How To Detox From Opiates At Home

george-portraitBy George Catlin, CEO of Withdrawal Ease:

 

 

Up until this point, many of my blog posts have discussed the various psychological aspects of quitting opiates and getting through withdrawal. However, starting with my recent post on “The Art of Opiate Tapering”, I’ve decided to discuss the more pragmatic aspects of taking your first step off of opiates. After all, I can wax poetic about the virtues of being off of opiates until I’m blue in the face, but it won’t do anyone much good unless I clearly map out HOW to detox the right way.

But before I begin, I must remind you that what I’m talking about is only the “First Step”. This stage of detox is often described as “acute” and “post-acute withdrawal”. Essentially this is the time that you are cleansing your body of opiates. I’m not going to talk much about addiction or cravings or how to “fill the void” in this post. Withdrawal Ease is dedicated to helping people take the first of many steps towards detox from opiates and staying off of them. What you learn on the site or from the Survival Guide, and what you experience with the product is for one purpose and one purpose only:

To get through your withdrawal as comfortably as possible in order to increase your chances for a successful detox.

Obviously, there are millions of different tactics, tinctures, potions and strategies that people try to get off opiates. And some might argue that there is no “right way to” do it… just different ways. But there are empirical facts, published data and proven results that always point towards several key strategies that have been proven to reduce the acuity of withdrawal. I’m going to share some of those with you now. I should also point out that what I describe in this post concentrates mostly on Home Detox. I will briefly touch on other options for detox but most of you want to know how you can detox comfortably in your own home, on your schedule, privately and without having to pay an arm and a leg.

This post will include several different strategies and subsequent tactics that I will summarize below and then go into more depth later on. As I will emphasize throughout this post, YOU are the engine that drives this process. Opiate addicts are pathologically wired to expect instant results with minimal effort but that’s not reality. There is no silver bullet… there is no panacea. Even though your pills may provide almost immediate effects, getting off of them requires effort, discipline and patience. That’s why it is so hard for those of us who are dependent on opiates to quit. It takes a complete paradigm shift in our thought processes to detox successfully. It cannot be done with a single pill (regardless of what the makers of Suboxone may tell you).  Unless you are engaged and committed, your chances of getting through your withdrawal diminish significantly. I’m not passing the buck here — just being honest.

Alright, let’s get to it. The following are the main tenets of detoxing the right way at home as I have defined it.

As a “memory management device,” I’ve devised this easily recalled acronym: C.P.T.P.C.R.P. (T-shirts and bumper stickers pending)

1. Commit: This is the point when you say “Help!” OR “Enough!”

2. Prepare: Getting ready for your detox process.

3. Taper: Less opiates in body = less severe withdrawal symptoms.

4. Prime Your Body (And Mind): The detox is literally a “shock to your system” but you can prepare it to handle the rigors of withdrawal.

5. Conduct your detox: It’s important to think of this process as yours. You are conducting this detox on YOUR terms. There are proven ways to make this process less agonizing!

6. Recover: Patience and acknowledging the little improvements that happen each day.

7. Plan Next Step: What to do now?

 

Step #1. Commit:

Obviously, this is a crucial part of the process and requires a great deal of courage. This is the point when you say “enough is enough” and decide that the “fun” is over. Too many things have happened to you and you want to get your happiness back. It’s a small step but a profound one because this when you change the direction of your life. Many of you are already at this point or perhaps almost at this point when you visit a site like withdrawal-ease.com. If you read The Top Ten Reasons To Quit page on this website and you can relate, then you’re probably ready to quit whether you like it or not. I also have a multitude of other posts dedicated to this crucial first step and I encourage you to read a few of them.

Posts like:

Am I an Addict or Just Addicted?

Getting “Un-Stuck”

The Brain’s “Reward Center”

How To Say Goodbye To Your Pills

Life Without Painkillers: A View From the Other Side

All of these posts articulate basically the same thing in different flavors. You need to quit needlessly taking opiates. Life is better when you quit. You won’t miss anything and you’ll live to a ripe old age hopefully.

I have found that just uttering the words “I Need Help” to yourself or — even better — to someone you trust can jump-start this process. You’re not helpless or hopeless or even (dare I say) powerless. You just need a little help to get your life and happiness back. If at all possible, give your friends and loved ones the benefit of the doubt and ask one of them for help. You might be very surprised at their response. Don’t worry about the bridges you’ve burned or the promises you’ve broken in the past. If you ask for help, 9 times out of 10, that person will help you. Sometime that one little act of acknowledgment of asking for help will begin to make you feel empowered. And if this is where you’ve come for help, then great!

You MUST gather the courage, understand how profoundly unhappy your are, recognize that being unhappy is unacceptable, and take control. Then it’s time to put together your plan to get your contentment and your life back. Your happiness was taken from you by the pills, and you want it back, dammit!

 

Step #2. Prepare:

Now is the time when you map out your detox strategy. There are some options out there to help but many are unsuitable due to the cost and time required:

—In-patient detox

—In-patient detox and intensive outpatient (IOP) follow up

—In-patient detox + Rehab (30-90 days)

—Rapid detox under general anesthesia

—Suboxone

—Home Detox

If you have come to Withdrawal Ease and are reading this post, I have to assume that for a variety of reasons you are interested in trying a to detox from home. I have done every single one of these detox methods (minus rapid detox…too scared) and personally think that a home detox is the best way to go. But this is a very personal decision and what you decide depends on a variety of factors:

—Money

—Time

—Comfort of detox

—Effectiveness

—Privacy

—Job constraints

—Childcare

Whatever you choose, it really comes down to what gives you the best chance to succeed based on your circumstances. I’m not going to debate the merits of one vs. the other here. Each day, thousands of people commit to quitting opiates and many do not have the time or resources to participate in a medical detox or rehab. If you simply need to get through your detox and withdrawal in the most comfortable way possible, I think that detoxing from opiates at home makes a lot of sense. Opiate withdrawal is not considered life threatening and if you go to an emergency room for opiate withdrawal symptoms they will most likely observe you, give you some Benzos and send you on your way with a big, fat bill. And NO, they will not give you a straight IV push of Dilaudid or Verset (opiates that are industrial strength and used in hospitals).

So… if you have decided to detox from opiates at home, let’s just say that you’ve come to the right place. I’m also going to assume that you have the Withdrawal Ease product and the Survival Guide. If you don’t have the product and the Guide not to worry; you’ll still find this very useful and we offer the Guide as a free download.  However, if you detox at home and don’t use these two tools you are going to be more uncomfortable than you have to be. If you’re hell-bent on not buying the product, I will not leave you out in the cold. I’ll give you a link to all of the ingredients in Withdrawal Ease. There are many ingredients in our formulations but you may be able to find a lot of them sold separately in a store like GNC. But who wants to spend $300 bucks on stuff that you’ll never use again when you can buy one system for 300% less? Do you really think you’re going to need this stuff later on? Nevertheless, to be completely impartial, I’ve listed the ingredients and you can do as you wish.

