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Written by Tara Smith, February 1, 2017

Rapid heart rate. Sweating. Shaky hands. Goosebumps. Nausea. Muscle pain. Depression. Anxiety.


At first glance, you might think these are flu symptoms. But they’re actually opiate withdrawal symptoms. Imagine not only feeling these miserable symptoms, but also feeling intense pain and the fear of pain from withdrawing. The other factor is time. These symptoms can last up to 72 hours and sometimes longer! This is the reality for people struggling to overcome addiction to opiates. And the struggle is very real.


Often, the agonizing pain associated with withdrawal can be a major deterrent to seeking treatment. It can also be a reason why people stop in the middle of a recovery program, too. And if the goal is to have commitment to recovery, then addressing the fear of pain and the pain itself is crucial. Conventional rehab centers and the allopathic medical community have offered some solutions, but with a relapse rate of 50-90%, one has to ask, “Are they really working?”

The Bridge to Recovery


You know that device we mentioned that could significantly help millions of people addicted to opiates? It’s the real deal and it’s here. Innovative Health Solutions has created a non-invasive, FDA-cleared device that relieves pain from withdrawal symptoms in minutes. In fact, the Bridge’s ability to alleviate pain has been evaluated in opiate addictions, and found a 70% reduction in pain in 20 minutes. They also found 100% reduction in pain by 60 minutes. That’s huge when compared to the peak effects of detox medications. Before you think this is too good to be true, watch this quick video to understand the science behind the Bridge.

"I’ve seen significant improvements for clients when they use the Bridge. One client was very restless and he kept moving from his chair to lying down on the floor, and back and forth. Extremely uncomfortable. When the Dr. applied the Bridge, he fell asleep within almost seconds of it being activated. Clients experience significant pain relief, appear more relaxed and are able to tolerate the withdrawal process much better than without it.” 

-Samantha Raya, RN at NAD Treatment Center

The Bridge device sits discreetly behind the ear and can be used up to 5 days for long-acting pain relief. Clients going through opiate detox and also alcohol detox have experienced the benefits of the Bridge. Most experience relief from withdrawal symptoms in 10 minutes or less.

The Bridge is just one of the therapeutic services offered at the NAD Treatment Center in San Diego. In combination with the NeuroGenesis therapy containing NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), clients have a smoother detox process in just 10 days. The NAD Treatment Center Detox MethodTM involves the most advanced technology and treatments out there for substance detox. 


When combined with transformational counseling, the Bridge, NAD IV therapy, and Vivitrol, clients have the best opportunity for long term recovery. One of the best parts is most clients don’t experience any drug cravings after treatment. The NAD Treatment Center is giving clients and their families a fresh start, with help from The Bridge.


Know someone who needs a little help recovering from addiction? Contact the NAD Treatment Center for more information.

The Epidemic


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “it is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.”


Wow. Let’s allow that to sink in for a second…


That is a lot of people suffering. Whether they’re self-medicating due to feeling disconnected and alone, coping with past trauma, seeking pain relief, or any number of reasons why people use drugs, the problem of withdrawal symptoms is something they all face if they desire recovery. So what if there was a device that delivered pain relief in minutes? What if there was a non-toxic way to give hope to 36 million people worldwide?


Now that addiction is being viewed as a brain disease, wouldn’t it make sense for the mainstream medical community to start offering solutions to heal the brain? Wouldn’t that make more sense than prescribing harmful pharmaceutical drugs?

Before we take a look at this incredible device that could bring relief to millions of people, let’s see what the other guys are currently offering and compare the two.


The Typical Choices


There are two types of detox drugs:
  1. Opioid agonists, such as methadone or buprenorphine, mask the symptoms of withdrawal by tricking the brain into thinking that it’s still receiving the opioid it was originally addicted too. This only provides a temporary solution, because people who are addicted to opiates can still experience withdrawal symptoms. While it is ideal to gradually reduce the prescribed opioid agonist, this process can be lengthy, lasting up to a couple of months. A majority of people also experience a “wall” or a point that they’ve tapered down to in their medication level, but can no longer get completely off the medication due to intolerable withdrawal symptoms. Their body and brain become so used to the drug being present that it becomes difficult to function in daily life without having some level of the opioid.

  2. Opioid antagonists jump start the detoxification process, preventing the opioid from stimulating the brain cells, which isn’t always ideal. A quick and rapid attack of withdrawal symptoms are intense, and sometimes require sedation. Opioid antagonists, such as naltrexone or naloxone, are combined with other medications to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. Unfortunately, this method of detox is still very unpleasant.

Proceed with Caution


The time it takes for these medications to take effect can vary, and depends on the amount of opiates that were being used, the length of use, and other factors. Methadone has a peak effect at 2-4 hours and Suboxone has a peak effect at about 1.7 hours. It’s strongly advised to not take Suboxone until withdrawal symptoms have started, in order to avoid precipitate withdrawal symptoms. This type of withdrawal can be more painful than the symptoms described earlier.


Another serious aspect of these medications is the long list of side effects and precautions listed on the labels. For example, some side effects for Suboxone include sweating, fever or chills, lower back or side pain, and more. Doesn’t sound much different from the opiate withdrawal symptoms mentioned above. Methadone also has it’s own host of issues, one major side effect being that it can cause breathing problems.


So before you spend tens of thousands of dollars on traditional treatments and believe that these medications are your only option, first know that there are other options. You may not have heard of these other treatment options yet, and the reasons why the medical community and pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know about them is a whole other conversation in itself. But, regardless of why they’ve been kept from the public, these treatments are MORE effective and DO NOT come with a laundry list of scary side effects, precautions, and interactions that can compromise your health.

If you are interested in using the bridge device to minimize withdrawal symptoms from opioid detox click here.

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