The device is designed to provide nuero-modulating signals for 96 hours over 4-5 days.
How many treatments will I need?
The BRIDGE is designed for a single use for ACUTE pain. In rare situations a second device may need to be placed. Please discuss with your provider.
How soon will I see results?
Acute pain will begin to diminish significantly in less than 30 minutes in most cases.
What if my pain returns?
If you begin to feel increased pain, that is significant, the most likely reason is that your needle implants have become loose. Do the "pinch test" to reset them. You may need to place new circle bandages in some situations. If you have done this and waited 15 minutes and your pain persists, contact your provider. Your provider may have non-narcotic medications to assist you.
What if I don’t feel the pulsing, should I take the device off?
No. Your body will become attenuated or “used to” the pulsing so you may not always feel it. Just because you don’t feel it does NOT mean it isn’t working. If you have any questions call your provider and discuss this with them.
What if my ear starts hurting during treatment?
On rare occasions a patient may feel a stinging sensation where the electrodes are implanted. This is only a sensation and you will not get burned. If this happens, a gentle squeeze with your fingers (pinch test) will help take care of the problem. If you try this and the pain continues please call your treatment provider.
Are there any Normal Precautions?
Yes. You need to take special care to not get the device wet while showering or washing your hair. Do not go swimming with the device in place. Do not immerse in water. It is an extremely safe, water resistant, low voltage electronic device that will simply stop working if the batteries get wet. And NO, you won't get shocked if it gets wet.
Are there any Side Effects?
Although extremely rare, there may be some side effects which may include:
Bleeding or infection at the site of implantation
Pain at the site of implantation
A sore ear
Allergic reactions to the tape and adhesive
Restore Detox Centers is Certified by the State of California to provide Incidental Medical Services. This enables our staff to provide oral and intravenous medications as well as alternative non-narcotic treatment methods for withdrawal symptoms. These treatments are provided and monitored by qualified medical staff on site. IMS certification allows Restore Detox Centers to provide admissions 24 hours seven days a week.
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