Putting together your plan can be as simple or as detailed as you want. I hate all of those self help books that look like it’s going to be soooo easy to be happy again! And then you start reading it and there are all of these complicated steps and processes to follow which end up overwhelming you and ironically making you feel inadequate! So don’t kill yourself on the details here. The Withdrawal Survival Guide has a lot of that. Just remember that this will represent the framework and guard rails of your detox; so whatever your plan is, you need to be prepared to follow it closely.

Your Home Detox Plan Should Include The Following:

1. Your timetable, taper plan and detox date: I would recommend planning your detox at least 30-45 days in advance depending on your taper schedule (I will go into tapering later on). And don’t get all relieved because you have 30 more days to take pills. That “fun” is over, pal.  Those people on Suboxone need to taper for at least 3 months, so keep that in mind, folks. Or, see my page on Suboxone withdrawal to get more info on what you need to do for a Sub detox.

2. Your support structure: Is there someone that you can trust that can help you through this? Even if you just tell a good friend what you are planning to do, this is a good thing. It’s always better to have a loved one to be with you (or be on-call) during this process. If you don’t have any loved ones OR friends, isn’t there some cool guy or girl at work that you can trust??? If not, then that’s okay. It’s just a good thing to have that support when you need it.

3. Your budget: Although you may be avoiding pricey detox centers and rehabs, you’re going to need to shell out some money for supplies, food, movies etc.

4. Your “to-do” list: The Withdrawal Ease Survival Guide has all of this info in it and should include things like:

—Supplies needed for detox

—Childcare needs. Do yourself (and them) a favor and find someone who can take care of the kids for a couple of days. Even if it’s just for a good portion of the day. Spend the money to get a babysitter if you have little ones because you’re NOT going to want to take care of them when you are in withdrawal.

—Job responsibilities and possible comp time. Have any vacation or comp days that you can use for the detox? If you do, use them because it will be worth it.

—Financial responsibilities that you will NOT want to take care of during detox (electric bills, car payments etc.)

—Any visits or dates that you’ve scheduled. Do you really want Uncle Stanley coming over when you’re in withdrawal?

5. Your 5-7 day, daily detox schedule: I have written out a detailed day to day detox plan in the Withdrawal Survival Guide but you can take that schedule and make it your own. Try to fill your days during the acute detox period with a lot of activity and then designated sleeping/rest times.

6. Your Wish List: I think that this is a crucial part of the planning process. You need to put together a list of all the reasons why you are doing this. “Getting your happiness back” is an obvious favorite of mine but feel free to be more specific. Things like:

—Have more energy and desire to play with my kids

—Improve my marriage

—Do a better job at work

—Save money

—NOT be depressed and moody all of the time

—Save Life/avoid unwittingly overdosing on my pills

—Enjoy activities that I used to enjoy but no longer do

—Energy!

—No more guilt

Etc. etc. etc. You get it. This list should be with you at all times. You can even dork out and get a card laminated with the reasons why you’re quitting. But whatever you do, you need to keep these at the forefront of your mind.

7. Your Plans for After Detox: You’d be really surprised at how much time you spend on your addiction/dependency. All of the doctors appointments, pharmacy visits, counting pills, counting pills again, thinking of excuses why you need your script filled 2 days earlier and counting your pills a third time. All of this time needs to be filled by something, so try and think about things you might want to do with that extra time. This could be closely related to your wish list and can be combined with it. But the fact is, you’re going to have a LOT more time to do stuff than you think. Idle minds and idle bodies lead to idle thoughts which lead to pills.

8. How are you going to STAY off of the pills?: This is the rest of your life that Withdrawal Ease cannot actively help you with. You need to figure out how you are going to stay off of your pills for good.  You can never take opiates again unless you have a medical emergency. Therefore, you might need some support for cravings, triggers and any addictive behavior that you think may or may not manifest itself. We have a product called Recovery Ease that is a dedicated supplement system (Day and Nighttime formulations) which can help with post acute withdrawal symptoms and ongoing detox. Think of Recovery Ease as a multivitamin optimized for opiate dependency recovery; it also includes a version of our Nighttime sleep aid.

Don’t blow this off and say you’re gonna be fine. Assume that you are going to have some cravings and play it conservatively. I don’t care if it’s AA or NA or simply getting a therapist… there’s a multitude of good options out there for you. I know, I know… you’re “just physically dependent” but even if that’s the case, plan for the worst and make sure you have resources that can help you stay off of the pills. This is -of course- important.

 

Step #3. TAPER:

Tapering is critical. If you slowly reduce the concentration of opiates in your body, your withdrawals should be less acute and perhaps take less time. Many of the people that have been successful with the Withdrawal Ease plan have used some sort of tapering method. There are many people who believe they cannot taper and that is not true. If you have an adequate supply of your “meds” to ween down from, you can taper. If you can find someone to help you stay on schedule with your taper and keep you “honest”, even better! Make sure you read up on our suggestions for finding your “pharmacist” in the Survival Guide.

Bottom line: Those that taper can get a LOT of benefit from it. It’s just a matter of telling yourself, “I’m quitting now and I’m going to take as little as I need to stave off of the sickness… that’s it… the party’s over and I’m moving on.”

For a complete step-by-step process on how to build your own tapering plan, I would highly recommend that you look at my post on “The Art of Opiate Tapering”.

 

Step #4. Prime Your Body (And Mind):

As you taper, you also need to start doing things like exercising and preparing your body for the detox process which can be quite a shock to the system. Take the time to eat well, exercise and keep yourself well hydrated. I also highly recommend taking Withdrawal Ease Daytime and Nighttime formulations as directed about 5-7 days before your detox. You can take Withdrawal Ease with opiates during this 5-7 day period. This will allow your body to absorb some of the nutrients and adjust to the new ingredients being introduced into your body. Bodybuilders and others call this “loading up” or “saturation”, but I just call it “taking the product 5-7 days before detox”.

There’s also some psychological benefits to priming your body before the detox period. You’re going to be thinking and worrying about all sorts of things and perhaps some of that anxiety is good but it can only benefit you so much. All of this preparation and activity will help ease your mind and reinforce the fact that you are the one who is in control. You are doing everything that you can to help prepare yourself mentally and physically for your withdrawal. That’s all that you can do.

Writing down your priority lists and/or your supply list will also help keep your mind out of hysterical mode. Speaking of hysterics… read anything scary on the Internet message boards lately??!

For the love of all that is holy, DO NOT go onto any message boards about opiate addiction, detox, withdrawal etc. Although they are meant to be “supportive”, I feel strongly that they are very toxic environments and will do absolutely nothing to help you. Internet message boards are not where you will find facts nor are they places that will soothe your anxiety; quite the opposite. They are made up of packs of needy and lonely people who have nothing else to do but act like victims and scare people like you and me. Sounds harsh doesn’t it? It’s the truth. Sometimes I will “lurk” on a message board to see what kind of “advice” people give out and it’s appalling. It’s shocking that a person who has 1,500 posts on a board about opiate addiction somehow gets treated with the kind of reverence and trust that an actual clinician might get. Remember, regardless of how many posts a person has, for all you know they don’t know squat. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more “posts” a person has the more suspicious you should be.

