I have just finished reading a book called Romancing Opiates by Dr Theodore Dalrymple in which he claims that withdrawal from opiates including heroin is no more than a minor discomfort.
Doctor Dalrymple has worked in what he describes as a slum area and the prison service and has a lot of experience with drug addicts.
According to the doctor addicts greatly exaggerate the suffering of withdrawal to con doctors into prescribing opiates.
But the book contains contradictions as it also describes the desperate measures some addicts will go to get a fix. Why are they so compelled if withdrawal is such a minor thing to endure.
Never having been addicted to opiates I cannot make a judgment about the accuracy of the book.
I would be interested in the views of people who have been through opiate withdrawal - has the doctor got it right or is he wrong?