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The Doctors have been at the forefront of the raging opioid addiction crisis which is wrecking havoc across the country and destroying the lives of those addicted and their loved loves. During our gripping United States of Addiction series, we have profiled numerous alternative treatments that could offer hope to those affected by these devasting drugs.
We welcomed addiction specialist Dr. Joseph DeSanto and Anna, who has battled an opioid addiction. They discussed a new implant that is being placed in the body to combat addiction. The Bridge device uses small electrical nerve stimulators that are placed behind the ear to send pulses to cranial nerves to help provide relief from withdrawal symptoms. It can be used for up to 5 days during acute withdrawal. Anna told us she was "doing great" after getting the implant. She said felt a difference in just a matter of hours. "I'm not depressed. I'm not anxious, starting with The Bridge device... I feel like I have these magical powers almost because not everybody gets to go through life truly being depressed and then truly not. I just have so much compassion for myself that I wish I would have had my whole life. I just get to be loving and gentle with myself now and it's really a gift," she shared. The Bridge device is currently only available with a prescription.
We also examined how some seniors are swapping their opioids for marijuana, with many of them telling us they experienced great results by going green.
One of our most inspiring guests Matthew found success in his battle with pain medications using transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments. Find out more about this approach to dealing with addiction.
We also welcomed star volleyball athlete Gabrielle Reece, who spoke about the opioid alternatives she used while dealing with pain related to a knee replacement.
Could a virtual reality approach to rehab help in the fight against opioid addiction? See what The Doctors had to say this about this cutting-edge approach to treatment.
The Doctors also discussed whether or not over-the-counter pain pills are as effective at relieving pain as prescription opioids. Hear what the panel had to say about this possible simple approach to dealing with pain.