Even if you’re not on a message board to get advice and you’re just lurking around to see if anything might give you some insight, you have no clue as to what you’ll find. Most likely, it will be hysterical and will only increase your anxiety. I cannot tell you how many boards I’ve gone on where people say stuff like, “IF I HAVE TO GO THROUGH ONE MORE DAY OF THIS I’M GONNA DIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!” or “pleeeze tel mee when this is gunna end!!!!”

How is something like that going to help you out? That isn’t reality and you’re not going to die from opiate withdrawal. You’re going to be sick… just sick. You’ve been sick hundreds of times and this will be no different. I can tell you that I’ve personally experienced opiate withdrawal at least 5 times and it’s nowhere near as uncomfortable is a bad stomach flu recovering from surgery or breaking a bone. In fact, if you told me that I had a choice between wisdom tooth extraction and 3 days of opiate detox, I would take the detox in a heartbeat!  Does it suck? Yes it does. But if you do it the right way and take steps to control the acuity and duration of your withdrawals, it’s completely bearable.

I’ve had people who took up to 60 Percocets a DAY along with various other muscle relaxants who have been able to go back to construction jobs after 2 days of detox. They tapered, followed the Withdrawal Guide, took the product and got through it. For some, it may take a little longer to recover but if those people could get through it, it’s safe to say that you can too. Ultimately, you must remind yourself of this one thought: What’s a few days being sick compared to the weeks, months, and even years that you’ve been chasing this demon?

Your health and happiness are worth it and you need to remind yourself of that as you prepare…Bring it!

 

Step #5. Detox:

So hopefully at this point, you’ve done your preparations, you’ve tapered your meds and hopefully started taking the Withdrawal Ease. You’re ready. Now is the time to refer to your daily schedule or perhaps the outline of the schedule that I have written in the Guide. You’ve done everything right up until this point and now is the moment of truth. At this point, hopefully all responsibilities are either not applicable or delayed for a few days so that you can concentrate on yourself. If not, well then you’ll just need to make the best of it, which is the case for many people.

Even though you may have your own daily schedule or perhaps are referring to the Guide, there are some main FAQ’s and strategies that I want to emphasize about the detox period. Perhaps you may not have bought the product or are trying something different so I want this to be helpful. Two of the worst aspects of opiate withdrawal are fear and not knowing so hopefully this will be useful:

5 Most Common Opiate Detox FAQ’s From withdrawal-ease.com (Caution: some drugs have longer half-lives than others so withdrawal periods will vary. The figures below are for the usual offenders like Vicodin/Hydrocodone, Percocet etc.):

How long is it going to last? Typically an acute opiate detox lasts 3-5 days with some residual symptoms hanging around for a week or so after that. After 3-5 days, your symptoms will dissipate a bit more each day and you’ll start to get more and more sleep.

What are the symptoms? Here are the most common symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Will I be able to work? Do not plan on going to work between days #2-#3 as those are the most acute days. Click here for a graph on a typical withdrawal duration and acuity.   As I mentioned, this may vary and many folks feel ok to work sooner… but plan for 3-5 days

Will I die? Yes, eventually you will die but probably not from opiate withdrawal. It’s very, very rare for people to die from opiate withdrawal. If you keep taking opiates, your chances of mistakenly killing yourself due to an overdose are FAR greater. If something is obviously wrong… like your heart stops or you cannot breathe… get yourself to a hospital! But the fact of the matter is that the medical community does not consider opiate withdrawal to be a life-threatening event. I’m assuming a certain level of common sense is applied to every situation but I would not worry about dying from opiate withdrawal.

Can the withdrawals last forever? No. It may seem like it but opiate withdrawal symptoms usually last a few days and then slowly dissipate.

Some Good Detox Strategies To Follow (During the Acute Detox Period)

1. Stay busy and active as much as you can.

2. Eat well and hydrate a LOT.

3. Get some moderate exercise each day. Don’t enter a triathlon, just walk briskly for a bit each day.

4. Take hot showers multiple times a day.

5. Read over the reasons why you are quitting if you ever get discouraged.

6. Restless Legs? At night, right before you slip into bed, I would take some Ben-Gay cream and rub it onto your thighs and calves. After applying the Ben Gay, take two towels and wrap them around each leg firmly (but not too tight). You can take the corners of each towel and tuck them in to make sure that the towels don’t unravel. Then slowly and carefully, slide your legs into bed.  It’s an old “growing pain” trick that I found to be very useful for those night time RLS bouts. By applying pressure and heat you can help reduce the muscle spasms and twitching. A customer of mine named Jim also told me that compression socks can work well too. Thanks Jim!

7. If you can take things like Advil and Immodium (as directed), they will help.

8. Things like funny movies and books on tape (I use my iPod and download books from iTunes or audible.com) can help make the time pass.

9. Get out of the house at least once a day and run an errand. “Sheesh…I HAVE to be the only one in this grocery store withdrawing from opiates. Wait, why is that guy sweating so much?!”

10. Understand that the depression that comes along with the withdrawal is exactly that. Everyone gets  depressed when they are in withdrawal. Keep telling yourself that and keep reminding yourself that the depression is a chemical reaction caused by your detox. It’s a symptom that will go away just like the other ones.

 

Step #6. Recover:

After the initial/acute detox phase which can last up to 7 days (it’s usually 3-5), you’ll need to prepare yourself for recovery. The technical term for it is PAWS. (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome). The one thing that I emphasize to all of my customers during the recovery phase is PATIENCE. I know… you hate that word as much as I did so maybe I could substitute the word “perspective” instead?  Remember, we are all used to the instant gratification of taking opiates, but your detox doesn’t follow those rules.  Most people turn back to their pills at this point because they get discouraged about not feeling immediately better. Don’t do this! You’ve come tooooo far and it’s too late to turn back. The keys to a successful recovery are all rooted in resolve and patience, but I’ll give you a few tips to make sure that you get through this period without doing something stupid like starting to take your pills again:

1. Did I say patience? I meant to say perspective. Most people go back to their pills after the worst part is over. Don’t make the same mistake! Each day after the acute detox period, you will experience slight improvements in how you feel both physically and mentally. It’s your job to recognize those improvements and refer back to the reasons why you are quitting. Notice any similarities?

2. Keep following the eating and exercise regimen from the Survival Guide. In fact, consider eating right and exercising for the rest of your life. Evidence suggests that this is good for you and will shorten the recovery period.

3. Make sure that you keep taking the Withdrawal Ease. There should be plenty of product left to take and most customers take it for the full month and then stop. There are no withdrawals when you stop using it.

