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NSS-2 Bridge: A New Device Approved to Aid in Opioid Withdrawals

The innovative NSS-2 Bridge is a new de vice recently approved by the FDA to aid in opioid withdrawal pain.  For many this is very exciting news!  The bridge looks similar in size to a hearing aid.  It fits behind the ear with attached wires that connect to brain nervous.  Originally created to lessen chronic pain, epilepsy, and surgery soreness, the NSS-2 Bridge has now been approved for opioid withdrawal pain as well.

This is a breakthrough for many individuals who have feared the painful withdrawal from addictive opioids.  Developed by Dr. Arturo Taca, a certified addictionologist in Missouri, it costs between $500-600.  The Bridge sends electrical impulses to the brain and branches of nerves.

Many individuals have unsuccessfully attempted to battle opioid addictions but the pain of withdrawal often stops the process.  People report withdrawal symptoms that are extremely intense and have nausea, shakes, chills, and anxiety as well.  Reports of the device usage indicate that within only 30 minutes of withdrawal symptoms forming, the NSS-2 Bridge through the electrical impulses, lowers heart rate, lessens or erases anxiety symptoms, and lessens nausea.  Although the drug remains in the individual’s systems until complete withdrawal is over, the symptoms are extremely lessens or are simply not felt due to the device.

Some individuals report that the device has allowed them to feel hop for the first time since becoming addicted to opioids, although it will not prevent relapse.  Being able to work through the physical symptoms of withdrawal much easier also gives individuals who have become addicted to opioids energy to work through the emotional and mental side of recovery due to the use of the new NSS-2 Bridge.

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Withdrawal refers to the physical problems and emotions one may experience if they are dependent on a substance (such as alcohol, prescription medicines, or illegal drugs) and then suddenly stop or drastically reduce their intake of the substance. (WebMD)

Some drugs produce significant physical withdrawal (alcohol, opiates, and tranquilizers). Some drugs produce little physical withdrawal, but more emotional withdrawal (cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy). Every person’s physical withdrawal pattern is also different. Some may experience little physical withdrawal and experience more emotional withdrawal.

WebMD outlines some specific withdrawal symptoms for both alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs.  These symptoms are listed below:

Alcohol

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may begin from 4 to 12 hours after you cut down or stop drinking, or as long as several days after the last drink, and can last a few days. They can range from mild to life threatening.

  • Mild withdrawal symptoms may include:

Intense worry

Nausea or vomiting

Shakiness

Sweating

Feeling a little tense or edgy

  • Severe withdrawal symptoms may include:

Being extremely confused, jumpy, or upset

Feeling things on your body that are not there

Seeing or hearing things that are not there

Severe trembling

  • Life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal are called delirium tremens (DTs).  Symptoms of DTs include all of the symptoms listed above plus seizures. Untreated DTs can lead to death

Prescription medicines or illegal drugs

Symptoms of withdrawal from either illegal drugs or prescription medicines depend on the drug or combination of drugs. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Drenching sweats.
  • Nervousness and shaking.
  • Seizures.
  • Death

There are two stages of withdrawal. The first stage is the acute stage, which usually lasts at most a few weeks. During this stage, individuals may experience physical withdrawal symptoms. But every drug is different, and every person is different.

The second stage of withdrawal is called the Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). During this stage individuals have fewer physical symptoms, but more emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Post-acute withdrawal occurs because one’s brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As their brain chemistry improves, the levels of their brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

It is interesting to note that most people experience some post-acute withdrawal symptoms. In the acute stage of withdrawal every person’s symptoms vary and their reactions are different.  But, in post-acute withdrawal, most people have the same symptoms.

Addictionsandrecovery.org list the most common post-acute withdrawal symptoms as:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Variable energy
  • Low enthusiasm
  • Variable concentration
  • Disturbed sleep

Some important facts to remember concerning post-acute withdrawal include:

Symptoms that change as fast as minute to minute (stretched will get longer the longer recovery goes on)

Withdrawal episodes can be triggered by many different things and can last for a few days once you’ve been in recovery for a while but remember that they will not last forever

The process of withdrawal usually lasts for 2 years

Knowing that withdrawal is difficult and long can be both discouraging and empowering.  Individuals may feel hopeless knowing it will be at least 2 years before they are fully recovered from a certain substance, but they may find hope knowing that difficult withdrawal is normal and it won’t last forever.  It’s important to be patient with oneself and take good care of oneself too.

 

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