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Opiate and Heroin Overdoses: Wake Up America!

Why Are We So Confused About How To Attack The Opiate Epidemic? I gotta tell ‘ya; if I read one more story about “Heroin Ravaging Small Town,” I might throw my computer. The stories typically begin with horrifying tales of parents OD’ing in their cars with babies in the back seats, people dying at an alarming rate […]

The “Art” Of Opiate Tapering

How To Taper From Opiates: A Proven Strategy For Withdrawal Relief Learning how to taper from opiates is one of the most critical strategies you can use to reduce the discomfort of opiate withdrawal. As I’m sure you can imagine, I get a lot of emails. I get emails from a multitude of folks from […]

How to Detox From Suboxone at Home

How to plan and conduct a successful detox from Suboxone at home. By George Catlin, CEO of Withdrawal Ease In the following post, I’m going to do my best to explain how to detox from Suboxone at home. It CAN be done. To be perfectly honest, I’m shocked at the amount of people who are […]

Proven Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal

Home Remedies For Opiate Withdrawal That Are Essential For Success. Are you are one of the thousands right now dreading opiate withdrawal and feeling as though you have no choice but to sit back and gut it out? Well, I have good news for you; there are proven home remedies for opiate withdrawal that can […]

How To Detox From Opiates At Home

Want to know how to detox from opiates at home? As you may have noticed, I’ve dedicated a whole website to opiate detox and more specifically, how detox from opiates at home. Many of my blog posts have discussed the various psychological aspects of quitting opiates and ending your dependency. However, just like my article […]

The Thomas Recipe – What Is It and Can It Really Help Opiate Withdrawal?

  Dear Thomas: It is alleged that you passed away in 2008: R.I.P. With one simple post on a message board, the Thomas Recipe was born and you made an impact on countless lives (and no doubt saved a bunch of them). If it is true that you passed away in July of 2008, it […]

The Top Ten Reasons To Stop Taking Opiates

As you read the top ten reasons to stop taking opiates, please keep in mind that I am not trying to be judgmental with this list. Some of the reasons to top taking opiates may apply to you and some may not. My hope is that this list will help you be honest and objective […]

Opiate Dependency’s “Gap In Care”: The real reason why prescription drugs kill

By George Catlin, CEO of Withdrawal Ease Opiate dependency is suffering from a gap in care; it is one of the main reasons why prescription drugs kill. To my knowledge, Phillip Seymour Hoffman didn’t want to die, and neither do the thousands that die each year from opiate overdoses. Opiates cause more accidental deaths each […]

Opiate Addiction – A New Breed of Drug “Addicts” Warrants a Novel Treatment Approach

Why Opiate Addiction and Dependency Has Us All Stumped If you’re an opiate addict (or physically dependent on opiates) today, nobody is quite sure what to do with you. You buck the trend, you don’t quite fit into any of the “pre-defined” categories of substance abuse and your dependency doesn’t progress in a linear and […]

Antidepressant Withdrawal.

An Introduction To Causes and Symptoms of Antidepressant Withdrawal Antidepressant withdrawal can occur when weening off of drugs like Cymbalta and other SSRI’s. For those that are weening off antidepressants, a variety of symptoms can manifest themselves. I have a personal history with opiates and I know what it’s like to be dependent on them; […]

It’s The Withdrawal Stupid!

By George Catlin, CEO of Withdrawal Ease If I read one more article riddled with statistics about the unrelenting grip of addiction that is fueling the current opiate epidemic, I’m going to get violently ill. It must be equally frustrating to those of you who are currently battling opiate dependency. Don’t get me wrong; it […]

Suboxone: To Sub Or Not To Sub…

Thinking About Taking Suboxone? If you are struggling with opiate dependency, you’ve probably conducted some research on your treatment options: taking Suboxone is one of those options. I wouldn’t blame you if you thought that taking Suboxone sounds like a pretty “easy fix” compared to the alternatives. As I’ve mentioned, throughout the site, I had a physical […]

“Is Suboxone Right for Me?”

