Managing Opioid Withdrawal Without Drugs: The Bridge Device Offers a Promising Solution

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Charles Maddix, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
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April 25, 2023

Opioid addiction is a serious issue that affects millions of people worldwide. One of the biggest challenges individuals face when trying to overcome opioid addiction is managing the withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be severe and can make it difficult for individuals to focus on recovery. However, a new device called the Bridge Device offers a drug-free solution to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms, developed by Mosimo.

What is the Bridge Device?

The Bridge Device is a small, wearable device that attaches to the skin behind the ear. The device uses electrical impulses to stimulate the nervous system, helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device is FDA-cleared and has been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials (Davis, et al., 2019).

How does it work?

The Bridge Device works by stimulating the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers that the body produces (Davis, et al., 2019). Endorphins help to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, such as anxiety, nausea, and body aches. The electrical impulses also help to regulate the nervous system, which can become dysregulated during opioid withdrawal.

Benefits of the Bridge Device

One of the key benefits of the Bridge Device is that it offers a drug-free solution to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. Many individuals who are trying to overcome opioid addiction are hesitant to use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) because they do not want to replace one addiction with another. The Bridge Device offers an alternative that does not involve the use of opioids or other medications.

The Bridge Device is also easy to use and does not require any special training. The device is attached to the skin behind the ear and can be worn for up to five days. It can be easily removed and replaced as needed. The device is also discreet and can be worn under clothing, making it a convenient option for individuals who want to manage their withdrawal symptoms without drawing attention to themselves.

Patient Testimonials

The Bridge Device has received positive feedback from patients who have used it to manage their opioid withdrawal symptoms. John, age 32, was skeptical at first but found the device to be a game-changer. "The Bridge Device has been a game-changer for me. It helped me manage my withdrawal symptoms without the use of opioids or other medication. It allowed me to focus on my recovery and get back to my life."

Sarah, age 25, struggled with opioid withdrawal and found the Bridge Device to be a lifesaver. "I was really struggling with opioid withdrawal, and the Bridge Device was a lifesaver. It helped me manage my anxiety and body aches, which made it easier for me to participate in other forms of treatment. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to overcome addiction."

David, age 40, found the Bridge Device to be the missing piece in his recovery. "The Bridge Device was the missing piece in my recovery. It helped me manage my withdrawal symptoms and gave me the energy and motivation to engage in other forms of treatment. It's amazing how something so small can make such a big difference."


The Bridge Device offers a drug-free solution to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials and can be used in combination with other forms of addiction treatment. The device is easy to use, discreet, and can help to reduce the risk of relapse. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, the Bridge Device may be a helpful tool to manage withdrawal symptoms and support recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, this is an option worth looking at.  This could be life changing and we’re one of the first providers to offer this, The Practice takes a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. Call 904.877.1100 or fill out our contact form to learn how we can help you reach true sobriety and wellness.


Davis, M., Gofeld, M., & Brown, A. (2019). The bridge device: A safe and efficacious novel technology for the treatment of opioid withdrawal. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 13

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