What is the Bridge Device?

One of the biggest challenges for opioid addicts is to overcome the withdrawal symptoms. 

Anyone who has been dependent on opioids for long finds it extremely difficult to stop their use as it causes withdrawal symptoms. Opioids offer relief from pain but over time, many become addicted to them and tend to take more than is required. Some people e.g. take heroin in excess and this has devastating effects. 

People addicted to opioids have pre-conceived notions about the pains associated with the withdrawal symptoms process. Medical technology has introduced a very interesting device, The Bridge Device’, a state-of the art product founded by Dr. Arturo Taca. This device aids in assisting individuals who are on the path of recovery from opioid addiction, in a less painful manner. The Bridge device offers relief to patients via a medically-assisted detox process.

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Attachment of the Bridge Device

The Bridge Device can be used by any sex gender, irrespective of their age and race. 

A qualified practitioner fits the device behind the ear and places the needles thereof at distinct points across the earlobe of the person. Once the device is fitted well around the ear, the medical practitioner will chart out and share with the patient, a process of treatment that triggers the start of the detox process.

The person will start experiencing mild pulsations and a decrease in the pain levels and will have to wear the detox device for at least 4-5 days. 

How the Bridge Device process works

The Bridge Device has been medically tested as safe and acknowledged by the Food & Drug Association (FDA) in the USA and is primarily used to help alleviate the pain in opioid addicts during the process of withdrawal symptoms.

The electrodes, a part of the device, skillfully detect the exact branches of the cranial and occipital nerves via the skin of the ear, both around and inside it. These nerves are situated in the topmost region of our central nervous system and are responsible for transmitting pain signals.

The device now sends electrical pulses and stimulates the said branches of the cranial and occipital nerves. This helps reduce the unease of the withdrawal process.

Is the Bridge Device for opioid addiction free of after-effects?

Detoxing is the first and most challenging step. Many find it difficult to endure the pain that accompanies it.

A withdrawal process always brings about various situations depending on the extent to which the person has been dependent on the opioids.

  • Person’s body tends to ache for a while
  • She or he may experience symptoms similar to those of Flu
  • Nausea and vomiting tend to occur in most cases
  • Muscle cramps
  • A running nose and discharge from eyes are common occurrences
  • Insomnia and anxiety 

In cases of extreme addiction, the withdrawal symptoms may be a challenge to battle. The person may have to resort to medical / psychological help to recover completely.

Freedom from withdrawal symptoms

This depends on the usage of the opioids, the frequency and the levels of addiction of the person in the past. In the case of less extreme cases, the cycle of withdrawal symptoms can be experienced anywhere after 6 hours or within 24 hours. 

Complete withdrawal symptoms may take at least five to six days.

In extreme cases, persons may have to deal with psychological symptoms which continue for 30-60 days.

Is the Bridge Device a safe bet?


It has proved to be very safe and effective. Here is some more information claiming the safety of the Bridge Device. Take a look.

  • It has received the approval of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA.
  • It does not have to be implanted inside your body.
  • Persons using this are known to experience a positive relief in withdrawal symptoms in as little a time as twenty minutes after the process begins.
  • The device helps lessen the impact of the withdrawal symptoms.
  • It is free of medications 
  • The process is often accompanied with special guidelines detailed by the doctor to help individuals recover completely.

What are the side effects of wearing the bridge device?

Nothing in this universe comes without pain! However, there are some limitations on the extent of pain/side-effects experienced due to the bridge device. 

  • A little skin irritation.
  • Individuals with sensitive skin may experience increased irritation because of the adhesives used to affix the device firmly.
  • Little bleeding at the area on which the device is implanted.

Measures to be taken while wearing the Bridge Device

  • Ensure that the device is not made wet during a shower or swimming. Despite it being water-resistant, water may affect the functioning of the battery.
  • Cover the device either with a dry cloth or even a plastic while taking a shower.
  • Some individuals have experienced pain after some time of wearing the device. This happens if the implant gets a little loose from its position making fewer signals reach the brain. The concerned medical authority guides the person well in advance on how to remedy this simple issue.

What disqualifies a person from wearing a Bridge Device?

  • Pregnant ladies.
  • Women/men using a pacemaker.
  • Individuals who have a history of seizures.

Benefits of the Bridge Device

  • It is a single-patient wearable device, which through the skin, in and around the ear, sends electrical impulses to the cranial nerves in the same region. This assists in reducing the opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • The process does not make any bodily incisions.
  • It can be worn without disrupting a person’s daily activities.
  • It takes only about 15 minutes for the medical specialist to place the implant correctly behind the ear, with ease.
  • Relief from withdrawal symptoms can be experienced within twenty minutes of the device activation.
  • Minimal risk in the placement of the device around the ear.
  • Minimal bleeding and pain at the site of the device implant around the ear.
  • Minimal chance of a delirium state 


Total cost can range between $600 – $3500 depending on the severity of the case and the medical authority in question.

The Takeaway

We hope now there’s nothing to worry about wearing the Bridge Device! So, if the benefits of the device pique your interest, talk with our experts at DripGym to guide you throughout the procedure. 

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