Dealing with opiate withdrawal

Opiate withdrawal or dependence are serious and difficult health issues that take time, hard work, and should be addressed with help from a medical professional. Sometimes people will consider a dietary supplement in the hope of getting faster, cheaper help – and there are opiate withdrawal or detox supplements on the market that promise fast results and a path to being drug-free. But, based on the FTC’s past experience, such promises can’t be taken at face value.

In fact, the FTC just announced today that it stopped Catlin Enterprises, Inc., and the company’s owner and CEO George Catlin, from misleading consumers with deceptive claims. They said that their dietary supplement products, Withdrawal Ease and Recovery Ease, helped symptoms of opiate withdrawal and increased the chances that someone could overcome opiate dependency. But they didn't have the required scientific evidence to back up their claims that either Withdrawal Ease or Recovery Ease did any of those things.

Under their settlement with the FTC, the defendants cannot make any claims that their products treat or cure any disease unless they have the evidence to back that up. The order also imposes a $6 million judgment, which is suspended due to the defendants’ inability to pay.

If someone you know is tempted to use supplements to beat opiate withdrawal, remember that this is a very serious health issue. Suggest that your friend or family member speak with a health provider about overcoming opiate dependence or addiction. There are effective medical and therapy-based treatments that could help. For more information, visit the National Institutes of Health’s resources for drug abuse treatment. And check out our article for helpful questions to ask a health provider before taking any dietary supplement.

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I was on 30mgs of Opana per day for many years for a chronic pain syndrome when workers comp decided to cut me off cold turkey, twice. No managed weening. I told my husband I was going to our room for a couple of days until it got out of my system. Not a fun process. I had a dependency, not an addiction. The two are very different issues and the pain specialists I've seen won't even give opiate RXs to people the suspect have addictive personalities. If you have a dependency and not an addiction, suck it up and go through the brief discomfort. If you have an addiction you have much bigger issues that need to be addressed than withdrawals.

what type of an opiate are you writing about?

There is a major problem with what those pain specialists are doing. There is no addictive personality. Addiction does not discriminate against any personality type. Here is an example in my own family - In my years of heavy drinking I was usually very shy and withdrawn in most social situations. I needed a few drinks to "loosen up". It finally caught up to me in the military (US Army) and nearly ended my career. It was the wake-up call I needed. I stopped drinking and joined a 12 Step Program. Several years later my brother's heavy drinking got him in trouble (DUI, car crash) in the civilian world. He was outgoing, popular, and worked as a bartender and waiter. Although we had vastly different personalities we both drank heavily and joined the same 12 Step Program. Environmental and genetic factors are far more important. We are just beginning to understand both.

There's a major malfunction with what those pain specialists are doing. There is no addictive personality. I used to believe there was and that I had it - painfully shy, socially inhibited, needing a few drinks to "loosen up". When I finally got in trouble in the military (US Army) I gave up the futile struggle and joined a 12 Step Program. Several years later my brother, who is outgoing,popular and worked as a waiter and bartender, got in trouble in the civilian world (DUI, car crash). Although we have vastly different personalities, we both became drunks and joined the same program. Addiction is far more a result of genetic and environmental factors. Both are only beginning to be understood.

My father and I have inoperable, congenital spinal defects.The only way pain can be relieved is by lying down with our lower legs elevated along with taking either a steroid or UP TO 2 - 7.5mg Norco/day as needed. We have been on this treatment regiment for over ELEVEN YEARS. NOW, SUDDENLY, my Dad's primary care physician has decided to refuse to write him ANY controlled substance meds for his back pain. A 75 year old man, who worked on concrete floors until retirement, has had back surgery, has not EVER been on alcohol or drugs of ANY kind NOW cannot get a prescription for 7.5 Norco & is advised to go to a "PAIN CLINIC" where you encounter every type of doped up, unemployed junky your closest large city has to offer, witness zombified sloths drool, head-bob,jerk-snore, piss themselves, pass out and are treated like strung out junky. I UNDERSTAND there is an opiate issue but punishing honest people who are TRULY in pain and need proper medication is about like thinking that limiting beer sales would decrease the number of alcoholics... It disgusts me to see my Dad suffer due to those who abuse the medication he NEEDS. I could REALLY see an addict doing without to help another person, quite the opposite is true!!!!

According to my 2 pain specialists, one who started the the pain the program at Stanford University Hospital, addictive personalities are those that rely on substances like alcohol, cigarettes, etc to help them deal with emotions and life and are more likely to get addicted to pain medications. Yes, it very much has to to with familial history and brain chemistry. I personally taking Opana, which is synthetic morphine, for chronic pain, as with many people in pain, dont get the euphoria regardless of dosage. So once I'm off the drug I never have the desire for more. I seldom drink and I've never even tried a cigarette at my age of 63.

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