4. Remember to stay off of the Internet boards/message boards. Misery loves company and you are no longer very good company to some of those folks. I know, I know… many of those people may give you a virtual high five or use some sort of congratulatory emoticon, but let’s face it… that part of your life is over. You need to train your mind to think about other things other than opiates. If you want to help others that’s fine. But remember that the message boards didn’t detox for you and they won’t recover for you either. Move on.

5. If you can, start up an old activity and/or hobby as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed at how much time you have now that you don’t think about pills. You need to fill that time with something else or your mind will start to default back into that pill mentality. Do something/anything to fill this time with something that gives you pleasure and distracts you from your recovery.

6. Although I mention eating right above, I have to emphasize the importance of hydration during this time. Your body has gone through the ringer and it needs as much replenishment as it can get. If you are peeing more than you would like to, that’s probably a good indication that you’re well hydrated. Keep on peeing!

7. Call a friend or relative and tell them that you’ve kicked pills and are in recovery. Obviously this needs to be someone you trust but if you have someone that you can talk to, you’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel and how proud you are of your accomplishment.

8. IMPORTANT: Call your doctor(s), dealers, pharmacists etc. and tell them that you have become dependent on opiates and no longer wish to take any now that you have detoxed. Whether you like it or not, these are all people who financially benefit from your dependency or addiction and they need to know that you are no longer in the market. Of course, many people like your pharmacist and doctors may have had no idea that you were dependent or addicted but you need to take the first step and tell them about your issue. Under HIPPA patient privacy laws, your doctor and your pharmacist are not allowed to discuss your situation with anyone else, and if they do, you can sue their asses. So don’t worry about people calling the police or anything. You don’t need to give out many details. The goal here is to make sure that your “suppliers” know that you are no longer interested. If you choose not to do this then you will be welcomed back with open arms if you decide to start taking pills again. You don’t want that.

9. Buy yourself something. You deserve a selfish, needless present for what you’ve accomplished. Many of you will now be saving a lot more money since you will not have to feed your habit. You don’t have to go and buy yourself a Maserati (2014 GT Spyder, dark blue with cream interior) or anything like that… just something that makes you smile and that you’ll enjoy.

10. Read your reasons for quitting when you wake up and before you go to bed. You are going to be happier when you have fully recovered. Honestly and truly happier… I promise.

 

Step #7. Plan Next Step: What to do now?

After a full month, you should be totally detoxed and feeling much better in every way imaginable. Some of you will be happy to forget about your pills and just be glad to get off of them. You’ll go on with your life and hopefully move on from this whole episode. Perhaps you were simply physically dependent on your pills and are extremely happy that this whole nightmare is now over. Well good for you and consider yourself lucky to have this over with. However, there may be some fences to mend with friends and loved ones about your mood swings, poor performance at work etc. I urge you to dedicate the next few months to patching up all of the things that may have gone by the wayside. Your friends and family will forgive but you need to make sure that you make it clear that they are your priority now. They weren’t your priority when you were taking opiates…the opiates were.

Of course, life will still have it’s good days and it’s bad days. In the past, you may have “hid” from those bad days by using pills, but by and large, you’ll be happier and healthier now that you’re off of the pills.

For those of you who were both physically and psychologically addicted to opiates, your road to recovery may be longer and more complicated. As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, Withdrawal Ease is not meant to help with cravings and addictive impulses— just detox. Nevertheless, there are tons of people and organizations out there that can help you. AA, NA, group therapy, individual therapy with an addictionologist — these are all good avenues to take if you continue to have cravings. I don’t have any bias towards any one of these support systems other than the fact that AA seems to think they have all of the answers. They don’t. For some people AA is great but it doesn’t work for everyone and there are plenty of other viable options to help you cope. “Whatever works” is my motto and it’s a motto that seems to work quite well.

For some, the thought of not being able to take pills ever again is a scary one. Just remember that the only thing that you’ll be giving up is loneliness, guilt, poor health and repeatedly putting your life in danger…it’s not worth it anymore.

Thanks! And good luck!

—George

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed clinician or addictionologist. The post above is for reference purposes only and should not be considered “medical fact” or “standard of care”. It assumes that you are of sound mind and have the ability to make common sense decisions about your specific circumstances and your health. I have gathered this information from a variety of sources including but not limited to: clinical literature, speaking with clinicians, addictionologists and other recovery specialists, personal experience, first hand accounts of detox and Withdrawal Ease customers. As always, all detox plans are best explored with your primary care doctor, prescribing physician or psychotherapist.

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Comments

  1. Home detox can be risky business. However if an addict is committed to it is best that they are well prepared. I really enjoyed your post. You thought of things I would never have considered. This article will be of help to many people whether they are an addict themselves or just know someone who is addicted to heroin. It really highlights the special challenges of detoxing from heroin. Thanks again.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you…I am beginning the process of helping my daughter who has been to detox twice and immediately went back to using. she has gone to heroin because of cost and maybe the high..not sure…I have spent the last week reading everything I could to help me understand how this changes the person to do things (my mind) can not understand. Until this page I thought there was no hope left to save my daughter…she is 37 and my granddaughter is 16 now both living with me. I am going to order this and give her all the support I can but I know it’s up to her to live or not…but her daughter means everything to her so I pray this will be the beginning of her journey…she is back in 8 day detox then home so I guess the paws will be her demon to conquer. Thank you again!

  2. morgan brown says:

    i am looking for ways to home detox i been snorting opiates such as oxys and roxys for two years and my famkily told me to quit or they are making me move out with no job or money or place to go. thanks for ur advice.

  3. Have been battling this issue (addiction) for many years. After reading your info for the past few hours, I am going to give Withdrawal-Ease a chance. I am looking forward for once in my life to begin my road to recovery. Thanks for all the info, and ill be sure to let you know how it has worked for myself!

  4. I have been taking 4 30mg roxys everyday for over 1 year. No more,no less. Yesterday I stopped completely. This morning my only big side effect was pain in my legs. I went and got 4 roxys because I feel the best way to stop is tapering. I took 1 at 1:00pm. I would usuallydo another in an hour and exhaust all by the end of the evening. I instead took 1/2 at 4:30 and the other half at 7:00. This is quite to the contrary of my normal system and I don’t usually go to sleep with anything in my home. I usually wake up and begin my day on the hunt for more. I own my own business and can afford to continue as long as I please but this makes me feel as if the devil is always pushing me down. My question is, in one day I didn’t do anything for the first time in over a year and only my legs hurt, and today I did just above half of what I normally do; any advise on how to quickly regulate thetapering of these?? I am strong willed but it’s just so frustrating. I have no family and no friends because I have put my life into my business and now 10% is going to this habit. Thanks for reading I needed to atleast get that much off of my chest.

    • Hi Thadon I would refer to our tapering article called the Art of Opiate Tapering. that will give you some good guidelines to use as you put together your taper plan. The secret is to set the plan and stick to it. If you cannot stick to it perfectly then you need to consider asking someone to dole out the pills for you.

