Opioid Use Disorder
Opioids interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. As pain relievers, they are considered safe when taken for a short time as prescribed by a doctor. However, they produce a euphoria in addition to pain relief, which can lead to misuse. This includes being taken in a larger quantity than prescribed as well as being taken in a different way. Regular use, even as prescribed, can lead to dependence. When misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents and deaths.
Opioid addiction is considered a chronic medical condition. The opioids create changes in the brain that foster addiction. Successful treatment involves medication and counseling.
To overcome addiction, patients need to eliminate drugs from system, a process known as detoxification. This process involves a range of symptoms including stomach cramps, muscle aches,
Treatment with Drug Relief® Device
Drug Relief is a percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulator (PNFS). It is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use during detoxification.
The small, battery-operated wearable device is placed behind the ear and held in place with adhesives. Tiny needles are placed in the ear at nerve endings. During treatment, electrical pulses are sent through the needles into the nerve endings. This treatment is referred to as auricular neurostimulation therapy.
The ear is an ideal option because it provides numerous points for stimulation within a small area.
Drug Relief Treatment®
The device is placed on the patient by a health care practitioner as an out-patient procedure. The device offers patients a high degree of comfort and mobility and they can resume most normal activities during treatment.
Drug Relief®is designed to administer nerve field stimulation over five days at a time. It can be used during detoxification to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. It can be used in conjunction with and sometimes in place of opioid agonist treatment.
Patients may begin to feel relief from symptoms within an hour of beginning treatment.
The device for one-time use and is disposable.
The content provided on this website is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Treatment decisions should be made in consultation with a qualified medical provider.