A doctor saw his opioid-addicted patient suffering the agony of withdrawal and took a chance.
He hooked a neuro-stim system device from Innovative Health Solutions to that patient’s ear and watched the pain dissipate.
As a result, there’s a new tool available to help addicted individuals pursue treatment and recovery. It’s called the Bridge.
Brian Carrico, the vice president of sales for Innovative Health Solutions, a Versailles, Ind.-based company, said that after the doctor’s discovery, the company tweaked its Electro Auricular Device, which treats chronic pain in a non-narcotic fashion by auricular stimulation.
The Bridge, which was introduced Jan. 8 at Reid Health, is being used by the Richmond (indiana) Comprehensive Treatment Center, Reid and the Union County Opiate Treatment Center. It’s one step being taken locally to help fight the addiction problem. In addition, two new treatment centers reportedly are near their openings with a third in the works.
Recovery Works, an in-patient detoxification and treatment center, is scheduled to open Dec. 28 at Indiana 1 and Interstate 70 and Recovery of Indiana, an out-patient treatment center, is scheduled to open Jan. 3 on Williamsburg Pike, Wayne County Commissioner Mary Anne Butters told a recent meeting of the Heroin Is Here group.
Sayward Salazar of Meridian Health Services said her organization is working with Richmond State Hospital to establish an in-patient treatment center, as well, but no timetable for an opening has been set.
Butters also said Recovery Works is evaluating the Bridge device for use at its center.
What is the Bridge?