  5. I just got my withdraw pills and im going to do this .I got off suboxene about a month agobut now im taking norcos but this is it.Im trying to taper off and i will stopp this i hate it.Not having any energy is the biggest problem but this is going to work.I think suboxene is worse then the other pills been on it for 4 years and it was very expensive.Nobody knows about my addiction so i have nobody to talk to so i will write here if thats ok.Thank you i hope this will work.

    • Hi Maria. Congrats on taking your first step to getting your life back. I know how it feels to not be able to talk to anyone; addiction can be the loneliest thing in the world. Just remember to read the Survival Guide that comes with the product and try to follow the directions in there. The Withdrawal-Ease will work if you let it. That means following the guide. You can make it….what’s a few days of not feeling well compared to the years of being depressed and having no energy on these pills?? Please let me know how you are doing and if you should have any questions or concerns along the way, I’ll do my best to get back t you right away.

      You can email me at georgec@withdrawal-Ease.com

      -George

    • I think that is the hardest part for me as well. I am a mother of children a ft worker and kinda a beever cleever mom. It would devastate my kids if they knew….I have no one to talk to or tell. My Fiance would leave me and try and fight for the kids. I want to quit for my kids. I just realized today that I have the problem. I am going to taper down first and then start….just feel so alone

      • Hi Amanda. As you can see from the multitude of other posts here, you are NOT alone and your secret is safe with us! I think you can also see what happens if you let the problem with pills fester for too long. For all of the reasons you mentioned, it is imperative that you successfully detox and get some of that happiness back. I mention guilt in another post and I think it is a useless emotion for you right now. Put that aside and trade it in for a good helping of determination.

        What’s a few days feeling lousy compared to fighting for your kids or your spouse? Not even close right? It’s scary I know but put into perspective, it’s an easy choice and you don’t have a choice; you must do this. I know this may sound harsh but you don’t really have an option. Again, it’s going to be uncomfortable for a few days…just a few days which is a drop in the bucket when you compare it to losing the kids or your job.

        There is a lot of free information and a great product on this site that can help you make those few days more comfortable and if you follow our instructions, you will definitely feel more comfortable. There’s nothing better than starting to feel better on day 3 or 4 and saying to yourself, “wow, I’m coming out of this and I’m going to make it just fine!”. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. I hope that this helped and please email me if you need any more advice or if you have any other questions or concerns.

        “Either Do or Do not…There Is No Try” -Yoda

        -G

      • Hi Amanda. Just got thru reading your post. I know you don’t know me but I am a father of 4 beautiful children and a husband to an amazing woman. I was an addict for years, usually taking 10 to 15 tabs per day. No one knew except for the “dealers.” I felt so guilty, alone, disappointed, etc. I knew if my wife found out I would be getting a divorce and paying child support on 4 kids (yikes). Finally, enough was enough. After several attempts to quit, I finally realized what was the most important. Not gonna lie, it was the hardest thing I”ve ever done. But I promise if you’ll hang in there each day will get better and better. I know you feel alone but trust me you’re not. I’ll be praying for you.

  6. My husband and I have a addiction to oxys and roxys. Would I have to order 2 supplies or only one that we can both share?

    • Hi Mary. There’s a 30 day supply of both formulas so why not just try one order and if you are getting great results from it and need more then you can do that later. Divided equally, you’ll have 2 weeks worth which is usually enough anyways.

      -George

  7. Thanks for the artical. This whole site has been a huge help for me. I am not personally addicted but my best friend and roomate is addicted to the Percs that she is perscribed, and when they run out she goes for the roxys. She has committed to quitting and we have been tapering for almost a month now. I just found this site and it has given me alot of insite to what she is going through, We have just ordered your product and waiting for it to come. I love her to death and hate to see her suffer, but I hope I can be more informed and more helpful after reading this artical! :) Thanks you so much!

  8. Their is so much truth it’s hard. I never thought going to my Doctor was being a drug
    addict I believe people think because they go to their Doctor it’s OK. I’m telling you its not I have taken Oxys & Roxys for close to 12 years 140mg to as much as 200mg a day I thought it was fine because I was a Football Star after all I had 8 Knee Surgery’s 3 Back Surgery’s 5 Shoulder Surgery’s I don’t snort them shoot them I just swallow them..If you notice I just spoke like a true addict I think it’s fine
    well I’m here to say after 12 years and a Script for 180 30 mg Roxys that I stopped 25 days ago everything is true it sucks but it sucks more to miss out on life, family , friends, because your now an asshole. Stay strong I feel better everyday and when I say I went cold Turkey I went from 6 30 mg Roxys a day to nothing. It can happen if you want it.
    My High School Football Coach Said you never stay the same you get better or worse each day. I’m now getting better GOOD LUCK.

  9. Hi i am a addicted ive been doing up to ten loritabs day for the last 6 years and i just want to say thanx for the advise im starting on day one without them thanx agian

  10. i recently went on vacation for my 40th birthday, my best Gf was supposed to come with for the week, she cancelled last minute- so i decided f-it, i will go alone. on march 12th i checked into the ritz in s. florida. on march 13th i was introduced to roxy’s. i met a boy on the beach and for some reason i asked if he could get any pills. believe it or not- he was an addict, he takes and shoots over 15 a day. a very expensive habit for a beach attendant. i ended up checking out and hanging with him for the whole week, high as kite on pills. long story about to become short. i have supported his habit up until this weekend, i spent 6000.00 in less than a month. by the grace of God above, he is detoxing over the next four days at home. i am driving to see him tomorrow to be his support system. we have become close friends in this short time. he is only 24 and a beautiful man wasting his life away as a “pill head”. i am so proud to be a part of his life and his road to recovery- he’s been addicted for 5 years, he had cancer at 19 and that is what hooked him. please, i ask anyone who reads this site to pray for him during this rough road he faces…he truly deserves the prayers. as for me, i take a couple a day here and there; J is determined not to see me take the same road. i ordered your product and i a a nurse, so i feel prepared to help him. these pills are the devil, they take your life away before you even know you had one. to anyone listening- get off if you can….live a better life. we all deserve happiness and unfortunately it doesn’t come in pill form. thank you. love the website, very helpful. pls pray for JMV. God bless. BB

    • wow! hes so lucky t have met you, i would kill for a friend like you, how is he now? ill still pray for you guys even though this is a bit of a late post! godbless! you have a heart of gold!

  11. georgia sayler says:

    I hope this comment reaches you soon. I live in nevada and am detoxing. saw your website and want to order your product. I stopped taking pills yesterday. what is the fastest way to get product to me. i just got married and this is something I need to do-detox. After 10 yrs and 15 surgeries later pain pills were a way of life for me. Anyway thank you for your help.
    Georgia

  12. I just wanted to say that Thank you. I tapered down and started WE 2 days ago. My husband has checked into rehab due to the fact he has medical issues, as where i just need to learn to live and deal with life like everyone else. I never would have thought my mother-in-law would have been so supporting. Because of this site, i told her i was addicted and i needed help. She’s taking my three young children for me for as long as i need. Talk about a surprise. You’re right about not wanting to be around your own kids. I have gone through withdrawals before and found myself screaming at them for no reason. I hated myself. I know it’s going to be hard, but thank you. Thank you for your words. It makes me laugh, cry, and gave me the confidence to do this (because one has to accept the truth one day). Thank you.

