NSS-2 Bridge Device: FDA Approved Opioid Addiction Recovery in Atlanta
Trying to overcome opioid addiction can seem impossible.
We’ve seen so many people try to make the transition through their opioid addiction detox treatment only to give up because of the withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, people avoid even trying to go through this process because of the fear of withdrawal.
Thankfully, there’s a new solution. It’s called NSS-2 Bridge. This is an FDA-approved device which totally changes the way we address breaking the cycle of opioid addiction.
Why the Detox Compliance Rate Is Staggeringly Low
Dependence on opioids is at an all-time high. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately two million people addicted to opioids. According to The American Psychiatric Association, as of 2018, many as one in three people know someone with an opioid addiction.
Many of those who are addicted would like to get clean. Unfortunately, there’s something which holds them back – the pain and intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms can include:
- Hot and cold flashes
- Joint and muscle pain
- Nausea/gastrointestinal upset
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
- High anxiety
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle twitching
- Rapid heart rate and/or heart palpitations
The level of the pain and discomfort addicts feel is almost unthinkable. Add to this and the fact symptoms can last for weeks and it’s no wonder why so many are afraid of going through the detox process.
Could a Non-Narcotic Alternative Be the Solution for a Comfortable Transition?
In November 2017, the FDA released information to the press regarding a new device which can help addicts overcome opioid addiction. It’s called the NSS-2 Bridge.
We’re excited about this device for three reasons.
First, it makes it possible to detox without having to treat patients with narcotic drugs in the process.
Second, it offers patients a humane way to detox. The transition from withdrawals to recovery becomes a more comfortable one.
Finally, patients don’t have to deal with weeks of withdrawal symptoms. Instead, their symptoms can dissipate within five days or less.
All of this leads us to our greatest goal: patient compliance.
What is the NSS-2 Bridge exactly, and how does it work?
The Scientific Advantage: How the NSS-2 Bridge Works
This bridge is an auricular peripheral nerve stimulator. A patient wears a clear, plastic shell containing a small computer chip behind their ear.
Three electrodes come out of the shell. They’re strategically placed on or near important nerve endings.
The electrodes are placed:
- In front of the ear
- On the ear lobe
- Between the rook and helix of the ear
The computer chip sends signals to the nerves through the sensors. In turn, the areas of the brain and spinal column affected by opioids receive pain-arresting messages.
The Bridge goes beyond dampening a patient’s need for opioids. It reduces their withdrawal symptoms – and it does this very quickly. Within five to 30 minutes, a patient can be relatively symptom-free. This relief lasts for days while the opioids leave their system.
This is an ideal remedy for people who:
- Are afraid of intense withdrawal symptoms
- Can’t go to a rehab facility due to family, work, or other obligations
Please note – we do not recommend this device for people with skin conditions (like psoriasis), cardiac pacemakers, or hemophilia.
The Importance of Finding Innovative Ways to Treat the Opioid Epidemic
There are so many people who want to end their addiction to opioids. Despite their desire, we’ve seen so many give up – or not even attempt it in the first place – because of the fear of withdrawal.
We can’t keep having people fail before they even begin. Instead of relying on the same rehabilitation treatments, we need to find innovative, compassionate, and humane therapy alternative.
This is why we’re so excited about the NSS-2 Bridge. With this device, we know more people than ever will be able to kick their opioid addiction once and for all.