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The Withdrawal Ease Story

Hi, my name is George and I would like to welcome you to Withdrawal-Ease.com; the leading resource for opiate withdrawal, detox and dependency. First, I’d like to talk about the Withdrawal Ease story because I think it’s important for you to know why I started this endeavor in 2008.

George Catlin Founder of Withdrawal Ease

Me

I decided to start Withdrawal Ease due to my own personal experience with opiate prescription painkillers. This personal nightmare started innocently enough…and believe me when I say that opiate dependency can happen to anyone.

In 2005 I was diagnosed with severe cervical spinal stenosis which is a terribly painful narrowing of the spinal cord. I consequently had to undergo major surgery to implant a metal plate in my neck to take pressure off of my spinal cord. I was prescribed a litany of prescription pain medications and had to keep taking higher doses to manage the nerve pain that kept plaguing me. Doctors orders, you see.

My tolerance for opiates was going up and I was rapidly becoming physically dependent on these pills. I remember vividly the first time that I was without them and I got so sick. I had absolutely no clue what was happening to me and then it hit me: “Oh My God, I’m in withdrawal — how embarrassing! I thought only ‘junkies’ and Robert Downey Jr. went into withdrawal!”

Almost two years went by and I was still being prescribed heavy doses of painkillers from a pain management clinic. I kept taking them, but it was less about the pain and more about being terrified of withdrawals. The withdrawal symptoms from opiates are not life threatening but believe me when I say that you actually WANT to die when you are in opiate withdrawal. It’s horrible. You cannot sleep, work, eat or anything else resembling normal daily function when you are in opiate detox.

So, I started to do research on opiate withdrawal and to my astonishment, there weren’t many options. All of the available treatment options like rehab or rapid detox cost a significant amount of time and a LOT of money. I didn’t want to spend $30,000 on an in-patient rehab or $6,000 for a medical detox; I wanted to find a process or product that could help me reduce the effects of opiate withdrawal and detox so that I could get my life and my happiness back. I truly felt as though there was nothing out there for someone like me. As it turned out, there were thousands of people “like me” all over and they were looking for the same thing.

Eventually I said to myself “something’s gotta give!” so I suffered through an agonizing “cold turkey” withdrawal and quit completely. It didn’t take long to realize how much better I felt and how less depressed I was. There are millions of people just like you (and me) that are sick of being handcuffed to these pills but are afraid of withdrawal and the high cost of getting help in treatment centers. In my mind, if you want to get off of a medication and cannot due to withdrawals, that’s not necessarily addiction; it’s slavery.

This site is the culmination of years working with professionals in the addiction, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical fields of medicine. All of the content on this site is free, along with The Withdrawal Survival Guide. Opiate dependency can happen to anyone: priests, teachers, doctors, lawyers, soccer moms, pilots (gulp) and every other type of person you can imagine. Most are hard working, law-abiding people who who have been sucked into this vortex of dependency and just want to get on with their lives. We hope we can help.

—George, Founder