    • George Catlin says:

      (06/2012) Please Note:

      Due to some unfortunate internet “miscreants” we have been forced to shut down our comments section for all posts. We love the feedback and the interaction but we get hit with so much spam that it is impossible to clean out all of the “viagra ads” etc. on a daily basis. I’m sorry that we cannot post any comments on these posts but please rest assured that we are looking into additional security measures that will prohibit spam in the future.

      Regards,

      -George (aka Management)

  13. J. Blanton says:

    I praise Withdrawal-Ease for working wonders for me! I have been on 75 mcg of Fentanyl and Percocet 10/325 mg (up to 6 a day) due to having a seizure from something called Conversion Disorder, which is a side effect of PTSD. During the seizure, I fell and had compression fractures in three vertebrae and just could NOT heal due to osteoporosis and other major vitamin deficiencies (I’m a gastric bypass patient also and have issues with iron, calcium, b12, etc.). My accident happened in June of 2009, so I’ve been on the meds since. I did try to check in to a rehab center, but all they did was a bunch of talk and I felt like I was being treated like a drug addict on the street or some criminal; however, all my pain meds were prescribed. My pain management doctor advised me NOT to get off the meds and definitely not waste my money with Withdrawal-Ease! I later spoke with my Hematologist that manages my vitamin deficiencies, etc. and he reviewed the ingredients. He told me to “demand to get off my meds” if that’s what I wanted and he saw nothing in Withdrawal-Ease that would harm me and if anything, it would help a lot of issues! I ordered it and started taking it the final week of my tapering script the pain management reluctantly gave me. I ended up taking for the final three weeks and immediately after stopping, I noticed I was NOT sleeping as well as when I was on it and just didn’t have the get up and go I had while taking it. I just placed my order for a three month supply of Recovery-Ease and plan on using it long term to help alleviate any withdrawal issues and possibly use it for just a daily dietary supplement. I’d love to have a reply to let me know if it’s ok to use Recovery-Ease on a long term basis as a supplement.

    • Hi! Thanks so much for sharing the details of your story with us! Recovery Ease was made for your specific situation. It is intended to help folks with their long term detox as well as provide a great multivitamin component. Even those not detoxing from opiates can benefit from this and long term use is not harmful; it’s supposed to be beneficial. Just like Centrum but made for long term detoxification.

      Thanks again for your kind words…I’m sure your story resonated with a LOT of people here.

  14. Opiate addiction has krept up on me, It took my job, my marriage, home and family including my children. For 5 years I have justified taking 10 Roxycodone 30 per day, The addiction got the best of me and my doctor has declined prescribing, leaving me with a week of meds to use to taper. I am not sure I can afford the product, but I am going to use all the tools from this website. I don’t want to be held hostage by meds anymore. I want this so bad, I am alone and scared. But I want a life back again, I want to be free, happy and healthy. Pray for me. I thank you with all my heart, you have provided so much info, You may be the one that finally made my wish come true. Tina K New York

    • Dear Tina. First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve gone through all of this. Please contact me at Georgec@withdrawal-ease; perhaps we can help.

      “Krept up on me” is a very good way of describing it. Many here (and out there) struggling with opiates have the same issues…you’re definitely not alone ok? The other thing to remember is that even though you may have lost short-term trust from your loved ones, I refuse to believe you’ve lost them for good. Many people don’t understand a family member’s ability for forgiveness. BUT, you must get better first.

      In order to successfully get better, you’re going to have to push a lot of that guilt to the side and concentrate on YOU. That means transferring that guilt into a more constructive emotion like determination and focus. You need to take the first step and plan out your detox. Many people feel as though withdrawal is something that is out of their control and that is not necessarily true. There are proven methods to help you make the detox process more comfortable both physically and psychologically. Regardless of whether you buy Withdrawal Ease, you can help yourself by following our instructions; which are free.

      Another poster here talked about exercise and it sounds so cliche but an active process like that can really help. I don’t care if you just go to a mall and stare at people; just get out of the house and stay active. What I’m really trying to say is that much of the withdrawal process begins with attitude; if you lie back and wait for “the wave” to hit you then…well…it will hit you. But if you take the steps necessary to help yourself then it will be a lot easier and will help you be more successful. Sorry for the long post but I think this is applicable to many of my visitors.

      Regardless of whether you take the product or not, losing the guilt and turning that into focus will help you immensely. Sure, guilt is normal under the circumstances but for right now it’s doing you no good. There is a place on this site where you can download our Withdrawal Survival Guide. It’s free and even though we ask for your email, we will not SPAM you to death; I promise! Read it and try to follow the instructions to the best of your abilities. For your sake and for those that love you, getting through this process is imperative. You MUST be successful so you need to do it on your terms. The fact that you’ve had the courage to come on here and tell your story is indicative of your courage and now it’s time to get your happiness back.
      -G

  15. dear George, thanks for all your info., and honesty,. this is the BEST site I’ve ever read! I need help..i need to get my husband to read this…he has a horrible “abusive” drug addiction, since his truck accident in 1998. his foot/heel was crushed..17 pins/screws, nothing to hold together, so they were removed…one broke off, they left it there?? …a lot of arthritis involved . his doc told him it will get worse with age. he’ll give him whatever he wants. I’ve tried locking them up and distributing them to him..[never works]…. telling his family, and all of us talking to him,..threatening to leave him…I also left his doc know he takes too many..[he knows]…he said “I don’t think he WANTS to …have you seen his x-ray!!?”…he doesn’t know EXACTLY what he’s doing. hes prescribed a lot of narcotics!..theres no reason he should run out at all. but he does, , it used to be 3-4 days early, [monthly], then a week early , now its almost 3 wks early! he’s actually in withdrawal as we speak!…it’s been our lives now for years. I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!. ..OVER THE YRS HES BEEN ON 4 ,-80MG OXYCONTINS A DAY….FENTANYL PATCHES 75MG PLUS 4 ROXYS….[started out on only 3 percs a day]…now it’s 5-30mg. roxys, and 2- 100mg morhine sulfate er’s, and they still cant be enough for him!…..one question I have, what does a narcotic abuser, who has pain, do?? i’m sure once off of them, they cannot take any narcotic ever again? when he’s withdrawing he says hes getting off everything…but once filled again, he’s back to business as usual. I feel he loves pills more than me, ..more than anything or anyone. I have to take hydrocodone for my back…I do not abuse them…he drives me nuts asking for mine…”lend me some”…”help me!”…they’re like m and m’s to him anyhow…but DO help my back. [I’ve been in pain since 2001]…..I cant lend him some anyhow, he cant re-pay them, he gets a different kind…..it’s an ongoing thing…I cant afford the home detox stuff you have, but he is a private person, so if anything, I MAY get him to do this himself at home. I got a lot of great tips from your materials. thank you for listening..i don’t know where to turn!!!!!, or what to do??

