BRIDGE Device For Opioid Addiction Recovery

At True Self Recovery, we are steadfastly committed to providing superior treatments for individuals battling opioid addiction. Our primary concern is to aid patients in their journey toward recovery. One innovative solution that we utilize is the BRIDGE device, a ground-breaking technology revolutionizing the opioid detox process, which is currently FDA-cleared for the treatment of opioid withdrawals. 

True Self Recovery is the first addiction treatment center in Arkansas to utilize the BRIDGE device to help our patients comfortably overcome the most challenging phase of opioid withdrawal.  At our facility, patients can opt to use the BRIDGE device in addition to or instead of the more traditional Medication-Assisted Treatment programs that utilize medications like Suboxone to help patients ween off of opioids. 

The BRIDGE device is especially effective in bridging the gap between using opioids actively and transitioning to these medications that ease withdrawals and minimize cravings.  This period typically lasts for about two days and can be an impediment to people taking the first step to free themselves from opioid addiction.  

With the BRIDGE device program, True Self Recovery is able to provide our patients with a comprehensible program allowing them to get off opioids and set the foundation for long-term recovery.

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Opioid addiction, a debilitating condition, traps millions of individuals in a cycle of dependency. This situation can begin with prescribed medications for pain management that can sometimes spiral into prescription drug misuse and lead to the use of illicit opioids.

Of course, opioid abuse and addiction can also result from the use of opioids obtained “from the street.” With the preponderance of fentanyl currently, this can be life-threatening.

Withdrawal symptoms are often a significant obstacle to recovery. Individuals may experience nausea, restlessness, pain, and intense cravings. These symptoms can be extremely discomforting, leading many to abandon their path to recovery.

BRIDGE Device For Opioid Addiction Recovery

Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Understanding the ordeal of opioid withdrawal necessitates an awareness of its typical symptoms. While these can vary depending on the individual and the extent of opioid usage, some common symptoms are frequently reported.

  • Muscle Aches
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

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The Role of BRIDGE Device in Opioid Addiction Recovery

The BRIDGE device is a potent tool in the fight against opioid addiction. As an auricular neurostimulator, it targets specific nerves in the ear to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.  

It typically takes about fifteen minutes to attach the simple and painless device to the patient’s ear. Once attached, the patient typically wears the BRIDGE detox for the three-to-five-day period when opioid withdrawals are at their most severe. 

After applying the device, significant improvement in the withdrawal symptoms is typically noticed by the patient within 10-15 minutes. 

While the device is attached, patients will feel gentle pulsations and decreased pain. Once the patient is through the most severe period of withdrawal discomfort, the device can be easily removed.

Patients undergoing the Bridge Treatment at True Self Recovery can still utilize traditional Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) either during our after

How the BRIDGE Device Works

The BRIDGE device, a non-narcotic solution, operates through neurostimulation. The BRIDGE Device is worn behind the ear, where it sends electrical impulses to the brain.  These electrical pulses mitigate the distress associated with opioid withdrawal. The BRIDGE Device takes advantage of the body’s neural pathways, interrupting the pain signals caused by opiate withdrawal. This disruption allows patients to manage their symptoms more comfortably.

Benefits of the BRIDGE Device

The BRIDGE device offers numerous advantages:

  • Non-Invasive: It’s an outpatient procedure with no surgical intervention required.
  • Rapid Symptom Relief: Most patients experience symptom relief within 30 minutes.
  • No Pharmaceuticals: As a non-narcotic solution, it doesn’t replace one addiction with another.
  • Promotes Natural Healing: The device aids the body’s natural process of overcoming addiction.

Several clinical studies endorse the BRIDGE device’s efficacy in opioid addiction recovery. In a research study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 88% of the participants completed detoxification and moved on to MAT after using the BRIDGE device.

Integrating the BRIDGE Device into Holistic Recovery Programs

At True Self Recovery, we incorporate the BRIDGE device into a comprehensive, patient-centered recovery program. Our experienced team crafts personalized plans that include medical supervision, therapeutic counseling, and aftercare support.

Medical Supervision

Our clinical team, including a Physician board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addictionology, as well as a kind, caring, and experienced nursing staff, closely monitors patients throughout the detoxification process. This oversight ensures the safe and effective use of the BRIDGE device.

While the BRIDGE device has been shown to decrease the symptoms of opioid withdrawals, we understand that in some cases, medications may still be needed to decrease symptoms, that while improved, may still be present.

At True Self Recovery, we are experienced in helping patients withdraw safely and comfortably from all types of opioids. Therefore, when appropriate, medications can still be provided for further comfort measures while still maintaining the BRIDGE device in place. 

The typical duration of the BRIDGE PROGRAM at True Self Recovery is ten days. Of course, all patients are unique, and we are flexible at True Self Recovery. Our primary concern is patient safety and comfort. 

Typically ten days are a sufficient time to fully resolve the withdrawal cycle and institute after-care mediations if appropriate.

Therapeutic Counseling

Concurrent with the physical aspects of recovery, our therapeutic counseling addresses the psychological elements of addiction. We use various therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to reinforce coping strategies and prevent relapse.

Aftercare Support

We provide an extensive aftercare program to support patients’ long-term recovery. This includes ongoing counseling, support groups, and resources to maintain sobriety.

Manage Withdrawals Safely and Comfortably at True Self Recovery

At True Self Recovery, our primary commitment is to help individuals break free from the shackles of opioid addiction. By incorporating the BRIDGE device in our extensive recovery program, we provide a clear and hopeful path toward a healthier, substance-free future. With our relentless dedication to providing exceptional patient care, we continually research and implement the most efficacious treatments for opioid addiction recovery, placing the BRIDGE device

*Co-occurring substance use disorders such as alcohol use disorder, sedative use disorders with abuse or dependence, stimulant use disorder, active psychiatric conditions, suicidal or homicidal ideations, unstable medical conditions, pacemakers, pregnancy, any kind of intracranial, intraspinal or other implantable device, skin conditions around the ear, bleeding disorders or use of blood thinners such as Plavix, Coumadin, Eliquis, or Xarelto will preclude admission for this program.

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Dr. Daidone, Medical Director at True Self Recovery, holds double Board Certification in both Internal Medicine and Addictionology. He has received the Compassionate Doctor of the Year award for five years in a row and has a sincere desire to help those with substance abuse disorders.

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