When the tech industry started expanding beyond wrist-worn, fitness-based wearables, pain-relieving devices were one of the first product lines to emerge.
The Neuro-Stim System is another non-narcotic wearable that eases acute and chronic pain, but the device can aid in another area of substance abuse — heroin withdrawal.
According to Fox 59, a city court in Greenwood, Indiana recently developed a three-step program for heroin addicts that gives them an opportunity to stay out of jail. To begin, the program utilizes the Neuro-Stim System to “help opioid users get through withdrawal symptoms by blocking the part of the brain that fires pain signals.”
The device, which attaches behind the ear, transmits low-frequency electrical impulses to exposed nerve bundles. Because the ear offers access to a lot of nerve bundles, the device can provide treatment in a minimally-invasive way, according to Vista Healthcare Technologies.
Patients typically receive three Neuro-Stim System devices, which are used and then replaced every seven days, to treat chronic pain. Users are then given seven days off to see how they recuperate from the treatment. It’s unclear how, or if, treatment differs for substance abuse addicts.
Treatment centers in six Indiana cities currently use the Neuro-Stim System, but Greenwood — which is one of most populated suburbs of Indianapolis — is the first local government to employ the device.