  16. Hi
    I had 10 years clean and sober completely off everything then when my youngest daughter was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at age 2 I lost it! And since her death at age 7, 3 years ago have been on pain meds since! I was a meth addict for 14 years and had never touched opiates at all until I had a surgery when I was clean during that period, then my baby’s diagnosis and it’s all been downhill from there. I have gone to NA for years and I know what I need to do. I do NOT want and won’t go into another rehab if my life depends on it. my husband and I are so sick of this crap and sick of the BS that goes along with all this that I’m DONE!! But I need help to get off… I went off it once cold turkey and OMG! I thought I was gonna die! LOL… but didn’t obviously… so now I really want to do it so I succeed… after coming off the first time my baby was still alive an when she died I took a handful of oxys that my friend (who I met in recovery) gave to me and also was the same person that turned me into CPS… that’s another story… anyway… I don’t wanna go thru what I did before. I just want to get off this shit and get life back and be who I am meant to be. I know I will never be who I was before.. after a death of a child I will never be the same. Anyway, I appreciate this site an everything that you have here and we are going to give this stuff a good go!!! I am a full time student… which I hope to be able to get off either on break or something I know I won’t be able to think while in school and detoxing.When I was clean before I accomplished so much that I didn’t think I’d ever do… I have a professional career and DO NOT WANT TO LOSE MY LICENSE becuz of my stupidity of my addiction. I know I’m an addict.. have been since I started using at age 10 now I’m 41. I just keep thinking and know that my angel is watching me destroy myself from Heaven cuz I don’t want to feel the pain of losing her again… it’s so much PAIN an AGONY! So glad I found this site and I’m printing everything out and we will be buying these products in the next few weeks as I get paid.
    Thank you… any other advice besides grief counseling with PTSD counseling (which I know I need and will start to go to) will MUCH APPRECIATED!!!

  17. Chris Miller says:

    Can a person with chronic pain ever really be free of opiate use? Is there a difference between responsible drug use (maintenance) and addiction? I look at the case of George (above) and it is clear that he did not allow his doctor to monitor his pain responsibly. He kept increasing his doses and refilling early. I take the same amount of pills daily and have for over 15 years. If the pain is greater, I know that taking more will not help but will only harm me. The only time I have to refill early is when my son steals pills and then I confess I feel like an addict and I go through all the classic signs. I run a support group so I know what addiction is and I know I don’t use drugs for fun, but I worry about days when there is less pain and I am still taking pills because of maintenance needs. I know withdrawal could never be more than temporary–I have done it many times, though less lately since the arthritis has gotten worse in my neck. One good migraine would send me back to my maximum dose again. When i ask myself which I worry about more, pain or drugs, the pain wins. My mother spent her last years in terrible pain, never complaining. I know if drugs can keep me from that, I’m for drugs. But then I also think I can’t keep going on the way I do.
    Do you have an opinion?

    • Hi Chris. In many aspects you are correct; my pain was not well managed. In fact, my doctor decided not to deal with it anymore and sent me to a pain management clinic. If you had any experience with pain management clinics it quickly becomes apparent that they are perfectly willing to keep refilling scripts as long as you keep your appointments. The actual appointments were a joke…

      “how are you feeling George?”
      “Um, I have pain”
      “Ok well here’s your script for 180 Norco and 3 refills, hope you feel better!”
      “Thanks doc”

      But I had “the gene”. This is my way of describing people who get a significant amount of euphoria and energy from opiates. Some people don’t have “the gene” and they take opiates, feel a bit groggy and their pain is gone. Based on your comments Chris, I think you probably fall into the latter category. Towards the end, pain relief was secondary for me; the 45 minutes of bliss twice a day is what got me trapped. And as the tolerance builds something’s gotta give because you keep chasing the bliss and it becomes less and less effective.

      I think this is an important distinction between those that are physically dependent on opiates. In your case, you have been able to take painkillers as prescribed for 15 years which is surprising to me. You certainly have developed a fair amount of tolerance to the drug and you’re getting a much less effective dose than you were 15 years ago. Many people in your position would have doubled or even tripled their dose to keep up with tolerance.

      Nevertheless, you bring up a good point which is, “at what point does opiate dependence become more of a problem than pain?” I believe that lifelong acute pain is inexcusable and must be treated to ensure that a person like yourself can live a functional and relatively pain-free life. If given the choice between chronic, acute pain or opiate dependence, I choose the pills any day. At this point in time, nothing comes close to opiates for pain relief so if you are taking your meds as prescribed and visiting your doctor regularly then I think you are probably doing the right thing. When a person begins taking more and more that’s when things spiral out of control and a difficult decision must be made.

      I think you should also explore alternatives (PT, acupuncture or whatever works) but in your case I don’t see any better option unless your doctor has some ideas. I hope that this has helped Chris

      -George

      • Bernadene says:

        Hello George,

        Your website is a God send. I intend to follow all the great advice found here when I begin detox and on into recovery. There has to be a better way to manage chronic pain without opiates. I feel like my life is so negatively affected and I want the joy and happiness back that was once the foundation of my existence. The posts are encouraging, uplifting, and invaluable.

        Sincerest gratitude,
        Bernadene

    • Bernadene says:

      Hello Chris,

      I am deeply grateful to you for asking the question that I have struggled with for years now. Having been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about six yeas ago, following two years of terrible pain in my joints, fingers, back, and nearly every part of my body, plus over 2 years of being poked, stuck, scanned, and seeing specialists, a diagnosis finally emerged…RA. I have taken opiates for nearly six years and am so tired of it….I can’t even explain. I feel like my life is no longer my own. Chronic pain is a terrible thing but dependence on opiates is even worse. Again, I appreciate you articulating the question and George’s response. I intend to have a conversation, again, with my doctor. He needs to know that I intend to quit the opiates and look for alternatives to pain management.

      Thank you and all the best,
      Bernadene

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  19. I have fibromyalgia and just had my doctor cut my fenantyl from 50 to 25s. Be AUSE of reading about how strong it is. For the past 5 days I had chills one night the next day I hurt bad in my neck, back, and shoulders. Today was just a very weak day. I laid on the couch all day spoil weak and jittery. I was never told about fenantyl. It was prescribed. I never questioned anyone about it. I thought my Dr New what he was doing, but when I told him I w
    anted to cut down his reply was, I don’t think it has helped you all that much. Never said a word about withdrawal.

    • Hi Connie. An all too common situation I’m afraid. Doctors don’t really know much about opioid dependency. Or perhaps they know but want to avoid the subject at all costs. If I were in pain management, I would have a whole part of my practice devoted to detox and withdrawal treatment. After all, the influx of patients that are currently streaming into your practice will eventually “crash” at some point. You didn’t “crash” per se but you sure could have used some help with your withdrawals. Why not add those patients to your practice?

