George Catlin, Founder and President of Withdrawal-Ease
Hi, my name is George and I would like to welcome you to Withdrawal-Ease.com. Before starting Withdrawal-Ease I was a small business owner and partner in health care marketing company. I decided to create Withdrawal-Ease due to my own personal experience with prescription pain killers and to help the millions of people out there suffering from pain killer dependence and addiction. It all started with a situation that perhaps many of us have been in before.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with severe cervical spinal stenosis and consequently had to undergo a major surgery to implant a metal plate in my neck to stabilize my neck and take pressure off of my spinal cord. I was prescribed a litany of prescription pain medications for pain 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 slowly, but surely 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!”
Almost two years went by and I was still being prescribed heavy doses of pain killers 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 withdrawal from those things. It’s horrible. You cannot sleep, work, eat or anything else resembling normal daily function when you are in opiate detox. The pills gave me energy and allowed me to function but also had terrible side effects like depression, anger, loss of interest in hobbies etc. Opiates kept me from being sick but they were also taking their toll on my life.
So, I started to do research on opiate withdrawal and to my astonishment, there weren’t many options. There were the 30-day in-patient treatment programs designed for alcohol abuse and slightly tweaked to accommodate opiate abusers, there were some “quick detox” centers that put you under general anesthesia and finally, hospital detox centers that just put you in a bed and pumped you full of benzodiazepines and Advil. All of these treatments cost 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.
Eventually I said to myself, “Somethings 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. Millions of you out there are sick of being handcuffed to these pills but are afraid of the suffering 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.
I used my experience in healthcare and the guidance of many friends and colleagues in the clinical field to help me put together an entirely novel way to detox from opiates. I didn’t want to simply create a nutritional supplement, I wanted to put together a judicious, responsible and clinically effective process to detox from opiates as comfortably as possible.
This site and the product called the Withdrawal-Ease Opiate Withdrawal Natural Supplement System® is the culmination of many, many months working with professionals in both the addiction and nutraceutical industries. If used along with The Withdrawal Survival Guide and other content on the site, I feel strongly that this is the most comfortable, affordable, safest and easiest way to detox from opiates. I hope that the site, the product or both can help you take the first step to getting your life back from pain-killers.
Dr. Brian Earthman, MD Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addictionologist and Member of The ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine)
-Withdrawal-Ease Clinical Director
Dr. Earthman joined us in February 2009 after I met with him in early January about Withdrawal-Ease and the product. Naturally, when you are providing information, advice and even a product for opiate withdrawal and addiction, it’s always great to seek the council of someone who is on the “front lines” of addiction. At first I was pretty nervous about presenting the product to him because there’s often a certain bias on the part of the clinical community about herbal and naturopathic supplements. To my surprise (and great relief) I wasn’t roughly shown the door. In fact, Dr. Earthman seemed more enthusiastic about the Withdrawal-Ease website and the product than I could have ever imagined!
You see, there was something that I had not known about Dr. Earthman prior to my visit with him. Dr. Earthman is not an academic although he has more experience with real patients and real people’s lives than any academic could ever hope to have. Dr. Earthman is a healer. If you read his blog entry, he goes into detail about his clinical philosophy and his approach to addiction and what personally strikes me is his true desire provide the most effective treatment options to his patients, even if they might not be “Standard of Care”. The fact that he did not dismiss me and Withdrawal-Ease is a testament to his desire to heal his patients by any means necessary.
There’s a big difference between healing and providing ongoing care. For Dr. Earthman, a good outcome is a patient lost at his practice or in his treatment center. He’s not interested in having a 15 year relationship with his patients just to make sure that his practice has a steady stream of income…I’m sorry to say but some doctors do this. His goal with every patient is to make sure that he actually HAS goals and that he and his patients can make actual progress and possibly even full recoveries. So when he saw my product, he saw an opportunity to add another tool to his arsenal that works. He also saw Withdrawal-Ease.com as an opportunity to reach a greater number of people that quite frankly could use his advice. He believes in the product itself and he believes in our approach to opiate withdrawal.
Going forward, Dr. Earthman will be helping us make improvements to Withdrawal-Ease and also introduce new products or content that might help make opiate detox more attainable for those of you who are suffering.