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There Is Hope With The BRIDGE®

The Ken Starr Wellness Group is pleased to offer “The Bridge Device” to help assist our patients with opiate withdrawal. The Bridge Device is a revolutionary small neuromodulator that stays fixed behind the ear for up to 5 days while it sends electrical stimuli to the central nervous system essentially confusing the nervous system and significantly decreasing withdrawal. It acts as a TENS unit for the brain.

This device actually came out a couple of years ago. I thought it was interesting but I wasn’t convinced and it was a little pricey. Since then, several colleagues of mine have used it and attest to its effectiveness. It’s really turned out to be a simple and powerful tool.

Most people describe the feeling of having The Bridge attached as a “warmth” or ” tingling”. Overall, it seems to be very well tolerated. Occasionally a wire may become misplaced or loose but that’s easily fixed.

The device cannot get wet. That can pose a challenge for patients as it needs to stay on for 5 days.

The device in most centers is combined with medications for comfort. However, we combine it with our NAD Therapy program to achieve the smoothest and most tolerable withdrawal experience possible.

The Ken Starr Wellness Group is absolutely committed to offering the best possible withdrawal experience. Every day I meet with patients who so desperately want to stop taking opiates but the withdrawal just isn’t tolerable. I understand completely. What if you or your loved one could come off opiates comfortably and in just 2 weeks have no withdrawal or cravings? That’s what we can achieve when combining technologies like The Bridge Device with NAD Therapy and Ketamine Therapy.

Please contact The Clinic to learn more.

For years I have been committed to wellness therapies. I started as a specialist treating patients with substance use disorders and I’ve learned that “ dual diagnosis” patients are the norm and not the exception; meaning most patients with a substance use disorder also have anxiety, depression, and pain. For several years we’ve also become experts in IV infusions that target addiction behavior. That’s why the NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy Program was implemented. As ketamine therapies have proven effective, it’s a natural extension that we would implement ketamine into our programs to maximize treatment options for our patients.

Ketamine works faster and has less side effects than typical antidepressant therapies

Yes it is. However, the doses used in our infusion program are significantly  lower than those used in the setting of recreational drug use. The development of addiction in this setting would be unlikely.

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. This is the area of your brain that has a role in pain perception, memory, learning. Ketamine seems to reset this area. Ketamine seems to prime the brain for making new connections and learning.

All your questions can be answered here:

At this time, ketamine is used for severe depression and chronic pain syndromes. About 15% of people treated for depression will be resistant to traditional methods. The depression can be the depressed phase of bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Pain syndrome include chronic headaches, reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( complex regional pain syndromes) and fibromyalgia.

Ketamine does increase blood pressure and heart rate. Patients are required to have a normal blood pressure prior to infusion. Emergence reactions can occur as well. This is when patients come out of the sedated state and have terrors or severe anxiety. Medications can be administered if this occurs and this syndrome is brief.

Patients feel “intoxicated” or like “floating”. Often time they feel “disconnected”. The medication is given over a 40 minutes period with another 15 minutes for patients to recover.

Chill. Bring an eye mask or music if you like. You really won’t be able to carry on a conversation. You’ll be in a comfortable recliner  in a room by yourself during the infusion. A nurse or physician will be frequently checking in on you.

Some patients will know within 1 hour after the infusion. Most patients within 24 hours  will feel more hopeful, happier and more content. Some patients report increased calmness and an overall better outlook. Over the course of treatment further improvements are seen.

Yes. We are consultants who provide the Ketamine Procedure. We are happy to offer our therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioner for your services if you like.

Patients know in just 2-3 treatments if Ketamine is helping them. If so, we recommend 6 treatments initially over a 2-3 week period. Patients will need to do boosters frequently to maintain their response. The total treatment program is uniquely dependent on each indivisuals circumstances.

Depression: the results can last from a couple of days to a few weeks. However, when the treatments are stacked the results are longer lasting.

Pain: Infusing Ketamine for pain results is different than a mental health indication. The infusions for pain are longer and are stacked together. The initial treatments may only result in pain relief for a few hours. However, longer infusions stacked together have a cumulative responsive and the results can last weeks to months. Boosters monthly should be expected if a patient has a good response.

For Depression and Mood Conditions: Each 40 minute infusion is $450

For Pain Indications like regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia the infusion is 2 hours. The cost is $700. Six infusions over 2 weeks is recommended.

Insurance doesn’t  cover the costs of the Ketamine Infusion as this treatment is not FDA approved and is off label.

We Accept Many Insurance Plans for our Addiction Programs

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