      I’ve written a couple posts on the issues involved with chronic pain (fibro being a chief offender) and it’s a tough call. Pain is inexcusable but at what point does the need for relief outweigh the eventual downfalls of opiate dependency? There’s the rub. I think the measure of intolerable pain (i.e. needing opiates) is when pain results in loss of function…again, inexcusable if it can be treated.

  20. Ashley Dupuis says:

    I have read in other articles that this withdrawal ease doesn’t actually make a difference during the initial withdrawal. Is there anyone on here that has been through withdrawal without and then will the pills? Can you please let me know your comparison and be honest. Thanks so much

    • Hi Ashley. It’s healthy to have to skepticism. I too have read some of these comments and the VAST majority of them are on message boards. Most of the folks who say that it does not help have not actually tried it and naturally feel intimidated at the thought of detox. After all, those message boards can engender a type of “victim complex” that can comfort those that haven’t gotten the will to actually detox. If you taper, follow our Withdrawal Survival Guide and take the product as directed then it’s almost impossible NOT to see an improvement. After all, tapering and most of the advice in our Guide have been proven to help…they are clinical best practices and accepted as standard of care for opiate detox. The product itself is comprised of nutritional supplements that have been proven to reduce the intensity of many of the common symptoms of withdrawal.

      Withdrawal Ease is not a panacea…it is not a cure. It is one tool that people can use to reduce the discomfort of their symptoms and help them successfully detox. Unfortunately, there are a lot of jaded people on message boards who need to blame or disprove programs like Withdrawal Ease in order to justify their own circumstances. I suppose it is the nature of things… and addiction. Since Withdrawal Ease is roughly the price of one Oxycontin on the street, I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t at least try our program for home detox.

      Ultimately, you must be the “engine” that drives the process; if you follow our instructions, you will have an easier time of it. Period.

      Thanks Ashley; it’s a worthwhile discussion and we welcome feedback from anyone that has tried both.

  21. Im so happy i found this website because there are other people have the same fellings you have and they understand what you are going through so thanks for all the comments rochell

  22. Withdrawal Ease made the detox bearable. People say this is the hardest thing to accomplish and it is hard but can be done IF You want to. That is the key. You have to decide it is important enough to get your life back to normal. This product eliminated jerking while putting vitamins into system. My addiction was Valium 15 years and then Xanax for 1.5 years. I have been drug free since 11.6.2013 and so happy to enter 2014 without drugs. If I can do it anyone can. The guide is a great source too. If you want to be clean you can. The product really helped. Good luck!

  23. C. Goldsmith says:

    hey George, thanx for the info. it is nice someone has finally put together a viable, natural product to assist with the grueling time /symptoms of withdrawal . Everything you mentioned I am in agreement with, only statement I found questionable was; the physical manifestations of withdrawal being no worse than a bad stomach flu. That statement is not necessarily true, depending on the severity of one’s addiction, their tolerance of anxiety and threshold for pain. Many other factors and variables are involved, therefore summing it up neatly as compared to a “stomach flu” can possibly be misleading.

    • Hi C. Ha! I just said “Hi C!” You get it…ok moving on. I agree somewhat although I’m not sure I would use the term “misleading”. Feel free to disagree and I’m even open to the possibility that I’m understating the impact of withdrawal by associating it with a stomach flu. But I gotta tell ya, the sickest I’ve ever been (and this includes several full blown withdrawal episodes) is when I got a stomach flu (or perhaps food poisoning) a few years back. Really, no comparison; I thought I was a goner. While opiate withdrawal may have a wider spectrum of symptoms, I think it’s valid to suggest that the intensity/acuity of a stomach bug or flu is comparable to withdrawal. This is what I was suggesting. Everyone has a different experience however; and this makes opiate detox that much more difficult to treat.

  24. Hello George,

    I have been taking pain meds for along time. I’m up to 12-14 Tramadol a day also as many as 5 hydo when there is no Tramadol. I ran out Saturday morning and I’m know 52 hrs in withdraw. I feel really bad and was wondering if I should go into long term treatment?

    • Hi Carl. Ultimately, your decision on your course of treatment is up to you. Of course I’m not a doctor so I cannot give you any professional advice. Having said that, I’m happy to share my thoughts on your situation! If you are now on your 76th hour of detox, you’ve come too far to turn back. You should be at the tail end of your detox and will most likely start to feel much better going forward. It would be a shame to go through all of this for nothing. So I would definitely hang in there.

      As for whether or not you need more comprehensive treatment, I really think it is worth consideration if you have gone through detox many times before and cannot seem to stop the compulsions. I make a pretty broad distinction between physically dependent and addicted. I’m not qualified to determine if you are addicted but perhaps a consultation with one of them is worthwhile. There are also some great Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP’s) out there that have been successful. I’m sorry that I could not provide a more definitive answer for you!

  25. As an online business owner I have luxuries most people would dream for. I make over 6K, great wife, dog, house, and trying to have our first child. You would think that is all I needed…. Oh was wrong. First it was Viks, then percs, and now Roxi’s…. It is a devilish cycle that you can control if you want to. I am not a doctor but what worked for me was first come clean…. Tell your friends, family, anyone that you have a problem. Then figure out your plan. I personally used kratom for the first 3 days and then did a 12 detox program from the health food store. Loaded up with vitamins and healthy remedies. Ya, I spent over $100 but that was a days worth of Roxie’s…. So it’s worth it. So far so good. You could only control today. Yesterday has already happened and tomorrow you might not be here…. Take control and live today. I promise you, you will be happy!

  26. IT WORKS! After 10 years on hydrocodone, I ordered your product and QUIT! It was not like I had thought it would be. I was feverish for about 12 hours and a little restless but nothing like going cold turkey. I am grateful, thankful and encourage anyone to follow this course and get the monkey off your back. With all the new laws with narcotics, I had enough and the shame was almost worse than the addiction.

  27. Val Taylor says:

    Thank u George !

  28. Jodyann says:

    I too am so very thankful for this site. I read all the posts. My situation is a bit different. I am a stage 4 cancer survivor. The cancer metastecized to my right hip and back. I had my right hip removed. There are several places with bone on bone due to missing cartilage. You know that is pain. I have been on the fentanyl 75 patch for 4 years. Always noticing that after the 2nd day I felt down and pressure like anxiety. I am to change it every 3 days but if I wait I stay in bed full of discouragement, negative thoughts and hopelessness. Within an hour of putting a new patch I feel normal. I know that the pain I would have would be unbearable and I am a tough cookie. What would you suggest in my situation? I am also on venaflexine for the depression I dealt with because of the cancer and now being disabled. As far as the pain goes , the patch lasts the full 3 days but I cant handle the emotional pressure I feel in the 2nd day. Thank you.

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