First of all, as I’ve made clear throughout this site, I’m not a doctor. Ultimately, only you and your doctor can make the decision whether or not Suboxone is right for you. My job at Withdrawal-Ease is to present the facts. My mission is also to sprinkle in my personal opinion. Of the thousands of […]

Tramadol Detox Explained

Tramadol is often prescribed as an alternative to many other prescription painkillers but if you take it for an extended period of time, Tramadol can cause detox symptoms. Many people ask me about the best way to detox from Tramadol at home and in my experience, the Tramadol detox process is a bit different from […]

Suboxone – Is A Storm Looming?

Over the past few years it has become readily apparent that many patients on Suboxone are wrestling with Suboxone dependency. Suboxone dependency has become a really serious unintended consequence for those that were looking for a way out of a life dominated by opiates. For many, Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are similar to opiate withdrawals yet, […]

Hydrocodone Is Now Schedule 2: How will it affect you?

As of October 6th, 2014 Hydrocodone is now a Schedule 2 narcotic. Prescription medications containing hydrocodone such as Norco, Vicodin and Lortab will officially be classified as Schedule II narcotics by the DEA under The Controlled Substances Act. This re-scheduling by the DEA is an effort to curb rampant abuse and subsequent overdose deaths caused […]

How To Detox From Heroin

I’m a bit uncomfortable using the title “How To Detox From Heroin” because it implies that detoxing from heroin is A) Simple and B) something that I’m an expert at. Neither of which is true. Detoxing from Heroin is something that I get plenty of emails about; every day. It’s not secret that more and […]

Zohydro: An Appalling Display of Hypocrisy

By George Catlin, CEO of Withdrawal Ease April of 2014, Atlanta GA: I was in attendance for 2014 National Drug Abuse Summit and did not have a booth that year so I was able to attend some of the events. The keynote speech was an appalling display of hypocrisy. It’s ironic and perplexing that not […]

CNN: Painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined

(CNN) — The autopsy results aren’t in yet, but police believe heroin played a role in the death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Using heroin can kill you, but it may not be in the way you think. If Hoffman did die from using heroin, his death was atypical in some aspects. Here’s […] How to fight rising heroin and opiate use

With the very recent and tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the once vague connection between heroin use and prescription opiate painkiller abuse has never more clear. Though tragic, it’s heartening to see so much news shining the spotlight on these issues that have been at the forefront of our efforts here at Withdrawal Ease. […]

FDA Recommends Schedule 2 Classification on Hydrocodone

New York Times: FDA Recommends Schedule II Classification for Hydrocodone Hydrocodone has become the FDA’s latest target in an effort to stem the tide of prescription painkiller abuse. More people are currently dying of opiate overdoses than car crashes. Over the past 5 years, it has quickly become one of the most urgent health concerns […]

U.S. News: Pharmaceuticals Kill More Than Cars

“More Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents, according to a new government report.” Ugh. This is getting kind of scary. It’s not the breadth of the problem that I’m surprised about. It’s the short time it took to get to this level! Read the full story at the link below.

How To Ease Restless Legs From Opiate Withdrawal

Restless Legs or Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of opiate detox. It was easily one of the 5 most irritating symptoms whenever I was in withdrawal. For those not familiar with the term, Restless Legs is a syndrome commonly associated with the following symptoms: The unquenchable desire to […]

What Is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S.) causes lower intensity withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months after you detox from opiates. Depending on the drug that you are detoxing from, an acute detox can last from 3-7 days. Some drugs like Suboxone and methadone may have longer acute withdrawal periods. Unfortunately, many continue […]

How to Detox From Methadone at Home

Methadone Detox: Do You Have The Right Plan? Methadone can be one of the most difficult drugs to detox from. Why? It’s mostly due to the fact that Methadone has a longer half life than most other opiates. Ergo, it takes your body longer to completely be free from methadone because it occupies your brain’s […]