The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a wearable device by DyAnsys Inc. that can be used to reduce the opioid withdrawal symptoms. Called Drug Relief, the device uses electrical pulses that are transmitted through small needles inserted in the inner ear to combat early stages of detox, which is the preliminary step in treating addiction. At present, the device is available through prescription only.
The objective of the device is to ease the withdrawal symptoms, such as agitation, cravings and depression, while opioids are being flushed out from the patient’s system. The non-narcotic option can help to stabilize the patient without any side effects. According to the manufacturer of the device, stabilization is the key before starting medication-assisted therapies or other treatment modalities.
The device is an electrical nerve field stimulator designed to administer treatment for over 120 hours. As per the manufacturers, patients may see positive results within 30 to 60 minutes of beginning the treatment. According to DyAnsys CEO Srini Nageshwar, given the present opioid crisis, there is a need for effective and non-addictive alternatives that can make a difference for patients and their families.
Detox is key step in addiction treatment
Dealing with opioid withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful. People often complain of nausea, vomiting, reduced energy level, disturbed sleep and abdominal cramps. Though the symptoms depend on the level of withdrawal one experiences, multiple factors like frequency of drug use, severity of addiction and one’s overall health may influence the duration of withdrawal pangs. Opioid withdrawal could be mild, moderate or severe, and it happens because it takes time for the body to adjust to not having a regular dose of the substance. The withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from a week to a month. Many a times, people tend to relapse or get back to addiction to escape the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. It is important to seek professional treatment at certified drug detox facilities to manage cravings and treat the body and mind. Typically, a comprehensive treatment for opioid addiction involves detox followed by behavioral therapies and medication under supervised care.
Detox works by cleansing the body of all the toxins accumulated from long-term use and abuse, and preparing the patient for further steps in the recovery process. The duration of detox depends on the dosage, duration and frequency of the substance abused. Detox is considered important as it allows a patient to recognize his/her addiction as well as decrease and eliminate drug use. When medically supervised, it also helps in preventing life-threatening complications arising out of untreated conditions. However, since the process itself does not take care of the emotional, psychological and social issues associated with addiction, detox is often accompanied by other procedures.
Road to recovery
Sovereign Health is one of the leading detox facilities in California, offering combined services of detox, counseling and behavioral therapies for long-lasting recovery. Evidence-based treatment for drug or alcohol addiction may necessitate detox along with various experiential therapies, allowing patients to heal and uncover any underlying medical issues. In addition to medically assisted detox, Sovereign Health also offers its patients nutrition-assisted detox that involves the use of amino acid therapy to help restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a safe and effective process to speed up the recovery process. To know more about detox or to locate our state-of-the-art rapid detox centers in California, call our 24/7 detox helpline (855) 682-0103 or chat live online with a member of our team.